Morning Yoga Moves
Published : Monday, 05 Sep 2011, 11:21 AM CDT | Read more on myFOXdfw.com
Yoga Instructor Kurt Johnsen of American Power Yoga has some great poses and stretches to work out the kinks after you get out of bed! Learn more about www.dfwfreedayofyoga.com.
1) Tibetan Spine Flexibility Set - this five-pose set works various parts of the upper body. The pose that Kurt would like to use is what is commonly known as the Table pose, but in Kurt’s APY60 system, it’s part of the Tibetan Spine Flexibility Set. Sit on the floor with your lefts straight out in front of you and tuck your feet about 12 inches apart. Place your palms on the floor next to your body and tuck your chin against your chest. Then drop your head backward as far as it will go. At the same time, raise your body so that the knees bend while the arms remain straight and tense your muscles. Let muscles relax as you return to original sitting position.
2) Single Leg Chair Pose – This pose works the legs and gluteus. Start standing straight up with your arms at your sides. Bend your knees so that your thighs are as parallel to the floor as possible. When balance has been achieved, raise one leg up (in a seated angle) and then cross the ankle onto the other leg. Bend knee downward and extend arms. Repeat with other leg.
3) Chi Gung – also called the Ab Vacuum, Chi Gung works the core of your body. It is a breathing exercise with fluid bodily movements to improve balance, strength and flexibility.
4) Tan Tien Breathing – Kurt will also explain this breathing technique that he uses for his yoga classes.
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