Hello My Beautiful People! Today’s pose, Cobbler, stretches the spine and opens your hips. Let Cobbler pose teach you to sit in yourself and become stronger through mindfulness. I know it can be hard to sit still sometimes, but this pose helps guide your body and also your mind.
Now that we are almost half way through this flexibility challenge its a great time to reassess yourself. Have you grown in your flexibility practice since starting? Have you practiced harder or longer than usual? Making any progress is a great thing, even the small ones, be proud of yourself. Love your practice and yourself.
Step By Step Cobbler’s Pose:
- Starting on the floor with your legs in front of you, bring the soles of your feet together and towards your pelvic bone. Hold your ankles here for 3-6 breathes.
- Hold your big toes with the “claw” of your hands aka yogi toe lock (thumb, pointer and middle finger), or you can hold your ankles and/or shins. Make sure not to push down on your knees.
- Exhale as you fold forward. Lengthen your spine and stretch as far as you can without any strain. Stay here for 10- 16 breathes or 1- 3 minutes.
- Inhale as you sit up slowly, releasing your yogi toe lock and straightening the legs.
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 should know your body, 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.