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Having the toughest job in the world sure can't be easy. I don't know how you busy moms do it and I'm going to be coming back around for all of your wisdom when hopefully I get a shot at brining little people into the planet too! How do you make it look easy?
I can only imagine how hectic your schedules are and how much all that lifting of kiddies and running around probably creates some tension in your body and mind. Thankfully yoga can help!
Here is a multi-tasking routine that will create space in the spine, release tension in the shoulders and hips and bring your mind back to open, calm and centered, so you can have some space for yourself in there too!
Thanks for all you do! Without moms, none of us would be here! This routine takes about 5 minutes and will leave you feeling refreshed and energized for the rest of your day:
(And check out more routines for frazzled mind, killer car rides, insomnia, hangovers and more in my new book, Yoga Cures.)
Stand with your feet parallel to each other. Take a big, deep, inhale and lift your arms out and up overhead. Grab a hold of your left wrist with your right hand and gently lift up and over to get a nice release in your side. Stay here for 3 long, deep breaths and do the other side.
Start standing. Interlace your hands behind your back. Take a big inhale and lift your chest up. Exhale and gently fold forward over your legs letting your shoulders release. Bend your knees slightly to take the pressure off of your hamstrings. Stay here for 5 long, deep breaths and gently release and roll up to stand.
Come into a low lunge. Scoot your front foot over so your can lie your shin on the ground. Relax your hips on the ground. If you feel any pain in the knee, scoot your front foot closer toward you or sit up on a pillow to take the pressure off. Stay here for 10 long, deep breaths. Relax your torso forward and hang there for 20 long, deep breaths. Try the other side too!
Deep breaths and enjoy!