Fitness Friday Week 33: Ustrasana- Camel Pose Part 2

Fitness Friday Week 33: Ustrasana- Camel Pose Part 2

Follow the directions on the video for this excellent heart opener and check out last week’s video for part 1.

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Fitness Friday Week 21: Cat/Cow Pose

This excellent back, neck, and shoulder opener is in my daily regiment. One of my favorite sayings is “you’re only as young as your spine is flexible.” So, let’s keep that internal fountain of youth going. We performers need all the help we can get.

To begin, start on your hands and knees. Spread wide through your fingers and make sure your pointer finger is pointing straight forward. As you inhale, lift your tailbone, relax your belly, lift your chest and chin. As you exhale, tuck your tailbone under, lifting through your back and in between the shoulder blades, letting your chin tuck in towards your chest. Complete several more rounds of this creating a wave-like motion through the spine. End with your back lifting up towards the ceiling and get a little extra activity but coming up high onto your fingertips.

You’ll be a little taller, more open, and your body will allow for deeper, easier breaths.

Fitness Friday Week 6: Shoulder Stretch at the Wall 

This is a yummy shoulder stretch which can easily be done in a practice room or hotel room. All you need is an empty wall. 

Start facing the wall and extend your left straight up towards the ceiling. Then, keeping your left arm straight, move it slowly in a counterclockwise motion as far as it can go (heading towards 9 o’clock.) For increases intensity, start to rotate your feet away from the wall towards the right hand side without moving your shoulder away from the wall. Hold for several breaths then come out of the pose by turning your body towards the wall before moving your left arm away from the wall. To repeat on the other side, bring your right arm up the wall and then move in a clockwise motion towards 3 o’clock. 

Feel free to send any questions you may have!

(Click the link to the blog post at the top of the page to view the video)