Wow, I got so relaxed on my Magic Carpet Ride that I almost forgot I have a blog to write! If you haven't listened to "Magic Carpet Ride" yet, head on over to the Youthful Yogis Listening Activities section of this blog, just underneath the Photo Gallery. You can click on the words Magic Carpet Ride to download the track onto your computer. While you're there, try out the Guided Relaxation. You might end up feeling as peaceful as this guy...
|Youthful Yogis should mellow out on a carpet or a couch...not on a tree branch!|
Now that we're all rested and relaxed, it's time to check out a new yoga pose. I want to share one of my all-time favorite poses with you today called Ardha Chandrasana. In Sanskrit, ardha means half and chandra, literally "shining", is usually translated as moon. In English the pose is called "Half Moon."
Half Moon is a great pose because it stretches and strengthens the body and challenges our balance...all at once! Here is one view of the pose:
|Half Moon Pose|
And here is another view:
|Half Moon with a block|
|This guy has pointy ears and is missing some clothes...but he does look relaxed!|
Here is one reason I love Half Moon Pose: when I'm doing it, I feel like I'm on vacation...it's like flying to a faraway place, and then being really happy to get back home!
I hope you'll have fun trying Half Moon Pose at home, Youthful Yogis. Once you get used to the pose you can even try some variations, like Mr. Bend-o-Rama here...
|"Call me Mr. Flexible!"|
As always, be safe and get someone to help you, if you like.
I'd love to hang out longer, Youthful Yogis, but I need to go outside for a second....I hear a rustling noise in the trees and I'm just hoping no one got it into their heads to do Magic Carpet Ride on one of the branches!
Have a great day, see you again soon.