Check out our June yoga flow with our favorite yogi, Ashley.
1 part Lemon, 2 parts Lemongrass and 4 parts Lavender
tart lemon ∙ sweet florals ∙ summertime
This essential oil combination reminds us of childhood summers, spent running through sprinklers, and selling lemonade on the side of the road. This uplifting blend inspires feelings of nostalgia and joy, as aromas of tart citrus and sweet florals fill the air. The three oils work together to promote a fresh and clean feeling, while purifying the air.
The month of June brings beauty in all forms, from healthy and sound bodies to flowers and sunlight. June also signifies the beginning of summer, which brings those good vibes that accompany the warmer temperatures and outdoor activities. This month we will take our practice outdoors and pair our Backroad Lemonade Stand essential oil blend with a dynamic yoga flow that revs up our traditional practice and energizes your body for this new active season.
Dynamic Goddess Pose
Begin by stepping your feet wide apart, turn your toes out slightly, towards the corners of your mat. On the exhale, bend your knees over your toes and lower your hips bringing your thighs parallel to the floor.
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On the inhale, extend your arms up and straighten your legs. As you exhale, bend your legs, sweep arms down and bring your hands to heart center. Repeat 15 – 20 times.
Dynamic Chair Pose
Begin in chair pose and place your feet hip distance apart. As you inhale, lift your arms above your head, with your palms facing towards each other. On your exhale, bend your knees and squat lower.
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On the inhale, straighten your legs and bring your arms down, hands at heart center. As you exhale, bend your knees and squat back, as if you’re sitting in an invisible chair. Repeat 15–20 times.
The spine is a channel between your brain and the rest of your body and this pose energizes the spine and opens the ribcage, increasing oxygen throughout the body.
Dynamic Warrior II
Face the long side of your mat with your arms stretched straight out from your shoulders and your feet parallel to each other in a wide stance. Turn your left foot and knee to face the front of the mat. Distribute your weight evenly between both legs and bend your left knee over your left ankle. Reach strongly through your arms and keep the crown of your head stacked over your pelvis.
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On the inhale, straighten your legs and bring your arms overhead. On the exhale, bend your right knee and brings arms to shoulder height. Repeat 15-20 times.
From downward-facing-dog pose, lift your left leg up high behind you, then round your spine as you draw knee to chest. Keep your pelvis low and round your upper spine toward the sky. Hug your left thigh to your chest and knee to your nose. Keep pressing the floor with your hands. Repeat on other side. Repeat 15–20 times on each side.
From downward dog, lower your hips until your torso is parallel with the floor, shoulders over wrists. Keep your legs and core engaged. Press your hands and feet into the mat and press through the heels to activate your legs. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times.
Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you. Lift through the top of the sternum and lean back slightly, making sure your back doesn’t round. Exhale and bend your knees and lift your feet up to about knee height. Keeping your heart open and your spine long, extend both arms forward, parallel to the floor. For a challenge, straighten your legs and point your toes. Stay in this pose for 30 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times.
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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