Why is this post yogalicious? Because it’s about two of my favorite things: Yoga & Adam Levine. Well it’s actually just about yoga but I’ll take any excuse to use Adam ’round these parts. The Voice is now back on & I’m loving it, loving Adam & most importantly loving yoga.
As you guys know I’m a yoga enthusiast, I say enthusiast because I’m far from being a hard core yogi. Yoga is a practice that takes time to perfect & right now I’m enjoying building on poses, listening to my body, learning how to move. I leave yoga feeling renewed, recharged, limber & ready to take on the day — it’s such a gift!
This past weekend I finally did a shoulder stand right & I felt it — it’s amazing how a pose feels when you’ve got it right. I asked my yogi friend to give me pointers on how to practice the pose at home without getting injured & was lucky enough to get step by step instructions to share. Warning: Please do be careful when you try any poses at home! Here’s how to perfect a shoulder stand:
- Lie down with your back on your yoga mat
- Lift your arms flat above your head & on the floor & lift your legs straight up on the air. You should look like an L
- Lift your hips off the floor & bring your legs up over your head, toes touching the floor
- Lift your back to move your legs further beyond your head
- Straighten your back, you should look somewhat like a triangle. Bring your hands back & place them on our upper back
- Use your hands as support as you begin to life your legs straight up until your body is aligned
- You are now on a shoulder stand. Try to hold it for at least a minute then slowly come out of it
Inversions (like a shoulder stand) are great for blood flow & circulation, however, they are not recommended for women who are pregnant, in the highest point of their cycle or people with back or neck problems. That said, shoulder stand is a pretty cool pose. My goal is to eventually be able to hold a headstand like Adam here.
Yogalicious right? Told you so! Namaste.
Disclosure: I am not a certified yoga instructor or personal trainer, fitness tips are written solely based on my personal experience.