Friday, September 14, 2012

Creating More Vitality with Easy Twist

There’s one easy pose renowned for it's balancing and toning powers and I personally love it's ability to cleanse the body from head to toe...yes, it's twists!

The idea goes that twists cleanse the internal organs much in the same way as when you wring out a wet towel... the squeezing action massages organs, stimulating and refreshing healthy functioning as you release toxins.  Twists also create more movement of internal fluids, plumping the discs in your spine and allowing a fresh supply of
oxygenated blood to flow in.

If you’re like me, you want to take the easy route to feeling refreshed, calmer and rejuvenated..Luckily easy twisting movement squeeze and stretch the torso muscles, nerves, glands and organs from the pelvis all the way up through the neck.

Try adding a gentle seated twist from a chair to feel calmer and more energized throughout the day! As you twist, notice the energy and vitality you open to...

**See bottom of page for caution.


Sit facing the right side of your chair.  


Clasp your hands around the back of the chair.

Without moving your hips, gently start to turn your belly towards the back of the chair.

Inhale lengthen, exhale turn from the navel, ribs, then chest.

With each inhale sit taller, exhale gently twist.

Chin stays level, with an option to look over the right shoulder slightly.

Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.

Breathe deep and feel the power of wringing stress out of your body, mentally and physically. As you release the twist, take a moment and enjoy the ahhhh” feeling in your body and mind.


For more information about live classes, workshops and "Happy Yoga with Sarah Starr" visit www.happyyoga.tv

**Note: If you have any physical impairments or limitations, please be sure to check with your physician before using this or any of Sarah's programs. Pregnant women should not practice twists or any other abdominal tightening poses. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Break Out Of The Slump!


Do you spend most of your day hunched over a computer? Let's break out of the slump and create more energy and vitality in your body with backbends! I know, backbends can sound a bit daunting, but the good news is...resistance is a natural part of releasing old habits and stepping into the unfamiliar, so be easy on yourself.  

Here’s a suggestion for incorporating backbends into your daily life.
Start by keeping it short and sweet.


Try doing small backbends throughout the day at work... 
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1. Sitting towards the edge of your chair, clasp your hands around each side of the chair behind you.


2. Straighten your arms and draw the shoulders down away from your ears.

3. Pull the shoulder blades together and lift your heart.

4. Chin stays level or option to look up slightly.
Breathe and enjoy. Backbends can help you to feel more energized and uplifted... It can be that easy!

For more information on Happy Yoga classes, videos or workshops, visit:www.happyyoga.tv




**Note: If you have any physical impairments or limitations, please be sure to check with your physician before using this or any of Sarah's programs. Pregnant women should not practice twists or any other abdominal tightening poses.