summer yoga series: vacation and tie stretches

So, you probably know how the story goes… One thing leads to another and here we are thinking about the changing of the seasons and throwing on a sweater and a pair of socks! Well, no, not really. But, it has been a while.

How are you?

After 2 (glorious!!) weeks in Hawaii with friends and family (celebrating a wedding! meeting our little niece! surfing! hiking! swimming in waterfalls!), and another week spent “getting back to reality”, I’m finally getting around to devoting some time to this space. It was a pretty incredible vacation!

beach days!

beach days!

hiking the napali coast

hiking the napali coast

sunset surfs

sunset surfs

Summer begs for permission for flexibility and space for the unexpected (activity! fun! rest!) in our schedules. And, in my case, my yoga practice calls for that too. Mid-July I was wholly focused on shoulder strength and flexibility, working my way into pinch mayurasana (feather) forearm balance … as of late, it looks more like balasana (childs) and tie stretches.

… wait, have you done any tie stretches? It’s a pretty great way to start your day, or finish a long day of sitting. I love the sensation of stretching out one leg… resting… noticing the difference between my two legs, hips, lower back, feet … then starting fresh with my other leg.

So, give maybe give these a try. Give yourself permission to feel how it feels, to feel the differences in our body sides, and maybe permission to take a break too, and let summer happen! much love.

  • lie on your back and place a strap (neck tie, housecoat wrap, belt, long socks, stockings, towel) around the bottom of your left foot.
  • keep your hips rooted into the earth, and press the top of your right thigh down into the ground. lift your left foot straight up (in line with your hip) until you feel a stretch in your hamstring. You can hold here or create small circles to open up the hamstring.
  • take the strap in your left hand and open your left foot to the side, aiming for the floor. creating a stretch in your inner left groin. remember to keep both hips pressing into the ground.
  • take the strap in your right hand and cross your left foot across the right side of your body. keep both hips pressing into the ground to create a stretch in IT band and outer side of your left left, or drop your left leg as far over to the right to twist and stretch into your outer left hip and lower back.
  • take a minute to pause before you stretch out the right leg to notice how it feels.
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hamstring stretch

 

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hamstring stretch

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inner leg stretch

 

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outer leg, hip and IT band stretch

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