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Essential Yoga Poses to stay Open and Strong for Wellness

 

So, you’re interested in learning some essential  yoga poses, but aren’t sure where to start. These relatively easy yoga poses are among the most commonly utilized. Learn them and you’re on your way to wellness using yoga.

Downward Facing Dog

essential yoga poses down dogOne of the first poses you should master seems only easy until you’ve done it. There are a few ways you can get into this pose. You can either bend over forward and bring your arms to the ground or push up from the ground. Basically, the pose will create an upside “V” with your body.

Avoid pushing forward too far: many people try to get into a true 45-degree angle and create a pose too much like a plank. 30-35 degrees should be more than enough for this pose.

Warrior II and variations of Warrior

Perhaps the most instantly identifiable yoga pose, “Warrior II” will challenge your hips, your legs, and your arms. Start by facing forward with your legs about shoulder width apart. Now, turn your head to the right, lift your arms until they are parallel with the ground, and bend to the right.

warrior yoga pose an essential yoga poseBend your right knee until it’s very nearly at a 45-degree angle. Hold here and stare out towards your right finger tips. Squeeze your abs to support your back, waist, and hips.

Triangle Pose

The “Triangle Pose” is a little trickier, but not impossible for beginners. Start by standing with your feet about shoulder width apart and your hands parallel to the ground.

Now, bend your right arm towards the ground, touching the ground with your palm. Twist your waist back to accommodate. If you can’t quite touch the ground, rest your hand on a yoga brick. Extend your left arm to the sky at a 90-degree angle and hold.

Child’s Pose

child's pose and essential yoga poses using a catspaw cushionThe “Child’s Pose” is an important pose for beginners because it’s the default “break” pose. Start by getting on your knees and bending your arms forward towards the ground. Don’t strain yourself by pushing too far: just feel a gentle stretch as you pull your arms forward and your face to the ground.

Breathe slowly while you’re here and relax your mind. While in this pose, your muscles will release any severe tension and pain. Once you’re done resting, perform your next move.

Yoga is a rewarding and relaxing exercise that can bring a lot of joy and inspiration into your life. Contact us if you’re interested in learning more.

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Practice pausing it will make you more centered and grounded

 

 

practice pausing using a catspaw cushion for supportive bridgePractice pausing.

Sometimes you just have to stop. You may be  in traffic or you are in a line or you are just stuck. You are forced to pause. But how do you learn how to pause with out being forced into it?

First, you have to believe there is value in taking a moment. Knowing it  is important and that there is power in pausing.

You will not always be able to come to a supportive bridge pose with a catspaw cushion but stopping and following your breath is always available. Following your breath is the quickest way for you or your team to come to focus, get centered and grounded.

Now you are practicing the power of the pause.

 

 

Fall Sale at Catspaw Studio

Celebrating Self-Care and Our Fall Sale

We are Celebrating Self-Care with A Fall Sale!

Join us at Catspaw Studio on Friday, October 19th from 5:00 to 7.30 pm.

You can get a head start on the gift giving season and create the space that you want. Learn how it can benefit you in your every day! Join Lis Griffin (Catspaw owner) and Diane Wright (Sun Journey)  for an evening that encourages self-care.

We will have light refreshments and door prizes!

Call or text us at: 303.431.9870 for more details.
You can also email us at: support@catspawcushions.com.

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Come practice Yoga with  us!

We have created a  peaceful space for you to practice yoga with us. You’ll feel stronger and more flexible. You will have more energy to help you navigate your busy life. We offer ongoing regular classes. We offer private sessions. We offer semi-private lessons with two people. We offer yoga parties and yoga at the office.  If you want to find out more visit this page on our web site.

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Learning to pause is an important skill to practice

using a catspaw cushion for meditation for support while sitting in hero's poseAs Labor Day approaches it’s a great opportunity  for us to remember what’s important.  Showing up, doing your best and the willingness to learn, are a few things that come to mind.

But, sometimes the hard work is seating with difficult emotions.  Learning to pause is an important skill to practice.

Working hard can mean being still  – what does it take for you to be still?

 

 

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How do you practice pausing?

A simple answer is to sit, take a breath in and on the exhale put down your phone, tablet or lap top.

Take another breath in and exhale.

Repeat. You are now pausing.

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