Check out our April yoga flow with our favorite yogi, Ashley.
freshly mowed lawn ∙ warm earth ∙ cool air
This essential oil combination grounds the senses and uplifts your mood, as it captures the aroma of a woodland forest sprouting back to life for the spring season. The three oils work together to relieve anxiety and tension, while restoring emotional balance. Diffuse all three oils together to embrace the transitioning season and welcome the warming weather.
As the soil begins to soften, we begin to plant the seeds of intention for the warm months ahead! This month we will honor Mother Earth by pairing our Grounding Day Essential Oil Blend with a yoga sequence that brings awareness to our hips and legs, helping us connect to the Earth and express gratitude for all that she gives us.
1: Pyramid Pose/Revolved Triangle (Parivrtta Trikonasana)
From mountain pose, step left foot back. Place hands on your hips and keep hips squared. On the inhale, lengthen your spine and engage your quadriceps. On the exhale, hinge at your hips and begin to fold forward, toward your front thigh. Keep your collarbones broad to maintain openness in your front body and length in your back body. To add a twist, place left hand near right foot. On the inhale, lift right hand towards the sky. Exhale and gaze up toward your fingertips. Untwist to release. Hold 5 -10 breaths. Repeat on other side. Repeat the affirmation:
“I bless and care for the Earth, as she blesses and cares for me.”
2: Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III)
Begin in Warrior I, with right foot forward. Root down firmly with your right heel to lift your lower belly, drawing the abdominals in and up. Roll left outer hip forward, turn inner left thigh toward the ceiling then pivot onto your back toes. On the inhale, lengthen your spine. On the exhale, tilt your torso forward and reach your arms out ahead. Shift your weight into your front foot and gently lift your back leg until it is parallel to the floor. Extend arms so that they frame your ears. Hold 5 - 10 breaths. Repeat on other side. As you connect to the earth with the soles of your feet, repeat the following affirmation:
“I am anchored & connected to Mother Earth. I have everything I need.”
3: Front Splits Pose (Hanumanasana)
Begin in downward dog or from a kneeling position. Bring your right leg forward and place heel on the floor. Shift your hips back and begin to slide front foot forward. Press your fingertips into the floor for stability. Tuck your left toes under and slide your left knee behind you. Allow the pelvis to lower down as you slide your right heel forward and left foot back. Hold 7 – 10 breaths. Repeat on other side. If you feel stable, lift your hands towards the sky and repeat the following affirmation:
“I close my eyes, letting myself be part of the world, as I let the world be part of me.”
4: Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)
Lie on your back. On the exhale, bend your knees into your belly. On the inhale, take hold of the inside or outside of your feet. Open your knees wider than your torso and try to bring them towards the floor next to your armpits. Flex through your heels and gently push into the soles of your feet. Keep a neutral spine with your tailbone on the mat. Breathe deeply into this pose and feel the gentle energy of Mother Earth surround you and repeat the following affirmation:
“I allow the beauty of nature to heal and nourish my spirit.”
5: Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
Begin in Warrior II with your right foot forward. Bring your left hand to your hip and turn your head downward, bringing your eye gaze to the floor. Shift your weight into your right leg and begin to extend your left leg. In the same breath, lift your left leg, keeping it in line with the hips. Place your right hand on the earth directly under the shoulder. Lengthen through the waist and open the left arm towards the ceiling as you open your chest. Hold 5 – 7 breaths. Gently release and repeat on other side. Repeat the following affirmation:
“I am supported by the Earth and rooted in my purpose.”
6: Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
Begin in staff pose. Bend the right knee and bring the left knee on top of the right so that they are stacked. With your knees stacked and centered, press down evenly into your sit bones. As you inhale, elongate your spine and take your right arm out to the side and rotate it so your palm faces back and your thumb points down. As you exhale, bend your elbow and bring your right arm behind your back, with your palm facing out. On the exhale, take your left arm out to the side and up to the ceiling with your hand facing the midline. Bend your elbow and reach your hand down toward your neck. Reach your hands toward each other and clasp hands or fingers if possible. Hold 5 – 7 breaths. Fold forward and repeat the following affirmation:
“Thank you mother earth for your magical gifts that ground and nourish my spirIt.”
We hope you have a lovely day!
These poses and pose descriptions were generously provided by our favorite yogi, Ashley. Ashley is a Ruidoso, NM based instructor who loves teaching, traveling and tea!
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