“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”
Tis the season of constant change as spring continues to battle to take over the cold & raining weather. I don’t about you, but my body has certainly been feeling the effects. With allergies & seasonal cold, the constant back & forth from warm to cold, sun to rain, my entire body has been working extra hard to constantly adjust causing my shoulders to become especially tense & my breathing to be a bit more shallow. Many of you may have noticed that I have been including a lot of poses that help to open the chest & shoulders lately. So it is no surprise that in keeping with the idea of working to open our bodies to help combat these effects while keeping the body strong & limber that I re-introduce Ustrasana or Camel Pose. Camel Pose is great pose that stretches the entire front body, quads, hip flexors & ankles, while strengthening the back muscles, arms & thighs. It also loosens up the vertebrae improving flexibility of the spine, posture, & helps to relieve back pain. This pose also works to expand the abdominal region, improving digestion & elimination. Because it is such an intense heart opener & back bend, it is important to come into the pose slowly & with a great deal of care. With all these great benefits, what better way to battle the latest effects of the weather than with a pose that not only opens & expand, but also strengthens the body.
I am also happy to announce that “Recover & Restore” workshop is back at Studio in the Heights for "Seasonal Maladies" on Saturday, May 18th from 3-4:30pm!