Wellness Wednesday: Yoga Strong

The holiday count down is on!

The busyness of the holidays, the sweets from all the parties and the annual events to attend (you know, like the WSCGA’s seminars, workshops and annual meetings), it is easy to put the wholesome cooking and fitness exercises on the back burner.  But there are ways to still be healthy AND enjoy the holidays at the same time. Even though the days are shorter and the weather cooler, that is no excuse to become a couch potato.

As always, we always recommend a round of golf or a trip to the driving range to obtain your daily dose of fitness. However, we know that you may not be able to make it to the greens every day. That is why we have looked for other alternatives that are sure to give you a good excercise and limit your commute (because we all know that the hardest part is actually getting there).

Yoga Strong

Try these beginner yoga moves  for at least twenty to thirty minutes every day, and you will feel the difference!

The Plank

Begin on all fours with your arms straight and shoulders stacked over your
wrists. Have your palms flat and shoulder-width apart. Curl your toes under and
step both feet back until your legs are straight and your feet are hip-width
apart. Bring your shoulders, hips, and heels into one straight line with the
core and quads engaged. Press your outer arms inward and distribute the weight
of your knuckles evenly, gazing slightly past the fingertips. Hold for five to
10 breaths.


From Plank pose, extend your gaze
forward and keep the front ribs in as you bend your elbows halfway to the
ground. Keep your elbows in and over your wrists, and lower your shoulders in
line with your elbows. Keep your gaze forward and your shoulders lifted. Your
upper back should be broad, and the tips of your shoulder blades should draw
down the back. Hold for one to five breaths.


Begin in Mountain pose, standing straight with your arms down at your sides. Bend your knees and drop your hips, bringing your weight onto your heels. Press your lower legs back so you can see your toes when you look down. Drop your tailbone, firm your front ribs inward, and lift your arms up shoulder-width apart. Keep your shoulders relaxed and rotate the outer edges of your arms inward to broaden your upper back. Gaze upward. Hold for five to 10 breaths.
For pictures on what these poses look like, visit Women’s Health.
**These poses were adapted from Women's Health magazine, Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown video and from six years of practicing yoga. 

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