Hello My Beautiful People! Today’s pose, Figure 4, teaches us to pace ourselves. You have to make small goals and build up. That applies even more when it comes to yoga because you can be harder on yourself than anyone. It’s time to give yourself a critical break and look at the other side. Figure 4 is a builder pose, so do not get frustrated and give up easily. It will test your balance, and strength in ways you thought you had under control.

Step By Step Figure 4 Pose:

  1. Starting in chair pose, shift your weight into your right foot as you lift your left knee off the ground.
  2. Cross your left ankle over your right thigh, slightly above your knee but avoid placing it directly on your knee cap.
  3. Bring your hands to your chest over your heart into prayer pose. Be mindful here, keep your back straight and your core engaged as you hinge your hips slightly. Stay here for 3-6 breathes and work your way up to holding for 1 minute.
  4. To release this pose, place your left foot on the mat, stand up and release your arms down by your sides.

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 that engage all of your core muscles, and then some that you didn’t know you weren’t working already.

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