Move-It Monday~Yoga Pose: High Lunge
Difficulty level: Easy
- Strengthens the legs
- Opens the shoulders, chest and abdomen
- Great preparatory pose for Warrior 1
Begin in Down Dog . Inhale and lift your right leg off the floor, pressing it long up and behind you. Behind your next inhale, draw the right knee high into your abdomen, then exhale and place your right foot in between your hands on the mat.
Your foot should be between your hands, and your right knee should be stacked directly over your right ankle. If your foot doesn’t make it all the way to line up in this manner, simply grasp your right ankle with your right hand and place the foot in the correct alignment. This will protect your knee and allow you to move into the full pose.
Isometrically scissor the front and back legs towards each other–as though you were trying to scrunch your mat in between your feet–this will activate the muscles in your legs and provide greater stability.
Inhale, drawing your fingers just off the floor to gauge your balance. When ready, as you inhale (and in one breath), sweep your upper body vertical and press your arms towards the ceiling. Exhale, press your shoulder blades away from your ears and onto your back, then draw your pelvis towards the floor, bringing your right thigh parallel to the mat. Press out through your left heel and draw your left thigh towards the ceiling straightening your left leg.
Pull your rib points (the bottom of your rib cage) and the area behind your belly button towards your spine to prevent over arching your back. Hold this pose for up to 30 seconds.
Exhale your hands to frame your feet on the mat. Step your right foot back next to your left foot, then press your hips back and up to Down Dog. Take 3 full breaths in Down Dog, then repeat on the other side.
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