Day 5: Bridge pose
We're getting down to crunch time now! Christmas Eve is just one week away! Are you ready? I'm sure we can all use a little break whether we are done baking, shopping and wrapping or not. I still have Christmas cards, a tiny bit of shopping and a whole lot of wrapping left. It's going to be a busy weekend!
Today's pose it bridge pose. It's a little more advanced than the last 4 days, but totally still beginner friendly. Remember, always listen to your body and don't force any pose you aren't ready for! Each pose should feel good, you shouldn't feel pain-just a nice stretch!
Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Extend your arms along your body, palms flat on the floor.
Press your feet and arms firmly into the floor. Exhale as you lift your hips toward the ceiling, lifting your bottom off the floor. Do not squeeze your glutes!
Roll your shoulders back and down under your body. Clasp your hands and extend your arms along the floor under your body. Straighten your arms as much as possible, pressing your forearms into the mat. Keep your thighs and feet parallel — do not roll to the outer edges of your feet or let your knees drop together. Press your weight evenly across all four corners of both feet. Hold for up to one minute. To release, unclasp your hands and gently lower yourself to the floor little by little.
Stretches the chest, neck, spine, and hips, strengthens the back, glutes, and hamstrings, improves circulation, helps alleviate stress and mild depression, improves digestion, reduces backache and headache, reduces fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia.
Hi! I'm Erica, a fitness and healthy food loving wife and mother of three here to inspire you on your wellness journey!