Hello My Beautiful People! There’s nothing like a great squat. Today’s pose, Yogi Squat, is an deep, hip opening stretch that activates your glutes and awakens your legs, core and chest.  This is a common pose that will cease to amaze you throughout your practice. If you do not look like whatever photo, no worries, it get’s better with time and practice.

Yogi squats remind us to get comfortable in being present. When your activating your body with minimal focus on certain parts and/or areas, it allows your mind to open freely and become more mindful.

Step By Step Yogi Squat:

  1. Start with your feet slightly wider than hips,and your gaze ahead.
  2. Bending at your knees, keep your tailbone pointing down through your ankles and lower your hips towards the mat. (If your heels don’t stay on the mat, it’s okay. You can place a rolled towel, yoga block, pool noodle, or whatever helps you maintain your balance.)
  3.  Bring your hands to your chest into prayer pose, pressing your hands firmly together, from the bottom of your palms to finger tips (just as you would in Garland Pose).
  4. Shift your weight into your heels, engage your core, and lengthen through your spine to the top of your head. You should feel like there is a string being pulled from the bottom of your tailbone, straight up your spine and through the top of your head to the ceiling. Hold here for 4-8 breathes before releasing.
  5. Slowly release by straightening your legs out of the squat, into standing forward bend and then straightening your spine into a simple mountain pose.


A Matr3Moni Reminder:

“NO MATTER WHAT, it’s your body and your choice.”

Please be careful while practicing; If you have prior injuries be extremely mindful of every movement and how it affects your body. By now you know your body and the difference between your pain and your stretch, so again, be careful.

Along with being mindful while practicing, you also have to be mindful of what is going on in the inside of your body and mental/spiritual realms. You can work your body in such a positive way and still counter the positive vibes by not having healthy habits and/or awareness. Do not fight against yourself, find ways to incorporate wellness habits into your daily activities. Start trying new activities like yoga, running, going to the gym, cross fitness that engage all of your core muscles and then some that you didn’t know you weren’t working already.

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