Springtime Yoga Sequence

Ah, Spring. Wouldn't it be lovely-- if it were actually here. See, in Ithaca we like to let our spring come in waves: nice one day and snowing 3 feet the next. My birthday is often the first day of spring (although not this year) and so I can say with a child's certainty of ruined birthday parties that it is usually snowing or cold in New York on the first day of spring. It has gotten to the point where I actually associate spring with getting sick. Because the weather cannot make up its mind, it ends up wrecking its own sweet havoc on our bodies (warm-cold-warm-cold-achoo!). So, instead of some bubbling flower related sequence, I'll give the folks here in the Northeast what they really need: an immune boosting Springtime Yoga Sequence.

While we wait for spring, here's a picture I took of the first flowers I saw this year. Yes, they are now covered by snow. No, that doesn't mean they won't come back!
  1. Garbasana (Child's pose). Hold for one minute
  2. Gentle Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
  3. Move between Bhujanasana to Garbasana
  4. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold). Hold for 2-3 minutes
  5. Take hands to lower back for gentle back bend/chest opener
  6. Upavistha Konasana (Seated Wide Angle)
  7. Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)
  8. Purvatanasana (Front Stretch Pose). Take the variation where the feet are planted into the floor for a reverse table.
  9. Supta Pavana Muktasana (Reclined Wind Relieving Pose)
  10. Repeat other side
  11. Take both knees into chest and gentle rock side to side
  12. Taking hands behind hand, 20 abdominal crunches exhaling as you gently lift using core strength
  13. Supta Madhyasana (Reclined Twist Pose)
  14. Repeat other side
  15. Viparita Karani (Legs up the Wall Pose)
  16. End with 20 minutes of seated meditation

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