Posture of the Month: Spine Time – June 2017

Happy June!

This month we have another awesome posture for you to work on.

 The Spine Twisting Pose
ARDHA-MATSYENDRASANA

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What is it??

  • 150-degree rotation of the spine,
  • all vertebra rotating 1-5 degrees from top to bottom.

The spine twisting pose has some great benefits for your body:

  • Increases circulation and nutrition to spinal nerves, veins, and tissues
  • Improves spinal elasticity and flexibility
  • Helps cure lumbago and rheumatism of the spine
  • Improves digestion
  • Firms abdomen, thighs, and buttocks
  • Strengthens back and abdominal muscles
  • Increases flexibility of the hip and shoulder joints
  • Prevents and heals herniated disc
  • Detoxifying
  • Helps arthritis of the knee and sciatica
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Pregnancy Blog 2: Six Weeks Postpartum

The Standing Bow Challenge is back on! 

I figure, to make it more of a challenge this time I have to start it when I’m still building stamina again. It would be too easy to wait until I’m back to feeling good in it. The work is to hold it when I feel like junk body. When you’re pregnant, there’s so much you have to take it easy doing or skip that I feel like my mental stamina needs some work, too. I fell last Thursday, so starting today, not again.

My standing head-to-knee has fallen to pieces. I can barely reach my foot. They say your recovery from subsequent pregnancies is harder each time. When I came back after having Bella, I had my head on my knee in the first class. This time, I can barely get my fingers to touch under my foot and with a hell of a lot of effort lock my knee when I kick out. Oh well. It is what it is. I know I could do it, so my body will remember in time.

I am comfortable this week laying on my belly for Savasana. Six weeks is usually when mommy’s fluids level out anyway and the excess swelling recedes and milk production in her breasts stabilizes. I can definitely feel the difference. My head can touch the ground, even if its not with my ear flat to the towel. Locust is still a lot of effort, but I can feel my legs are at least no longer only an inch off the floor.

I feel so lucky this time that I have a baby who can go 2-3 hours without nursing and will happily stay with Daddy or Grammy or whoever. The hardest part with Bella about practicing was that she nursed every hour or two for the first 5 months and she only wanted to be with her mama. Already at six weeks, I’m able to practice a good three times a week without question.