3 Easy Yoga Poses That Made a Difference

These 3 easy yoga poses made a difference – and yep – downward dog is one of them 🐶

tip-tuesday, yoga

Next week is the one-year mark of my back surgery.

It’s taken me the last nine-months to touch my toes again.

{yep, like being pregnant all over again}

I started yoga years ago to quiet my head, not like voices in my head, well, kinda like voices in my head. My mind is constantly thinking or worrying or going through a checklist of all the stuff. It’s always been hard for me to just sit and relax. A friend recommended trying yoga as a good way to stretch + focus.

After surgery the instructions were… “no bending, twisting, lifting for 6 weeks,” so all that flexibility I’d contorted my body for dissolved like that sugar syrup into your sweet tea.

When I was cleared for bending, twisting and lifting, yoga was the only exercise that tamed my tiny but mighty nerve.

So if you’re looking to improve your flexibility, escape the hectic day for 30 to 60 minutes, or just want to mix up your exercise routine…

Here are 3 easy yoga poses to start::

{this is where the disclaimer comes in – I AM NOT a certified yogi – I’m just putting out what works for me}

1. Downward Dog Pose

Downward Dog will be found in almost every yoga class and here is a short video tutorial.

2. Triangle Pose

This pose gives a nice stretch through the mid-section + helps lengthen {image from yogagardensf.com}

Trikonasana / Triangle Pose is explained in this short video.

3. Pigeon pose

The pigeon pose is comfortable now, and I NEVER thought I’d say that!

There are a lot of yoga classes to try. Google your area + yoga to find a class or try some of these at-home video’s.

Okay, one more time for good measure + in case you missed it…I’M NOT AN EXPERT! I’m just a gal trying to touch my toes again 😉

If you’re an athlete, here’s a 30-minute practice for ATHLETES/RUNNERS that I add-in once awhile.

STRESS-MELT practice

If you want to try yoga at home, give Yoga with Adriene a try on YouTube. She has some great beginner videos + explains why to try them.

Each week on Instagram I post a new #TipTuesday – come on over and have a peek!


💖Andrea |Shining Moments Photography + yoga practicer

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