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He/she looks like my 10-month-old son trying to get out of his crib <3
Lying Glute Bridge
The bridge is an effective activation & strengthening exercise, that also works the rest of your core, including your abs, hamstrings and adductors. Runners - this exercise is a must have for your core workouts!
- Lie flat on your back with your knees bent, feet flat on the floor.
- Think of pressing both feet into the floor as you squeeze your glutes, raising your hips until your body is in a straight line from shoulders to knees. Gently exhale whilst you lift your hips off the ground.
- Inhale & slowly lower yourself back to your starting position.
Avoid pushing your hips too high. This can cause hyperextension (arching) in your low back. How? contract your abdominal muscles prior to lifting, and keep them engaged throughout the lift!
#blossomingyogis Day 12
Teddy Bear Headstand
For today I’ve done a few variations on a tripod headstand.
- The top left corner is for beginners: just prepare for a tripod headstand by balancing your knees on your elbows. Tighten your core and try to lift your knees up on an inhale — breathing is really important here! Your core is doing a lot of the work, but your shoulders need to be strong as well. I realize saying this is just kind of saying “your whole body works for this,” but it’s true: you also need to push through your legs to keep them activated. Flex or point your feet so you don’t let them hang. Personally, this also helps me remember to keep my core activated.
- The other two are some arm variations I wanted to try with the knees lifted off the elbows. I like to play! :) You should do the same, but be careful. If your neck hurts at all, stop!
- Some modifications: put a pillow underneath your head if you’re not used to the sensation, or fold your mat a few times. You should not feel pressure in your neck here. Make sure you are on the crown of your head, and that you are distributing weight in your whole hand and your fingers (not just the palm).
yogawithnikita has already posted a good guide on how to get up in a tripod headstand, so check her out if you haven’t already!
Do not try to stay in a tripod headstand for too long. It is not for meditation like a supported headstand. Be sure to take breaks in between attempts, and don’t push yourself beyond where you are in your own practice right now. :)