What up, fellow college yogis and soon-to-be-yogis! Congratulations on completing your first week back to school after spring break. How has everyone adjusted from watching endless reality TV to ripping your hair out over a midterm? I have had a bit of a stressful week myself, but yoga certainly helps. Which brings me to another installment of Touch Your Toes Friday.
Last week we focused on resting during yoga with Child’s Pose. In keeping with that theme and to ease us back into the demands we face as yogis juggling classes, jobs, roommates, and post-graduation plans by taking a breather with Happy Baby. While this position helps us relax and refocus our attention on our breath instead of our reeling, anxiety-laden thoughts, it also deeply stretches our inner thighs, areas of the body that we tend to neglect.
How to be a Happy Baby: Lying on your back, raise your legs up and towards your chest, keeping your knees open. Grab the insides of your feet and pull. Your thighs should be parallel to the floor; your shins perpendicular to the floor.
From Yoga Journal:
Take this pose to both relax your mind and body, but to also stretch your thighs and arms. After you align your body, try rocking from side to side, massaging your spine-it feels really good! Deepen your breaths, close your eyes, and pay attention to how every part of your body feels. Note the feelings in your thighs as you pull them to the earth, your hands pushing into your feet, and your arms stretching strongly to your insteps.
Happy Baby also reflects the playful side of yoga. We embrace our inner child (children?) when we experiment with our body in a calming, yet active way.
Try Happy Baby a few times, enjoying the experience of stretching your body, rolling from side to side, and reverting to a child-like state (in an appropriate, non-perverted kind of way!)