Reduce Your Stress with a Little Yoga
By Cara, age 13, California
Sweet Designs Featured Writer
Two weeks ago I was visiting with a friend who happens to have some back problems. She does yoga to help strengthen and relax her back muscles. Right next to her bed is a book filled with different yoga positions.
I've always been curious about yoga, so I asked her to show me a couple things. I'm actually really glad I did now, because I L-O-V-E it!! It's really relaxing, especially after a crazy school day. I decided to spread some of the L-O-V-E and give you readers my two favorite yoga positions! Enjoy : ]
Chest Opening ExerciseThis will help you maintain a rhythmic breathing pattern.
Step 1: Lie on your back with your palms facing down, your arms only a few inches away from your body, and your knees bent up.
Step 2: Take a big breath in, but don't rush it. While breathing in allow your arms to extend backwards until your arms reach the floor behind you.
Step 3: Breath out while you bring your arms back beside your body. Repeat as many times as you wish.
Cat PoseThis exercise will bring flexibility to the spine.
Step 1: Get on all fours, with your knees kept straight under your hips, your arms outstretched just a couple inches in front of you, and your head pointed upward.
Step 2: Breath in while bowing your back inward. Try not to slump your shoulders.
Step 3: Now breath out while rounding your back. Before you finish breathing out, move your chin downward so that it touches your breast bone. When you breath in again move it back up.
Aha! There you go! Stress reduced !!