Sun, the beach, and yoga – sounds like the perfect combination!
And, that’s exactly what’s happening this month in New York’s trendy Hamptons, which is a summer destination for yoga-loving celebs like Kelly Ripa, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Prevention Yoga Studio is offering free classes (yup, free) to celebs and us regular folks to help get our mind, body, and soul in shape. Remember: Beach season is not over yet! While most of us won’t be able to jet-set to the Hamptons and strike a pose next to Madonna, others of us don’t have the time for a class. No worries? Prevention shares how to weave yoga into daily activities, such as showering and sitting at your desk. These off-the-mat poses take less than a minute.
No excuses now!
7 AM: In The Shower
This belly-breathing exercise tones and strengthens your abdominal muscles and can relieve headaches.
Stand tall with the water against your back. Place your palms on your abdomen, with index finger near your navel. Relax your belly and inhale deeply through your nose so your abdomen expands against your hands. Then exhale completely, pulling in your abdominal muscles to force out all the air, and make an om sound, feeling the vibration. Do three times.
11 AM: At Your Desk
Do this gentle back bend at least once every hour to relieve upper-back and neck tension and give you a burst of energy.
Sit on the edge of your chair with your feet flat on the floor. Place your palms with fingers facing forward on the seat behind your hips. Inhale and lengthen your spine, reaching the top of your head toward the ceiling. As you exhale, press your palms into the seat and roll your shoulders back and down. Inhale and lift your chin and chest, gazing toward the ceiling. Don’t drop your head back. Hold these yoga poses for two or three deep breaths.
4 PM: Waiting in Line
Try a modified Tree Pose, and you’ll strengthen your legs and torso.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your weight evenly distributed onto the soles. Lengthen your spine by lifting from the top of your head while keeping your chin level. Drop your shoulders away from your ears and relax your face and throat. Shift your weight and balance on your right foot, resting your left foot against your right ankle. Take slow, deep breaths and hold as long as possible. Repeat with your left leg.
For off-the-mat yoga poses, check out www.prevention.com.