Seated Yoga Guidelines
Remember toilet yoga can be done anytime you are sitting down, whether on the couch or in a chair, or especially when traveling in a car, bus, or airplane.
Be gentle on your body! Start slowly and gently, and stop if it hurts. It should feel like a good, soft stretch. Being consistent breeds flexibility and results. Pushing yourself too hard only brings injuries!
Always consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Falling off the toilet and hitting your head can be life-threatening, so if you think you can’t do the pose or you might lose your balance, please don’t try the pose, or ask for help from a friend that doesn’t mind the smell.
Have you ever felt like a butterfly while doing your business? I do all the time. Like a beautiful butterfly that flies freely in the wind, opening my heart and my bowels at the same time. LOL
Well, I call this move the Shutterfly, because it combines the sh- word with butterfly. 🙂 I know, I know, it’s extreme- but I like it.
This exercise is going to open up the hip joints and stretch out those tight “adductors,” the muscles that bring your thighs together. This is important for hip and low back pain, and to prevent the common “groin strain” injury.
Toilet Yoga: the Shutterfly
- Sit down on the toilet. Remove the pants or shorts completely.
- Lean back. Bring your ankles up to a classic butterfly position, touching your feet together.
- As you inhale, straighten and lengthen your spine. Push your belly forward and your butt bones downward and back.
- As you exhale, gently press your knees down with your hands.
- Repeat for 3 breaths.
There it is! It’s a great stretch! You’re gonna love it!
Cheers to butterflies on lazy summer days!
P.S. Alright! It may seem silly, but toilet yoga really works! Just do 1 pose for 1 minute every time you sit on the toilet. The easiest one or the one you like the most. You’re sitting there anyway! 😉
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