One of the many aspects of Yoga I truly love is that you can grab your mat, pop it into your kit bag and practice just about anywhere. Here are two easy poses to practice.

A lot of people tell me they would like to practice Yoga at home – perhaps in the morning or before bed – just to keep themselves supple enough so they don’t seize up. So they can gain control of their breathing, to remain calm, less reactive and therefore more focused. It’s very important to find that time to tune into your needs and allow this to happen without guilt! So stop, take a deep breath in, a deep breath out and come to sitting cross legged or on a chair. 

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Sukhasana | Easy Pose 

This asana is a gentle way to ground yourself, bringing yourself out of your mind and thoughts and into your body. 

Close your eyes, feel your sitting bones connect with the ground, sit nice and tall, bring one hand onto your heart and one hand onto your stomach, just notice the rise and fall of your stomach and your hearts rhythm. Take deep inhalations through your nose, hold your breath for a few seconds and then exhale through your mouth, just let go. Continue to do this for about 30 seconds and then begin to breath in and out of your nose. If you have a cold, don’t worry, just breathe normally, the important thing is to create equal inhalations and exhalations to create balance. 

Stay in Sukhasana for five minutes and then come to extended child’s pose (Utthita Balasana). 

Utthita Balasana | Child’s Pose

Utthita Balasana is a deeply restorative pose known as a resting pose in Yoga. If you feel overwhelmed this is a lovely pose to move into. Not only is it calming, it stretches and expands your back, spine and neck and opens the hips, thighs and legs.

Come onto your knees and move onto all fours. You can keep your knees together to gain flexion in your spine or you can take your knees out wide, big toes touching to open your hips. Extend your arms out in front of your or bring them to your sides and dip your chest and forehead down. You can pop a pillow or cushion under your forehead for comfort or if you are not so flexible at the moment. 

Close your eyes and breathe. Again, focus on long inhalations and equal exhalations and stay for as long as you feel comfortable, perhaps three to five minutes.

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