Hi friends! Today you get the pleasure of having a guest post. I’m not sure if I’m getting off easy this week, or you guys are (you’ll be seeing a lot more from others this week than from me). But anyway, today is SPA Blog Swap day! That means, you guys get to read an entry from Laura on my blog and then head on over to hers to read something I wrote.
Honestly, at this point, I’m not 100% sure what I wrote for Laura, but I’m sure it’s awesome, so head on over.
You’re usually one or the other. You’re a rockstar runner or a yodeling yogi….(you think of a better Y word. I dare ya!)
One will always hold a bigger place in your fitness heart, but they compliment each other too well to keep them apart.
I fall into the yogi column. I had a brief and tumultuous romance with running but my love is always expressed on my mat.
For those who set the beat of their feet on the path to the pitter-patter of their heart beat, I’ve got a few ways to compliment your run with some of my yoga favourites.
Malasana or Garland Pose
Works on: Hello, groin! This is the way to stretch it all out!
How to: Squat with your feet as close together as possible while you keep your heels on the ground. Press your elbows into your inner knees and bring your hands into a prayer in front of your chest.
Padangusthasana or Big Toe Pose
Works on: Hamstrings, hamstrings, hamstrings, and upper back.
How to: Standing with your feet hip-width apart, bend forward keeping your legs straight. Take you peace sign fingers and wrap them around your big toes. On an inhale lengthen the front of your torso like you were going to stand up and straighten your elbows. Fold forward on your exhale.
Works on: Groin, thighs, and calves…and you can bet you’ll get some ab work.
How to: From Big Toe Pose plant your hands on the floor and step back with your right foot. Stay on the ball of your right foot and your left leg should form a 90-degree angle. Look forward and keep your hips square to the front. Repeat with the left leg back.
Baddha Konasana or Bound Angle Pose
Works on: Happy, happy hips.
How to: Sit on the ground with your legs stretched out. Bring the soles of your feet together with your knees open to the sides. Do not force your legs down to the ground, instead for more difficulty, bring your heels closer to your pelvis.
Savasana or Corpse Pose
Works on: Your mind.
How to: Lay on your back with your arms and legs stretched out and palms facing the ceiling. Close your eyes and breath. Allow yourself to surrender to nothing and just relax and unwind and soak up everything.
Happy Stretching! xo
(Photo credit to Yoga Journal)
Laura is the giggles and fun behind scribbles&sass. She is a freelance writer and editor with an addiction to twitter and a sassy attitude. When she’s not writing, you can find her at the closest yoga studio, or at Starbucks. Laura’s never met a vintage store she didn’t like, and can’t pass up anything with a bow on it. She also can’t think of a better way to spend a sunny Saturday than barefoot, twirling in the grass.