Proper circulation throughout the body is essential to move through a healthy day-to-day life. In addition to your diet, there are numerous exercises and positions that can help improve blood and oxygen flow. Specifically, in yoga, most of the poses are designed to optimize circulation from your head to your toes. We're sharing 5 poses that you should practice everyday to help:
- Camel Pose (Ustrasana): Roll your ankles in, lift through your chest and upper back on an inhale. On an exhale, reach back to grasp your heels (or hands on lower back) for 5-8 breaths. Keep your hips over your knees!
- Headstand (Sirsasana): Place the crown of your head on the mat in between your palms, make sure your elbows are shoulder-distant apart. Walk your toes in and lift one, maybe two, legs at a time. Using your core, lift your hips over shoulders and feet over hips. You can do this at a wall too* Stay for 10-25 breaths, and relax in child's pose after.
- Shoulder Stand (Salamba Sarvangasana): It's optional to keep a towel under your shoulders, but good to help create space. On an exhale, lift your legs and walk the shoulder blades underneath your back to create space in the cervical spine. After 10-15 breaths, come down slowly.
- Wheel (Urdhva Danurasana): Draw your inner thighs down and place your hands next to your ears with your fingers facing the heels. Inhale to the top of your head, make sure your elbows are in line with the shoulders, and exhale to straighten your arms. Distribute the weight between the feet and hands evenly! Stay for 5-10 breaths, draw the knees into the chest once finished.
- Chair (Utkatasana): Draw your calves back so that you can see your toes if you look down. Tuck the low belly in as you inhale the arms over head and exhale down into a chair - distribute the weight evenly (you should be able to lift the toes). Stay for 5-8 breaths.
*Made with Sam Negrin, resident LEAF-girl and founder of All Good Health.
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