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YOGA with Theresa Wilk Feeley, PT, DPT, Certified Yoga Instructor

The benefits of yoga are endless.  It is most well-known for improvements in flexibility, and it also strengthens and tones muscles.  It improves balance, respiratory function, and body awareness.  Yoga helps to improve the mind-body connection, reduces stress, and creates an overall calmness.

Restorative Yoga Poses:

These are relaxing and restful poses that are meant to be healing and nurturing for the body. Pillows, cushions, and yoga blocks are used in these poses to support the body, creating complete relaxation. This gives the body time to restore, and the practitioner can focus on the breath and meditation to calm and clear the mind. These poses should be held for at least 5 minutes.

Legs up the Wall: (Viparita Karani)

Sit sideways with your hips close to the wall, then lie onto your side.  Elevate the legs up the wall as you roll onto your back.  The closer the hips to the wall, the bigger the stretch.  Slide the hips back if there is any pain or discomfort in the low back or legs, or use the below modification with legs on the chair.  Use a pillow under the hips, heads or arms for support.  Arms gently resting on the belly (used for cuing belly breathing) or they can be out the side, also supported on pillows for comfort.  

Benefits

This pose has many benefits, including reduction of headaches, migraines, insomnia, menstrual cramps and digestive disorders.  It can also help to decrease anxiety and mild depression.

 

Legs On The Chair

  

Start sitting in front of the chair, and lie onto your side.  As you roll onto your back, bring your legs up on top of the chair, with calves resting on the seat of the chair.  A pillow can be placed under the calves for increased comfort, or under the hips or head.  Arms gently resting on the belly (used for cuing belly breathing) or they can be out the side, also supported on pillows for comfort.  

Benefits

This pose relieves tension in the belly and pelvis, as well as balances the nervous system, and quiets the mind.

 

Supported Bridge

 

Lie on the back, with knees bent and feet just hip-width apart.  Lift the hips off the ground high enough to place a yoga block at a comfortable setting under your waistline.  This block should feel comfortable where it is resting at the back.  A folded pillow or several pillows can be used in place of the block. Arms gently resting on the belly (used for cuing belly breathing) or they can be out the side, also supported on pillows for comfort.  


Benefits

This pose stretches the chest, neck, and spine.  It helps to stimulate abdominal organs and lungs, and to improve digestion.  It also helps to reduce anxiety and mild depression.

Thread The Needle: Urdhva Mukha Pasasana

Thread the needle

Begin on your hands and knees, with your knees under your hips and hands under your shouders. Take your right hand, and thread it through the opening created by your left arm and leg, twisting towards the left side.  

 Benefits

This pose increases spine mobility, mostly in the thoracic or upper spine and helps to alleviate tension  in the neck and back.  It relaxes the body and quiets the mind, and helps to relieve stress.

Deer Pose: Mrigasana

deer pose

Begin by sitting with your hips rotated out so that your feet come together.  Take your left leg, and slide it around and behind you, so that it is in the opposite direction.

Modification: You can reach forward to increase the stretch to both hips.

 Benefits

This pose helps to improve hip flexibility, and is thought of as a hip opener.  It helps to aid in digestion and to relieve gas.

Puppy Pose: Uttana Shishosana

puppy pose

Begin on your hands and knees, with your knees under your hips.  Keeping your lower body still, walk your hands away from your legs, stretching through the lower back.  Maintain the knees under the hips, do not shift your lower body weight forward. 

 Benefits

This pose releases tension from the shoulders and back by stretching both these areas.  This also helps to calm the body, relieving stress and anxiety, as well as reduce insomnia.

Stretching Yoga Poses:

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These yoga poses are created to stretch and lengthen through the pelvic floor and hip musculature. Holding these poses will also improve flexibility and motion throughout hips and lower back. You should hold each of these poses for 1-3 minutes, or 15-20 slow deep breaths for maximal benefit.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

   

Big toes are touching behind you and knees are spread to the edges of the mat.  Stretch your arms forward, and press your hips back to your feet.  Breath into your belly, inhaling and lengthening through the pelvic floor musculature, and then contracting through the pelvic floor on the exhale.

Modifications include arms crossed under your forehead (you can also add a pillow/block) or using 1-2 pillows under hips to elevate your hips (recommended with knee/hip problems/tightness).  Another alternative is to straight the legs completely, and let toes fall out to the sides of the mat.

Benefits:

This is a restful and restorative pose, helping to decrease stress and anxiety.  It also stretches and releases tension from the back.

 

Squat Pose (Malasana)

   

Feet are slightly wider than hip-width, with toes slightly turned out.  Sink your bottom towards the ground, with hands at the heart’s center and using elbows to press the knees out.  Relax through the lower spine and lengthen the tailbone to the ground.  

Modifications include the use of a block or stool to support you or can be done lying on your back and pulling your knees into your chest, drawing them towards the outside of your body or armpits.

Benefits

This pose facilitates improvements in posture and to promote calmness in the body.  It aids to boost metabolism as well as helps with the elimination of waste from the body.

 

Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)

  

Lying on your back, exhale and bring your knees into your chest.  Reach for the outsides of both feet with your hands, drawing your knees towards your shoulders.  Relax through your lower back, lengthening through your spine to keep your back flat on the floor.

Modifications include reaching to the backs of your calves or thighs.  You can also come into the pose with one leg at a time (reaching for the foot, calf or thigh) while trying to keep the opposite hip down.

Benefits

 This pose works to lengthen the muscles of the pelvic girdle, groin, and inner hips to reduce tension.  It helps to soothe the spine, reduce stress, and relieve fatigue.

 

Wide Leg Forward Fold (Prasarita Padottanasana)

  

Stand with feet at a comfortable spot wider than hip-width, and feet slightly turned out.  Pull up through the pelvic floor and core, and fold forward reaching your hands to the floor, yoga blocks or a chair.  

Benefits

Forward folds stretch the back and hamstrings.  They help to stimulate internal organs, increase circulation to the pelvic organs and help to calm the mind and body.

lengthen the muscles of the pelvic girdle, groin, and inner hips to reduce tension.  It helps to soothe the spine, reduce stress, and relieve fatigue.

Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)

Start in a half-kneeling position.  Tighten through your core, and tuck your hips under.   Lean into the forward leg, checking that your foot far enough in front of you that your knee does not come over your toes.  Keep the core tight and lengthen through the spine.  Modifications include a pillow under the knee to reduce strain or a chair on the side for balance.

Benefits

 This pose stretches the anterior hip musculature and releases tension in the hips.  It also aids to focus the mind and works to improve balance.

Reclining Pigeon Pose (Supta Kapotasana)

Lying on your back with one knee bend, place the opposite ankle on that thigh.  Stay here if you feel a stretch, or reach behind the thigh of the bent knee and pull that leg towards you, to increase the stretch on the opposite side.

Benefits

This pose releases tension in the lower back and hips, as well as increases blood flow.  It also helps to improve digestion.

Bound Ankle Pose: Supta Baddha Konasana

 

Begin lying on your back, knees are bent, and feet flat on the ground.  Rest your hands on your belly and slowly let your knees fall out to the sides.  Modifications include pillows or blocks under the knees.  

Benefits

This pose will stretch through the groin and inner thighs.  It stimulates abdominal organs, as well as improves circulation and respiration.  It can help to reduce symptoms associated with menopause, menstrual cramps as well as aide to relieve stress and mild depression. 

Supine Twist: Supta Matsyendranasa

supine twist Supine twist mod 2 Supine twist mod 1 Supine twist advanced

Lying on your back with legs straight, pull the right knee into your chest and then over to the left side of your body.  Arms reach out to the side and gaze falls to the opposite side of the legs. 

Modifications: To increase the stretch, wrap the right leg around the left leg before letting your knees fall towards the left. You can use a pillow, bolster or block under the right leg to decrease strain to low back and hips.

Benefits

This pose lengthens the spine and releases the posterior hips.  It improves digestion and calms the mind.

Seated Twist: Ardha Matsyendrasana

seated twist Seated twist modification Seated Twist advanced seated twist advanced 2

Start in a seated position with both legs out straight.  Place your right leg on the ground outside of your left thigh.  Begin here, and then work to twist towards your right, bringing your left hand to the outside of the right knee.

Modifications: To advance this pose, you can bend your bottom leg or extend the top leg holding on to the outside of the foot during the twist.  You can modify it with the knee placed inside the thigh for a gentle stretch.  If there is any pain in the back or neck, avoid twisting.

Benefits

This pose helps to stimulate the liver and kidneys, as well as stimulating digestion.  It stretches the shoulders, hips and neck.  This pose is also said to relieve menstrual discomfort, fatigue, sciatica, and backache and aid with infertility. 

Pigeon Pose: Kapotasana

Pigeon pose Pigeon pose modification

Begin on your hands and knees (or you can also start in Downward Facing Dog). Bring your right knee to your right wrist with your right foot towards the left side.  Use your hands at either side of your hips to square them off, and then settle your hips down to the ground.  

Modifications: Add a block or bolster under your hip to allow for more support, and to increased the intensity of the stretch.  After squaring your hips, you can lean forward into Sleeping Pigeon Pose to increase the intensity of the stretch.

Benefits

This pose helps to increase flexibility throughout the hips and lower back.  It is believed to help with digestion, as well as to relieve anxiety, stress and fear.

Butterfly (Bound Ankle): Baddha Konasana

Butterfly Butter fly modification

Begin in a seated posture, bring both feet together in front of your body.  Relax your knees towards the groin to open up through the hips.

Modifications: Place a block under each knee to create a gentler stretch, or sit on the block or a bolster to decrease strain to hips and lower back.

Benefits

This pose helps to open the hips by stretching the inner thighs and groin muscles.  It helps to improve circulation to the lower body and pelvic floor muscles.

Seated Wide Legged Forward Fold: Upavistha Konasana

Seated wide legged forward fold

Sit on the ground, with both legs straight and stretching in opposite directions.  Begin by sitting up tall, and keeping your back straight and you walk your hands forward to deepen the stretch.

Modifications:  Use a bolster and yoga block to create a ramp to rest your chest on.  You can also sit on a yoga block or bolster to decrease tension through the hips.

Benefits

This pose opens through the hips and groin, as well as stretches the lower back.  It helps to stimulate the abdominal organs, and calms the nervous system.  It helps to improve digestion, and relieve symptoms of menopause.

Seated Forward Fold (Caterpillar): Paschimottanasana

Seated Forward Fold modification

Sit with your legs extended in front of you.  Stay here, or deepen the stretch by reaching towards your feet.

Modifications: Place a yoga block or bolster at your knees to reduce the stretch to your hamstrings.  You can also use a yoga strap, belt or towel in your hands and around your feet.

Benefits

This pose stretches the hamstrings and back of the legs.  It stimulates the abdominal organs and digestion.  It also helps to calm the nervous system, decreasing anxiety and headaches.  It stimulates the reproductive and urinary system, benefiting menstrual cramps, menopause symptoms and infertility.

Strengthening Yoga Poses:

These poses work to strengthen the muscles of the legs, arms and trunk, as well as improve balance.  They are active poses, and requiring contraction o the muscles, and the pulling up and in of the core and pelvic floor to stabilize.  Use your Drishti to focus your gaze and mind, holding each pose for at least 3 breaths, and working up to 6 breaths.

Mountain Pose: Tadasana

  

Feet can be hip-width (2 fists) apart, or big toes can touch with heels slightly turned out.  Press down through the heels, and pull up through the muscles of the front of the thighs.  Pull up through the core and pelvic floor, and length through the spine.   Using a block at the inner thighs helps to integrate core and pelvic floor contractions.

Benefits

 This pose improves posture, balance, and strength in the legs and core.

 

Chair Pose: Utkatasana

Begin with feet hip-width apart (2 fists distance) and sink hips back as you would to sit in a chair.  You want to be able to see your toes, to ensure that your knees are coming forward and that your weight is in your heels.  Pull into the belly, and lengthen tailbone towards the ground.  Hands reaching up, with shoulders pulling down and back.  Modifications include a yoga block between the thighs, or arms crossed at the chest.

Benefits

This pose helps to strengthen the legs and feet.  It also stimulates the heart, diaphragm, and abdominal organs.

 

Triangle Pose: Utthita Trikonasana

Triangle Pose

Start standing with the right foot facing forward, and the left foot turned out (creating a heel to arch alignment, same base stance as Warrior II).  Place your feet wide from the front to the back of the mat, at a comfortable distance.  Reach the right hand forward, to lengthen the right side body and then down towards the ground.  Rotating the chest and ribs upwards.  

Modifications: Use a block under your hand to improve stability and decrease strain to hips.

Benefits

This pose stretches the inner thighs, hips and low back.  It helps to activate core muscles, improving balance and stability.  It stimulates the abdominal organs, improving digestion and constipation.  It can help to decrease back pain and symptoms of menopause.  It aids in anxiety and infertility.

 

Warrior I : Virabhadrasana

Warrior 1

Begin with your right foot forward at 12 o’clock, and your back left foot out to an angle (around 2 o’clock).  Make sure that your feet are at hip width distance from right to left on your mat (think railroad tracks not tight rope!).  Pull your left hip forward, and engage your core to keep our hips level.  Hands can reach overhead, or be at the heart’s center.  Pull shoulders down and back, away from the ears.

Benefits

This pose stretches hips and inner legs, as well as tones the legs, arms and core muscles.  This pose also helps to decrease stress and improve metabolism.

Warrior II : Virabhadrasana

 

The front foot is at 12 o’clock, and the back foot is angled towards the side of mat, or 9 o’clock position.  Feet are in heel to arch alignment, hips opening towards the side of the mat.  Pull into the core, lengthen the tail bone towards the mat and rotate the thighs open to the wall behind.  Pull shoulder blades together as arms reach out at shoulder level, palms down, shoulders away from the ears.  

Benefits

This pose will open the hips and groin, and strengthen through the legs and arms.  It helps to open the chest and lungs to improve circulation and respiration.  This pose is also said to stimulate the abdominal organs.

 

Crescent Lunge: Anjaneyasana

Crescent Lunge  Crescent Lunge Mod

Begin with right foot forward at 12 o’clock, and back left foot also facing forward.  Feet are hip width distance apart right to left.  Bend into the front knee as you come onto the ball of the back left foot.  Pull into the core to rotate the right hip forward, feeling a stretch in the front of that leg.  Make sure that the front knee is not forward over the toe, or caving inwards toward the left.

Modification: This pose can be done with the back knee resting on the ground, for low lunge.

Benefits

This pose helps to stretch the hips and groin, as well as open the front of the body.  It strengthens and tones the legs, arms, and core.  

 

Crescent Lunge Twist: Parivrtta Anjaneyasana

   

 Crescent Lunge twist

Start with a Crescent Lunge set up.  Pulling into the core, lengthen through the trunk as you twist towards the front leg.  Hands can be at heart center, or you can open them up to increase the stretch.  Keep the core tight and the front hip pulling back.

Modified: This pose can be done with the back knee resting on the ground, for low lunge.

Benefits

This pose helps for stretch and tone the legs, hip and core as well as open the chest and stretch the upper back.  Twisting poses also help to remove toxins and improve digestion.

 

Yoga Poses for Constipation:

Printable PDF

During constipation, the backflow of bowels can lead to bloating, gas and can also create extra pressure on the pelvic floor and lower spine. Staying regular is important for the overall health of your body. These yoga poses with focus on forward folds and gentle twisting help to stimulate abdominal organs, improve digestion and to relieve gas. Hold each pose for at least 6-10 breaths, working into longer holds.

 

Happy Baby Pose Modification

  Happy Baby Pose modification

 

Supine Twist

supine twist

 

Thread the Needle

thread the needle 

 

Seated Twist

seated twist 

 

Deer Pose

deer pose 

 

Crescent Lunge Twist

Crescent Lunge Twist Modification 

 

Yoga Poses for Tight Pelvic Floor:

Printable PDF / Printable PDF of Modifications

Many times, tightness in the pelvic floor muscles are the reason for pain and dysfunction. These yoga poses help to stretch and lengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. Hold each pose for at least 6-10 breaths, working into longer holds.

 

Child's Pose

   

Big toes are touching behind you and knees are spread to the edges of the mat.  Stretch your arms forward, and press your hips back to your feet.  Breath into your belly, inhaling and lengthening through the pelvic floor musculature, and then contracting through the pelvic floor on the exhale.

Modifications include arms crossed under your forehead (you can also add a pillow/block) or using 1-2 pillows under hips to elevate your hips (recommended with knee/hip problems/tightness).  Another alternative is to straight the legs completely, and let toes fall out to the sides of the mat.

Benefits:

This is a restful and restorative pose, helping to decrease stress and anxiety.  It also stretches and releases tension from the back.

 

Happy Baby Pose

  

Lying on your back, exhale and bring your knees into your chest.  Reach for the outsides of both feet with your hands, drawing your knees towards your shoulders.  Relax through your lower back, lengthening through your spine to keep your back flat on the floor.

Modifications include reaching to the backs of your calves or thighs.  You can also come into the pose with one leg at a time (reaching for the foot, calf or thigh) while trying to keep the opposite hip down.

Benefits

 This pose works to lengthen the muscles of the pelvic girdle, groin, and inner hips to reduce tension.  It helps to soothe the spine, reduce stress, and relieve fatigue.

Butterfly

butterfly pose

 

Bound Ankle Pose

 

Begin lying on your back, knees are bent, and feet flat on the ground.  Rest your hands on your belly and slowly let your knees fall out to the sides.  Modifications include pillows or blocks under the knees.  

Benefits

This pose will stretch through the groin and inner thighs.  It stimulates abdominal organs, as well as improves circulation and respiration.  It can help to reduce symptoms associated with menopause, menstrual cramps as well as aide to relieve stress and mild depression.  

 

Squat Pose

   

Feet are slightly wider than hip-width, with toes slightly turned out.  Sink your bottom towards the ground, with hands at the heart’s center and using elbows to press the knees out.  Relax through the lower spine and lengthen the tailbone to the ground.  

Modifications include the use of a block or stool to support you or can be done lying on your back and pulling your knees into your chest, drawing them towards the outside of your body or armpits.

Benefits

This pose facilitates improvements in posture and to promote calmness in the body.  It aids to boost metabolism as well as helps with the elimination of waste from the body.

 

Low Lunge

Start in a half-kneeling position.  Tighten through your core, and tuck your hips under.   Lean into the forward leg, checking that your foot far enough in front of you that your knee does not come over your toes.  Keep the core tight and lengthen through the spine.  Modifications include a pillow under the knee to reduce strain or a chair on the side for balance.

Benefits

 This pose stretches the anterior hip musculature and releases tension in the hips.  It also aids to focus the mind and works to improve balance.

 

 

Yoga Poses for Menstrual Cramps & Menopause Symptoms:

Printable PDF

These yoga poses help to relieve symptoms related to the menstrual cycle and menopause transition. They help to reduce cramps as well as headaches, stress and anxiety by calming the mind and body. Hold each pose for at least 6-10 breaths, working into longer holds.

 

Seated Twist

seated twist

Seated Forward Fold

seated forward fold modification

Bound Ankle Pose

 

Begin lying on your back, knees are bent, and feet flat on the ground.  Rest your hands on your belly and slowly let your knees fall out to the sides.  Modifications include pillows or blocks under the knees.  

Benefits

This pose will stretch through the groin and inner thighs.  It stimulates abdominal organs, as well as improves circulation and respiration.  It can help to reduce symptoms associated with menopause, menstrual cramps as well as aide to relieve stress and mild depression.  

 

Butterfly Up the Wall

butterfly up the wall 

Supine Twist

Lying on your back with legs straight, pull the right knee into your chest and then over to the left side of your body.  Arms reach out to the side and gaze falls to the opposite side of the legs.  Modifications include performing with the right leg hooked around the left for a more intense stretch, or with both knees bent.

Benefits

This pose lengthens the spine and releases the posterior hips.  It improves digestion and calms the mind.

 

 

Child's Pose

   

Big toes are touching behind you and knees are spread to the edges of the mat.  Stretch your arms forward, and press your hips back to your feet.  Breath into your belly, inhaling and lengthening through the pelvic floor musculature, and then contracting through the pelvic floor on the exhale.

Modifications include arms crossed under your forehead (you can also add a pillow/block) or using 1-2 pillows under hips to elevate your hips (recommended with knee/hip problems/tightness).  Another alternative is to straight the legs completely, and let toes fall out to the sides of the mat.

Benefits:

This is a restful and restorative pose, helping to decrease stress and anxiety.  It also stretches and releases tension from the back.

 

Yoga Poses for Stress:

Printable PDF

These are relaxing and restful poses that are meant to be healing and nurturing for the body. They help to reduce anxiety and stress, and to calm the mind and body. Hold each pose for at least 6-10 breaths, working into longer holds.

 

Puppy Pose

puppy pose

Thread The Needle

Standing Forward Fold

  

Stand with feet at a comfortable spot wider than hip-width, and feet slightly turned out.  Pull up through the pelvic floor and core, and fold forward reaching your hands to the floor, yoga blocks or a chair.  

Benefits

Forward folds stretch the back and hamstrings.  They help to stimulate internal organs, increase circulation to the pelvic organs and help to calm the mind and body.

lengthen the muscles of the pelvic girdle, groin, and inner hips to reduce tension.  It helps to soothe the spine, reduce stress, and relieve fatigue.

Supine Twist

Lying on your back with legs straight, pull the right knee into your chest and then over to the left side of your body.  Arms reach out to the side and gaze falls to the opposite side of the legs.  Modifications include performing with the right leg hooked around the left for a more intense stretch, or with both knees bent.

Benefits

This pose lengthens the spine and releases the posterior hips.  It improves digestion and calms the mind.

 

 

Legs Up The Wall

Sit sideways with your hips close to the wall, then lie onto your side.  Elevate the legs up the wall as you roll onto your back.  The closer the hips to the wall, the bigger the stretch.  Slide the hips back if there is any pain or discomfort in the low back or legs, or use the below modification with legs on the chair.  Use a pillow under the hips, heads or arms for support.  Arms gently resting on the belly (used for cuing belly breathing) or they can be out the side, also supported on pillows for comfort.  

Benefits

This pose has many benefits, including reduction of headaches, migraines, insomnia, menstrual cramps and digestive disorders.  It can also help to decrease anxiety and mild depression.

Bound Ankle Pose

 

Begin lying on your back, knees are bent, and feet flat on the ground.  Rest your hands on your belly and slowly let your knees fall out to the sides.  Modifications include pillows or blocks under the knees.  

Benefits

This pose will stretch through the groin and inner thighs.  It stimulates abdominal organs, as well as improves circulation and respiration.  It can help to reduce symptoms associated with menopause, menstrual cramps as well as aide to relieve stress and mild depression.  

 

Yoga Poses for Pelvic Organ Prolapse:

Printable PDF

Heaviness in the pelvic, abdomen or vaginal area are common symptoms with pelvic organ prolapse, as well as with other pelvic floor dysfunctions.  These poses use gravity eliminated postures to reduce pressure and pain from the pelvic floor.  They also aide in calming the nervous system, which helps with pain management.  Hold each pose for 6-10 breaths, working into longer holds.

 

Legs up the Wall: (Viparita Karani)

Sit sideways with your hips close to the wall, then lie onto your side.  Elevate the legs up the wall as you roll onto your back.  The closer the hips to the wall, the bigger the stretch.  Slide the hips back if there is any pain or discomfort in the low back or legs, or use the below modification with legs on the chair.  Use a pillow under the hips, heads or arms for support.  Arms gently resting on the belly (used for cuing belly breathing) or they can be out the side, also supported on pillows for comfort.  

Benefits

This pose has many benefits, including reduction of headaches, migraines, insomnia, menstrual cramps and digestive disorders.  It can also help to decrease anxiety and mild depression.

 

Legs On The Chair

  

Start sitting in front of the chair, and lie onto your side.  As you roll onto your back, bring your legs up on top of the chair, with calves resting on the seat of the chair.  A pillow can be placed under the calves for increased comfort, or under the hips or head.  Arms gently resting on the belly (used for cuing belly breathing) or they can be out the side, also supported on pillows for comfort.  

Benefits

This pose relieves tension in the belly and pelvis, as well as balances the nervous system, and quiets the mind.

 

Supported Bridge

 

Lie on the back, with knees bent and feet just hip-width apart.  Lift the hips off the ground high enough to place a yoga block at a comfortable setting under your waistline.  This block should feel comfortable where it is resting at the back.  A folded pillow or several pillows can be used in place of the block. Arms gently resting on the belly (used for cuing belly breathing) or they can be out the side, also supported on pillows for comfort.  


Benefits

This pose stretches the chest, neck, and spine.  It helps to stimulate abdominal organs and lungs, and to improve digestion.  It also helps to reduce anxiety and mild depression.

Bound Ankle Pose

 

Begin lying on your back, knees are bent, and feet flat on the ground.  Rest your hands on your belly and slowly let your knees fall out to the sides.  Modifications include pillows or blocks under the knees.  

Benefits

This pose will stretch through the groin and inner thighs.  It stimulates abdominal organs, as well as improves circulation and respiration.  It can help to reduce symptoms associated with menopause, menstrual cramps as well as aide to relieve stress and mild depression.  

Supine Twist

Lying on your back with legs straight, pull the right knee into your chest and then over to the left side of your body.  Arms reach out to the side and gaze falls to the opposite side of the legs.  Modifications include performing with the right leg hooked around the left for a more intense stretch, or with both knees bent.

Benefits

This pose lengthens the spine and releases the posterior hips.  It improves digestion and calms the mind.

Reclining Pigeon Pose

Lying on your back with one knee bend, place the opposite ankle on that thigh.  Stay here if you feel a stretch, or reach behind the thigh of the bent knee and pull that leg towards you, to increase the stretch on the opposite side.

Benefits

This pose releases tension in the lower back and hips, as well as increases blood flow.  It also helps to improve digestion.

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