Valentine's Day Yoga

This is a [Other] pattern from www.turnstep.com. (pattern 16326)

Many of the poses involve opening the chest and therefore the heart. Inverted poses take pressure off the heart. Some poses are just to counter the love/happiness/joyful poses, some are just fun.

Heat building:
Heart Breathing - Standing, hands over heart, imagine breath is pure love pouring in & flowing out.
Lover's Warm up - Standing, similar to sunflower moving pose but hands/arms draw the shape of a heart as you squat & return.

Standing poses:
Triangle to
1/2 moon to
Triangle with top arm bent at elbow, hand behind back, open chest & press elbow back.

Cupid - Archer balance pose: Stand with right foot in front of left, right arm extended in front, gaze follows hand as it sweeps behind you.

Sun salute - add twists during low lunges, add alternate leg lift with torso twist in down dog pose.

On the stability ball:
Triangle with top arm just like in standing triangle.
Wheel - spine on ball, feet on floor, reach overhead to floor so that your body is making an exaggerated bridge.
Seated chest expansion - arms behind back, press chest forward.

On the floor:
Camel to
Cat to
Cobra to
Child's pose to
Headstand preparation (feet never leave ground)
roll over onto back
Bridge to
Hug knees to chest to
Draw a heart with extended legs to
Hug knees to chest

Seated:
Shoulder stretches (hold towel with close grip behind head; hold towel with wide grip & one arm overhead & one below; one arm behind back/palms together at waist side/press elbows toward each other).

Relaxation:
Dead man's pose with hands over heart, same imagery as heart breathing from beginning.

Enjoy!

Feel free to email me with questions.



Added by ??? at 3:32 PM on Monday, February 12, 2007 EST. Add to favorites (view favorites)
From: Palos Park, Illinois (USA)
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