Check out our February yoga flow with our favorite yogi, Ashley.
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This essential oil combination is warm yet invigorating with aromas of woody earth, sweet menthol, and herbaceous florals. This blend soothes and calms, boosts focus and memory, and promotes clear breathing.
This month is not only about sweethearts and chocolate covered strawberries, but also a month for self-love, nurturing relationships, and building deeper connections with those around us. Pair our Free Spirit Essential Oil Blend with this connection strengthening yoga practice.
1. Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)
This power pose changes the way we think and feel about ourselves. If you are needing self-love this month, come onto your mat, step your feet apart, bend your front knee, turn your back foot 45-degrees and lift your arms up parallel to the mat. Create a strong foundation, take up space and come into an expansive shape that requires your physical and mental strength.
Feel your power coming back to you and release any voices of self-doubt. You can do anything you put your mind to.
2. Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)
From tadasana, bend at the knee and place the your right foot into your right hand. Lift the right arm up and begin to kick out the left leg behind you. Slowly tilt your chest forward and gaze straight ahead. Use the energy and shape of this pose to guide you into a place of sensuality, personal power, and compassion. Release old belief patterns and anxieties.
You may feel challenged or uncomfortable by balancing on one foot - let this remind you of how useful challenging yourself in relationships can be. Doing things that help you grow, even if they are uncomfortable is valuable.
3. Wheel Pose (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
With a warmed up spine, lay on your back with knees bent and feet hip-width apart. Bring your hands to your shoulders, fingers pointing towards you, and press the palms into the floor. Spread your collarbones and press into your hands and feet as you lift into this pose. Let the love flow in, trust in your abilities and have faith.
Being connected to another person in an intimate way is an electrifying feeling. It is a risk and often a fear because it can lead to heartbreak. Heartbreak or feeling like you aren’t worthy of being loved can leave you detached and negatively impact your current and future relationships. Wheel pose opens and expands the heart and helps us overcome our fears.
4. Headstand (Sirsasana)
Practice the full-on shape by placing the crown of your head on the ground and cupping your hands behind the back of your head. Tuck your toes and lift your knees so that your pelvis is elevated. Walk your feet in until your shoulders are stacked over the elbows. Gently lift and extend the legs up to the sky. This pose has many variations and modifications. Practice with caution.
When you've grown comfortable in a relationship, it’s easy to get stuck doing the same thing day after day. This inversion turns your body upside down and transforms your perspective of the present moment. It provides a sense of ease, eliminates stress and awakens your senses.
5. Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)
From your mat (or bed) lay face up and begin to lift your legs up towards the ceiling. Place hands on your back, fingers facing up. Lift your feet higher and walk your hands further up the back for more stability. Hold this pose and lean into this new perspective. Focus on your breath and hold as long as you need.
Like a headstand, shoulder stand pose increases circulation, eliminates stress and brings our hormones back to balance.
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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