Exercise– for Body and Spirit

Between a crazy schedule and everyday worries, it’s no wonder many of us feel frazzled.  To the rescue is a yoga move that incorporates deep breathing to calm your body and mind.  Best of all, this easy exercise, the calming crescent pose (also known as Anjaneyasana) can be done anywhere.  Here’s how:  stand with your feet hip-width apart.  Bend forward and reach for your toes.  Place your palms flat on the floor.  Take a big step back with your left foot.  Extend the back leg straight, but if you are a beginner, you can deep the left knee on the floor.  Bend your right knee so that it is directly over your ankle.  On an inhale, reach your arms to the sky.  Hold the pose for three long breaths.  Switch sides and repeat as many times as comfortable.  The photo below is courtesy of Maui yoga instructor, Tara Angioletti, who explains that this low lunge awakens the quadriceps.   A surfer herself, many surfing enthusiasts enjoy her class. This exercise helps maintain a strong core by snuggling the sacrum slightly inward.  “As the moon affects the tides, allow this crescent moon pose to affect the fluid nature of your yoga and surfing practices.”

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4 thoughts on “Exercise– for Body and Spirit

  1. Pinky

    Just tried the crescent pose and feel a bit better. Is night work causing my blues, Kathleen? At the moment, I’m awake again. I’ve been grouchy since switching to the night shift. Is there a connection?

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    By nature we humans are awake during daylight hours. We are not noctural. Randy Nelson, PhD, professor of neuroscience and psychology at Ohio State University, Columbus, has studied the link between exposure to unnatural light cycles (working at night, in your case, Pinky) with depressive symptoms (compared to the normal daylight-nightime cycle). He recommends easing your symptoms by using blackout curtains to darken your bedroom. Make it pitch black.

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Pinky, try reading a simple romance before bedtime. I don’t work at night, but reading a chapter when I know the ending will turn out okay, puts my mind at ease. I always stretch before turning in. Hope by the time you read this, you are enjoying some ZZZZZs, Pinky.

  4. Mary Alice, reading a happy-ending story (the definition of a romance) is a mind smoother. I think it’s because we think about what the hero/heroine is facing but don’t actually worry about it. We’d be a little nuts if we did!

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