I absolutely love my family and I hate that they are all so far away in Idaho. I try and get home at least 3 times a year; and every time I have to leave, I get so sad. This summer is tricky since my little guy just arrived. I do hope I can get out there with him towards the end of August though.
Every one has a different relationship with their family members, and no matter how great yours may be; it can always be a little stressful. If you plan on taking a vacation or spending time with your family this summer make sure to take some deep full breaths when things get hectic. Try and be present and enjoy the quality time as much as you can.
After a weekend with the family, it’s important to come back to your self and reconnect with your identity. Try and cherish the time you can spend when you’re with your family, while staying true to your self. Here are some of my favorite yoga poses to do when you return home so you can reconnect, and let go of any tension that may have built up.
Virasana (Hero’s Pose)—First of all, this is a great stretch for the quadriceps muscles, which can often get on fight or flight mode around the family. Secondly, it’s a great place to meditate and watch your breath. If your knees bother you, you can sit up on a block or pillow. Start kneeling, then sit back between your heels, as you roll your calf flesh out to the sides. Anchor your sits bones in to the mat, rest your hands on your knees with thumbs and forefingers joined and palms open. Close your eyes if you wish or keep them open and watch your breath for 1 to 2 minutes (longer if you can).
Downward Facing Dog—From Hero’s pose move forward on to your hands and tuck your toes under pressing back and up in to downward facing dog. Down dog will stretch your knees back out and it will alleviate any tension you may have in your neck, shoulders, back and hips. Hold 5-8 breaths.
Parsvottanasana—From Downward Dog, step your right foot forward to your hands and straighten over your right leg. You may need to hop your left foot a little closer to anchor the outer left heel down on the mat turning the left toes out about 45 degrees. Hold and breathe in to your right hamstring as your back lets go and your head, neck and shoulders release. This intense side stretch feels so good on the body and helps you tune in to a deeper part of yourself and you let the back body unwind. Step back to Downward Dog then repeat on the left side. Finish in a standing forward hang or back in a child’s pose.
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