Yoga with Sara: 5 Yoga Exercises You Can Do At Home!

27 December, 2016   |    No Comments    |   

Here are 5 exercises you can do at home, with just a yoga mat!

Yoga with Sara: 5 Yoga Exercises You Can Do At Home!

Decided to do a fun blog post with my friend Sara (she’s @saraweeyogic on Instagram), she’s a musician, a yoga instructor at The Yoga Mandala, and pretty much an all-year-round superwoman!

If you’re like me, and you 1) do not have time for Yoga 2) too embarrassed to attempt Yoga in a class of professionals, then maybe you can try out these exercises out! Clearly, I am not as strong nor proficient in Yoga as Sara, but hey, give me some props for trying.

Here are 5 exercises you can do at home, with just a yoga mat!

 

1. Plank Walk-out – 5 rounds

Walk out to a plank position, with your hands on the floor and above your shoulders. Hold the plank position for 30 seconds before walking back to a standing position.
This works your spine, abdominals, and core as well as strengthens your upper body.

2. Easy Sun Salutation – 5 rounds

Walk into a plank position and get into a downward dog before reverting back. From here, get into a push-up position. Slide your body into a cobra position. Push back onto your knees and slowly lift them to return to the downward dog. You’ll stretch your major muscles groups of your body. If you do this in the morning, it will do wonders for your mood and energy level before starting the day.

3. Knee-to-Nose Tuck – 5 on each side

Also starting from the downward dog position, bring one leg up, keeping your toes pointed up. Bring it to your chest and then extend upwards. Repeat. Bring both legs together and put your weight on your back and stretch it at the same time. Make sure to work on both sides. The tuck builds up the muscles in your abdomen and lower back.

4. Navasana Leg Lifts – 5 rounds

Form an “N” with your bum and feet on the ground and knees in the air, lean back. Bring your legs up parallel to the floor. Point your right toe up and then the left toe up. Completing this gives you a stronger abdomen, hip flexors and spine.

5. Side Plank Leg Lifts – 5 on each side

Go on all fours and bring your right leg out. Bring your left leg forward and extend your left arm straight up. Lift your left leg up and bring it down. Do this three times. Bring your left knee to your left elbow and revert to the original position. Not only does this exercise improve your balance, it also trains your concentration and strengthens your arms and wrists!

You’ll be thanking your lucky stars if you’ve made it through without wanting to just sleep in!You can thank me later once you feel toned and stronger. Good luck!

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