I know I’ve mentioned before in other blogs how you should do yoga, but I know not a lot of people know about or do yoga. I just recently started actively doing yoga and let me tell you I feel so much better because of it. My body actually doesn’t like me if I don’t do it! So I’m going to do a bit of a spotlight on MU’s Yoga Club because fellow blogger @jerseystrongrach and my roommate (the VP of yoga club) look forward to going to yoga every week. Yoga club takes place at 8:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the 3rd floor room of the library bring $3 to help cover the cost. Also try to bring a yoga mat (or towel) and some water. There’s a different instructor every week so you get to do different poses and different types of yoga (yes there’s different types!). Sounds good right? So if you’re already an active yogaer (yes I just created my own word) or you are just a beginner go ahead and check out MU’s Yoga Club. Here’s their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MisericordiaYoga. If you are a beginner and want to practice a little bit before heading to the class here is some simple moves to help you out. Try to do some basic stretching before hand to help you loosen up. As always be careful doing this and don’t strain yourself, you only want to feel a nice stretch, not tear anything!
Sit in a relaxed position and do a few deep breaths in and out.
With your feet together, relax your shoulders and evenly distribute your weight. Then while taking a deep breath raise your hands over your head with your palms facing together and reach upward with your fingertips.
Start on all fours then while continually breathing start taking small steps back, keeping your feet shoulder width apart until you feel a nice stretch in your legs.
With your feet 3-4 feet apart turn your right foot out 90 degrees and turn your left foot in slightly. Then extend your arms out to your sides with your palms facing down. Bend your right knee to a 90 degree angle and hold the pose for one minute. Switch sides.
Sit on the floor with your legs out. Cross your right foot over your left thigh and keep your knee pointed up. Place your left elbow on the outside of your right knee while only twisting your upper body. Keep your left hand on the ground to help you balance. Only twist so far as to feel a nice stretch, don’t strain.
Sit up on your heels and slowly roll your torso forward, so your forehead is resting on the mat in front of you. Lower your chest to your knees as much as you can to a comfortable point, with your arms extended out in front of you. Keep breathing deep breaths.
Starting on all fours bring your right leg up to be even with your right hand, while extending your left leg backwards as far as you can. Be sure that your right knee does not extend beyond your ankle (keep them even). Hold this pose for 5 breaths and switch.
While on all fours extend just your spine upwards towards the ceiling as much as you can without straining, while relaxing your neck.
In regular plank position lift up the left half of your body so you are balancing on the right hand and foot. Extend your left hand up to the ceiling. Your shoulders, hips, and ankles should be in a straight line and your left and right hips and ankles should be “stacked” on top of each other. Hold this pose for one minute then switch sides.
Laying on your back bring your knees up to rest above your chest. Hold the outside of your feet with your hands, while keeping knees bent, as shown. Hold this pose for one minute.
Laying on your back with your legs outstretched bring your knees up with your feet right at your butt. Relax your knees to the sides while having the bottoms of your feet come together. The weight of gravity will help stretch open your hips.
Have fun while doing yoga but don’t strain too much! If these aren’t making sense and you need a visual there are plenty of YouTube videos to show you properly! Don’t forget to attend yoga club on Tuesday and Thursdays so you can feel relaxed and meet some new people!