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05th Apr 2021

Wellness: 3 easy yoga moves that will have a huge impact on your health

Trine Jensen-Burke


Whether you have never tried yoga before or you’re a regular yogi, this is for you.

And you don’t have to leave the house or look up your nearest yoga studio either. These three simple yoga moves are easy enough to do at home – and there are all sorts of reasons why you should try.

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1. The cat arch

How to: Start on your hands and knees, with your hands under your shoulders and knees under hips. Inhale and lift your chin to the ceiling and gently arching your back, pull your belly to the floor. (Keep arms locked, just move your spine.) Exhale and look to the floor, tucking your chin under and roll your spine up, pulling belly muscles up and away from the floor. Repeat five times slowly.

Why: Stabilise the nervous system, aid digestion, detoxify the liver and help you sleep…

2. Posture hug

How to: Lie on your back with your knees to your chest. Wrap your arms around your knees and grab tightly to each of your elbows. Flatten your whole spine and roll shoulders back to the floor. Lengthen your neck to the floor by peering down the front of your top, while pushing your tailbone to the floor. Hold for 30 seconds, then repeat 2 -3 times.

Why: To reverse the effects of sitting at a desk all day and tone the kidneys for smooth, relaxed energy…

3. The Downward Dog

How to: Start on your hands and knees. Keep your hands under your shoulders, spread your fingers and straighten your legs. Inhale, then exhale as you raise your buttocks and hips while lowering the crown of your head toward the floor. Relax your neck and lift shoulders back, release your chest through your shoulders, squeeze your thigh muscles and work your heels to the ground. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths, then exhale and gently drop to your knees. {Consult your doctor if you suffer from hypertension.}

Why: For stamina, energy, vitality and balance…