Find a quiet space, preferably outside, and try some easy and relaxing “Garden” Yoga. You don’t need a garden to pretend you are in one. Any peaceful spot will do. It can even be in your room, or in a park! It’s especially important during shelter-in-place that we move and stretch our bodies as well as practice a little bit of mindfulness to calm our thoughts.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- Yoga mat or towel
- Quiet flat space.
- Comfortable clothes
Be a Tree
To do Tree Pose: Stand on one leg. Bend the knee of the leg you are not standing on, place the sole of your foot on the opposite inner thigh or calf, and balance. Sway like a tree in the breeze. Switch sides and repeat the steps.
Be a Frog
To do Squat (Garland) Pose: Come down to a squat with your knees apart and your arms resting between your knees. Touch your hands to the ground. Jump up like a frog and then return to a squat position.
Be a Seed
To do Child’s Pose: Sit back on your heels, slowly bring your forehead down to rest on the floor in front of your knees, rest your arms down alongside your body, and take a few deep breaths. Pretend to be a seed in the garden.
Be a Butterfly
To do Cobbler’s Pose: Gently come up and sit on your bottom with a tall spine. Bend your legs, place the soles of your feet together, and gently flap your legs like the wings of a butterfly.
Resting Pose (Savasana)
Finish your garden yoga experience by lying on your back with your arms and legs spread out in a Resting Pose. Close your eyes (if that’s comfortable) and take a few deep breaths. Think about what you love about gardens and maybe imagine a rainbow arching across the sky above you.