Friday, June 1, 2012

Good morning Youthful Yogis,

I hope you enjoyed our first-ever Youthful Yogis Show and Tell...personally, I am still trying to get over that poor little frog being dangled by one leg. But I'm sure he was just a cartoon, after all!

In honor of our slippery, green, froggy friends, I thought I would share a new pose with you today. It's called--what else?--Frog Pose, and in Sanskrit it's known as Bhekasana.

Bhekasana stretches your ankles, legs, belly and chest. It's also good for digestion, which might be worth remembering the next time you order a jumbo burrito with extra sour cream (please eat that burrito way before you try frog'll feel queasy, otherwise!)

The picture I found of frog pose shows a guy who is obviously super flexible....he's bending both legs, bringing his hands all the way to his toes and getting his ankles to the sides of his derriere (that's French for buttocks, in case you were wondering!)
You'll want to do some warm-up stretches before you try this pose, and don't feel like you have to look like Mr. Yoga-Dude up there. Have fun and know that you can choose to bend one leg at a time, which is called "half frog". Half frog is popular with a lot of Youthful Yogis.

Either way, the pose does look pretty froggy, don't you think?!

"Ribbit, ribbit"

There is another way to channel your inner frog while doing yoga, and here it is:

Make sure your knees feel comfortable in a squat position: bring your fingertips to the floor, then  straighten your legs and relax your head. You'll be in a forward fold. Keep bending and straightening your legs, 5-10 times is plenty.

By now you're probably hoping you will never see another frog as long as you live. But don't let that stop you from trying frog pose, Youthful's really lots of fun! And if you don't believe me, just ask Kermit...

"Frog Pose rocks!"

I'm going to head outside for some fresh air now; I think hanging out with all these frogs is making my skin turn green!

Have a great day, Youthful Yogis.  Stay healthy and I'll see you again soon!


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