Movement of the Month: Open your Heart with Garundasana “Eagle Pose”

The day can take a toll on our posture. Gravity and fatigue are strong forces to battle. If you notice that you are sitting with your head forward, shoulders rounded, and your back aches,  it’s time to start give your heart some room to breathe. When we lead with our head and not with the heart, we tend to disconnect our mind, body and spirit. This is a pose to help you unravel your heart once again.

 

Fit2bWell tip: If balance poses causes a pang of anxiety, practice this posture seated

  1. Stand in Tadasana, “Mountain Pose,” with your feet hips width apart, soft knees and tall spine. Feel the crown of your head lift from the roots of your feet.  Find a focus in front of you that will connect gaze to center your pose if you feel unsteady. Bend your knees softly and slightly, lift your left foot up and, while balancing on your right foot, cross your left thigh over the right. Point your left toes toward the floor. Balance on the right foot.Fitb2bwell tip: Challenge the muscular energy of your foundation by hugging the muscles to the bone, pressing the foot back, and then hook the top of the foot behind the lower right calf.
  2. Stretch your arms straight forward, parallel to the floor. Spread your scapulas wide across the back of your torso as you find expansion of your collarbones. Keep your side body long, core connected. Cross the arms in front of your torso so that the right arm is above the left.  Bend your elbows. Kiss the right elbow into the hook of the left. Lift the forearms perpendicular to the floor.  The backs of your hands should be facing each other.
  3. Press the right hand to the right and the left hand to the left, so that the palms are now facing each other. The thumb of the right hand should pass in front of the little finger of the left. Now press the palms together (as much as is possible for you), lift your elbows up, and stretch the fingers toward the ceiling. If you cannot press palms, focus on the elbow connection and lift from your heart.
  4. Stay for 15 to 30 seconds, then unwind the legs and arms and stand in Tadasana again. Repeat for the same length of time with the arms and legs reversed.

 

Fitb2bwell tip: Expand your torso as you find strength in your legs to engage your organic expansion and lighten your breath behind the pose. Play around what the depth and angle of your hip flexion. Have fun

 

chocolate covered strawberries

Fit2bwell Tip: Quality dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Antioxidants. When consumed in moderation, it can have heart healthy benefits. Try this recipes by coating the berries with heart attack prevention chopped nuts like almonds for more texture – Delish!

• 18-20 large fresh, strawberries (preferably organic)
• 8-10 ounces (225 – 285 grams) of good quality, dark or bittersweet chocolate, rated 70%, chopped coarse

Yield: Approximately 18-20 berries or 6-10 servings Ingredients

1. Wash strawberries, place on paper towel to dry
2. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
3. Set up a double boiler by placing a sauce pan filled with water over medium heat and then a stainless steel bowl on top of the pan. Make sure bowl does not touch the water
4. Place chopped chocolate in bowl, turn heat to low
5. Let chocolate melt slowly, once completely melted, stir and turn off heat
6. Hold strawberry at stem, dip them in chocolate, and place on baking sheet to set
7. Enjoy!

Next Event! Acroyoga Workshop on March 23rd at InspirePenfield.com

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Sweet and Special Sunday Workshop at Inspire! THAI & FLY: Intro to Acroyoga and Partner Therapeutics

“Ever interested in taking your yoga to new heights? Want to learn what it’s like to go upside down? Wonder what the healing power of partner work can be? Join Dr. Joanne Wu, an Acroyoga JAMbassador and one of our local Lululemon Ambassadors to learn how to safely play with Acroyoga in a therapeutics focused class. Learn Thai- inspired Massage techniques to wind down from your flights.

Stay for chocolate sampling by local chocolatier HEDONIST chocolates and share some tea afterwards to cap a sweet treat. Recruit your family, bring friends, or come alone to meet new ones! Experience a great Sunday community JAM!”

This workshop is $30.00 per person. Students with proper ID this workshop is $15.00. Sign up is a must. For additional information email Joan S. Nichols at inspire yoga@frontier.com.

Inspire Penfield – 585.249.YOGA (9642) – 1802 Penfield Road