Strength, Grounding And Fashion
Yoga is actually like clothing – sometimes you want to put on something that makes you feel light and whimsical. Other times you just need to hunker down into a button down and a suit. One is not better than the other; they simply evoke different qualities, just like your various favorite outfits.
Similarly, yoga poses can be put together, or sequenced, in a way that engenders an vast array of emotions, physical attributes, or as I like to consider them at I.AM.YOU. and in my upcoming book, RETOX, solutions.
Think of the yoga poses as your individual wardrobe items. Compile them. And then consider the sequence your outfit, or look. I, for one, go back and forth between tomboy and glam, kicks and pumps, tuttuus and hoodies, as I say at I.AM.YOU.., but they are all me, and all help me be me.
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Here I have combined six very standard, basic poses for you into a killer outfit for your core being, both tangible and intangible. It will make you stronger while grounding you, no matter where the trend of the day takes you.
Chair: Bend your knees, take your arms up and look at your thumbs. Hold here 5-10 breaths making sure your feet are touching and knees are in line with each other.
Angled Chair: From a normal chair, lean half way forward, hovering your ribs and abdomen over your thighs. Pull your abdomen up towards your spine and breathe here 5-10 breaths.
Warrior 3: From angled chair, an inhale take your right leg behind you and straighten your left leg. Bring your arms alongside your body. Lift your abdomen towards your spine so you feel like your torso is floating above your femur bone rather than pressing down into it. Breathe here 5-10 breaths.
Angled Lunge: From Warrior 3 reach your right foot to the back of the mat, coming into a lunge position with your legs. Reach your arms alongside your ears, again hovering your abdomen over your spine. Make sure your back leg is straight and breath here 5-10 breaths.
Crescent Lunge: From angled lunge place your back knee to the floor and lift your arms up. Let your back quadriceps reach forward and down towards the floor. Make sure your front knee is directly over your ankle, not in front of it. Take your arms up and breathe 5-10 breaths.
Repeat the other side and get ready for a night on the town!
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About the Author :
Named one of the 100 Women in Wellness, Lauren Imparato resigned her job as a VP on the Wall Street Trading floors in 2009 to launch I.AM.YOU, a lifestyle company based on Yoga, Nourishment, Mindset and Music. In NYC and across the globe she is known for her athletic yoga classes and straight up, real approach to wellness, nourishment, yoga and life. Lauren pulls from various traditions to package wellness specifically for the chaotic modern lives we lead. She has been featured Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, NY Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, The Financial Times, Bloomberg News, CNN and countless others, and has led classes for thousands in Madrid, Panama, NYC, Ibiza, Cannes, Barcelona and more. She will be leading a class for thousands in Times Square, June 21, 2015 as well. Her blog has over 150,000 readers. She graduated from Princeton University and IIN, and is working on her first book, due out with Penguin in late 2015.
Website is www.IAMYOUstudio.com and social media handles are all @iamyoustudio /iamyoustudio