Despite all the rain we’ve been getting lately, Lori Whitby of Slave Lake Smiling Dog Yoga has suggested ‘sunbird pose’ as this week’s yoga stretch.
“From hands and knees, bring your awareness to your core by drawing your belly button towards the spine,” she says. “Extend your right leg straight behind you, with the toes on the mat. Extend your left hand to the top of the mat, keeping your fingers on the mat. Feel your core work to keep you balanced.”
Whitby adds, “When you are ready, lift the extended arm or leg up (or both) until they are parallel with the earth and hold for three-10 breaths before switching sides. Keep the core engaged to protect the back and avoid sinking through the middle. Feel one long line of energy from your left fingertips all the way to your right foot.”
After sunbird pose, you can move into child’s pose for a few breaths to gently stretch the lower back and release the hips.
Strengthens core, arms, chest, legs and glutes, stabilizes pelvis and stretches the spine, massages kidneys and abdominal organs.
Visit www.slavelakeyoga.com to learn more about its sessions and summer schedules.
Karine Jacob in sunbird pose’.