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4 Silly Poses Guaranteed to Make You Smile


BY Coral Lee (https://yogainternational.com/profile/123419)

ON August 11, 2015

Chances are, youre reading this at a desk; your eyebrows are probably
furrowed, shoulders creeped up by your ears. You're ghting your late-night
chocolate cravings with carrot sticks (nature's candy, right?).
You may have just typed LOL without actually laughing out loud.
Its okay to be a serious person (and to take your practice seriously); but, for
seriousits okay not to be all the time.
We know you know all the good that yoga can doits stress-relieving
(https://yogainternational.com/article/view/proof-that-yoga-works), hearthelping (https://yogainternational.com/article/view/new-study-highlightsyogas-cardiovascular-benets), muscle-building
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(https://yogainternational.com
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Try throwing in oneor


all, you playful yogi,
you!of these poses into
your next practice;

how about the less serious benets,

wherever, whenever,

like simply allowing yourself to stop

howeverdont think

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about it too much.

the-present-moment-one-includeschocolate), breathe, and take yourself less seriously? Try throwing in oneor
all, you playful yogi, you!of these poses into your next practice; wherever,
whenever, howeverdont think about it too much.

Dancing Cockroach
Start in navasana (boat pose) with your shins parallel with the ground, slowly
lower your back toward the groundstill keeping your shoulders, neck, and
head lifted! Exhale to engage the core; reach your left hand toward your left
foot, simultaneously swaying to the left and shifting weight into your left
hip. 9en begin shifting to your right hip, reaching right ngers to right
ankle. Sway back and forth; dance it out while heating up those abs!

Rocking Boat
Come back to an upright, parallel-shin boat pose. Separate your legs so that
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you can reach your arms between and either grab hold of the outsides of
your ankles, or bind your big toes. Balance on your sit-bones, and sit tall. You
can keep knees bent, or extend your legs toward straight, but continue to
lengthen through your spine. Inhale to stay, then, on an exhale, draw your
belly back, round your spine, and rock back onto your shoulder blades (but
not your neck or head) Inhale, rock back up to seatedsee if you can put on
the breaks and balance (yes, really!), lengthening through your spine. Exhale,
round and rock back again. Try 5-10 rounds. Challenge a friend to rock and
roll with you! Are your abs sore because you're movement is so slow and
controlled, or because you're laughing super-hard? No one knows for
certain.

Tree in the Breeze


Start in tadasana. Grounding down into both feet, begin to slowly shift your
weight onto your left foot. Lift your kneecaps up your legs, engaging your
quadriceps. Place your right foot at the inside of your left ankle, calf, or inner
thigh. With hands on hips, inhale to broaden your collarbones and lift your
chest; keep that expansion as you exhale. Find your drishti (focal point); and
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once you feel stable, bring your hands to heart. Once stable there, blossom
your arms up overhead, palms facing each other, opposite pinkies reaching
for each other. Keeping your standing (left) leg engaged, begin to sway your
arms side to side overheadlike a tree in the breeze. Maybe there's a crazy
gust of wind that even knocks you over!

Happy Baby
Youre familiar with this one, Im sure, but try coming into this pose
(https://yogainternational.com/article/view/the-mythology-behind-anandabalasana-happy-baby-pose) like its your rst time. Breathe into the sensations
in the hip exors; note what it feels like to have the bases of your feet in your
hands. As you inhale, stretch one leg out; switch legs with your exhale. Let
yourself roll around; relax your jaw, your eyebrows; smile! Have you been
acting too adult in your happy baby pose?

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