Life is Active :: Bridal Fitness

Feeling a little frazzled with all the stress stemming from the planning and anticipation of your big day? Try re-centering with some yoga from IYogaLife. This ancient practice has some powerful calming effects and is also great for that bridal body. Almost every gym in the Valley offers classes, and reasonably affordable yoga studios are easy to find. Here are two poses to try for an instant boost of energy so you can attack that growing wedding day to-do list with vigor!

Mountain Pose with Three-Part Breath:
Begin in Mountain pose (Tadasana). Plant your feet hip's distance apart, tuck your tailbone down by pulling your belly in, and roll your shoulders down and away from your ears. Your palms should be facing forward with your fingers by your sides. Pick something at eye level that is not moving and rest your gaze there. This will help you stay steady and connected. Focus on your breath and begin to breathe in deeply through your nose all the way down, filling up your belly, lungs and upper chest. Exhale through your nose, releasing your chest, lungs and belly. Make your exhalation long, slow and steady. Try to make the length of your exhalation double the length of your inhalation. Repeat this breathing pattern 10 times.
Beginning in either Mountain or Tree pose, move like a pendulum from the hips, taking your right leg back and your shoulders forward until your body forms a “T” shape. Flex your right foot and extend out through the crown of your head. Lengthen your body and breathe. Keep your arms along your sides or at Namaste in front of your chest. For more of a challenge, extend your arms forward along your ears or by your sides like an airplance. Hold for 3 to 5 breaths. Allow your right foot to rejoin your left and return to standing. Repeat on your left side.
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