We’re officially living in 2019! How wonderful it is to celebrate the New Year. This is the perfect time to set new intentions and goals to carry you through the year ahead, particularly when it comes to your health. If you’re considering taking your yoga practice one step further (or if you’re taking your very first step!), here’s your sign!
We’ve compiled five yoga poses to bring you into the New Year on the right foot. We’d love to hear all about your New Year’s goals! Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn to share your intentions with our community!
1. Easy Pose
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This pose may sound “easy,” but for many yogis, it’s anything but! Easy Pose is a great way to start your New Year in a calm state with a clear mind. Let all your stresses from last year go! To do this pose, sit on the floor (you can use a folded blanket or a yoga block under your sitting bones to adjust your height to your preference) and cross your shins. Let your legs stretch out slightly from your body, more so than your typical seated pose. Lengthen your spine and sit with your hands in a neutral position, such as face up on your knees. Alternate the cross of your legs if you decide to practice this pose for an extended period of time.
2. Warrior II Pose
Warrior II is an incredibly grounding pose that anchors you to the best parts of your past while still encouraging you to move forward. It helps with strength and concentration. Begin with your feet hips-width apart and your arms at your sides. Turn left, step your feet wide apart (make sure your heels are in line with each other), and turn your right foot outward about 90 degrees so your foot points toward the front of your mat. Anchor yourself in your feet and bend your right knee for support, letting your left leg extend long and strong. Reach your arms out, palms down, gaze straight, and keep your torso open. Inhale. Exhale.
3. Extended Triangle Pose
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Open your heart to the sky and give thanks to a new year! As you practice Extended Triangle Pose, you will be able to stretch deeper and deeper. This is an excellent pose for watching your progress and patting yourself on the back when you go one step further! To start, begin in a standing position and step or jump your feet out about 4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach out, palms down. Turn your left foot in slightly to the right, about 75 degrees, and your right foot about 90 degrees. Align your heels. Bend from your hips to extend your torso over your right leg. Rest your right hand wherever is comfortable for you and stretch your left arm toward the ceiling to form a triangle. Press down on the soles of your feet to anchor further.
4. Chair Pose
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Do you work in an office, or somewhere else where you sit for extended periods of time? If so, Chair Pose is the perfect New Year’s pose for you! This pose works your legs and glutes but also stimulates your heart chakra, bringing you into the new year with love and kindness. Start in a standing position and raise your arms to the sky. Exhale and bend your knees, leaning your torso forward to ground you. Tuck your tailbone toward the ground and push deeper, using your feet to ground you. Feel your power and take it with you into the year ahead!
5. Tree Pose
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Tree Pose is a fun way to test your strengths, and an even better way to respond positively toward your body, no matter if you stumble. Find your center, be kind to yourself, and practice healthy self-talk during this pose! Begin in a standing position and shift your weight to your left foot, keeping your inner foot firmly on the ground for balance. Slightly bend your right knee. Reach down, grab your right ankle with your right hand, and place your right foot against your inner left thigh. If you can’t quite reach, try placing your right foot on your left shin, but not on your left knee. Bring your hands palms together to your heart center and find your balance. This pose is often easier if you pick a fixed spot in front of you and gaze at it. If you wobble, smile and try again! Take this attitude with you into 2019!
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