Diamond Yoga Pose

Diamond Yoga Pose

With the Diamond Yoga Pose from a seated position bring the soles of the feet together and bend the legs slightly so that there is a big gap in front of you. Sit with back straight lower ribs lifted and chest open. Put your hand on your knees and as you breath out fold forward and take hands down towards feet.
Be very careful on this one no sudden moves take it slow as there is a slight twist in the hamstring and sudden movements can cause damage to them.
If you get to a point where you feel the hamstrings complaining ease off slightly and use another breath to see if you can go further.
Fold as far forward as your body will allow and rest arms in the gap in front of you.

Wild Thing Yoga Pose

Wild Thing Yoga Pose

The Wild Thing pose is great for opening up the ribs and shoulder muscles.
There are 2 ways of getting into this pose either from a Scorpion or a side plank
Scorpion – so you have your right leg up there now just be brave and take the right hand off the floor and head the right foot to the floor. As you flip over lift the hips and arch your back. Relax the head and take the arm backwards and reach the hand out and feel that stretch.
Side plank – again it is just a matter of feeling brave take the top leg and put the foot flat on the floor behind you and lift the body and arm to follow as above. This pose takes a bit of practice and building of confidence that you will make it but when you get it it feels great.
Be careful of shoulders and there is quite a rotation of the joint.

Cobbler | Yoga Pose

Cobbler | Yoga Pose

This is a hip opening pose but you must keep the back straight and abdominals engaged so the Cobbler is a good back strengthener.

Bring the soles of the feet together and as close to your groin as possible. Let the knees drop out to the side. I find the hardest part of this pose is to keep the upper body upright and relax the hips at the same time, it seems to be one or the other.Bring your ribs forwards relax the shoulder and open out the chest. Keep the neck long and chin level with the floor.

The Bridge | Yoga Pose

The Bridge | Yoga Pose

Start off by laying flat on your back.
Bring your heels close towards the bottom and keep the feet hip width apart with feet facing forwards.
To initiate this move you need to tilt the pelvis upwards drawing the back flat into the floor.
You can leave the arms by your side or clasp them under the body slightly rolling the shoulders under and opening the chest.
With the in breath lift up the pelvis.
You need to push your feet into the floor and lift the chest towards your face giving a deep arch in the upper back.
Keep the chin tucked in to keep neck supported and straight.
While holding this pose make sure knees do not wonder off the straight line on the hips.
While pushing away with the feet your chest should be working its way towards the back wall.
Looking down your body you want a straight line do not let the bottom sink.