6 Yoga Poses You Can Do in Your Home or Garden

As workout trends come and go, nothing has stood the test of time like yoga has. It’s been around for more than 5,000 years. Yoga is a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation, and helps burn calories all at the same time (it’s amazing!).

Here are some key yoga poses you can try out for yourself in your home or garden.

 

The Consciousness Seal

– With your palms open, rest your hands on top of your thighs.

– Tuck the tip of your index finger under the tip of your thumb gently, while keeping the other three fingers lightly extended.

– Then go on to relaxing the back of your hands on your thighs, ensuring your palms are facing upward.

Benefits of this pose:

– Enlightens dull energy.

– Calms and focuses the mind.

– Connects us to our higher being.

– Helps uplift overall mood.

In this pose, the index finger is representative of one’s own consciousness and then thumb represents a universal consciousness. When the two join, the limited self is then connected with the universal self.

 

Reclining Bound Angle Pose

– Exhale and lower your back lorso towards the floor by leaning on your hands.

– Once you are leaning back, use your hands to spread the back of the pelvis and relax your lower back through your tailbone.

– Bring your lower back all the way onto the floor.

– Place your legs in a triangle shaped position (as seen above).

– Lay down your arms beside you, on a 45 degree angle with your palms facing upwards.

– Imagine your knees are floating up towards the ceiling and continue settling your groins deep into your pelvis.

– Stay in this pose any time between one and ten minutes.

Benefits of this pose:

– Helps to relieve stress, mild depression, menstrual cramps and symptoms of the menopause.

– Improves circulation.

– Great for stretching the thighs, groin and hips.

If you want to take this pose to the next level, you can stretch out the inner thighs more by elevating your thighs off the floor and pressing your feet down to lift your pelvis slightly up. This is not advised for those trying it for the first time, however, as it can be very intense.

 

Reclining Hands To Toes Pose

– Lay back on the floor, legs extended. Support your head with a folded towel or blanket if you need to.

– Exhale, bend your knee, draw your thigh to your torso, then hug the thigh against your stomach. Repeat with both legs.

– Loop a strap around the arch of your foot and hold the strap in both hands.

– Inhale and straighten the knee towards the ceiling.

– Broaden your shoulder blades, keeping your hands as high on the strap as you can.

– Hold this vertical position for anywhere between one and three minutes.

– Repeat with both legs.

Benefits of this pose:

– Improves digestion.

– Strengthens your knees.

– Stimulates the prostate gland.

– Aids in reducing high blood pressure.

If you are a beginner and want to slowly improve your flexibility, try out this pose at first with one of your heels pressed against a wall for extra support. This support will help reduce the pressure on your inner groin.

We hope these simple yoga posers will give you a great starting point and your enjoy trying them out in your garden or home.

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