To start 2019 I have chosen a forward bend which if practised with patience is calming and centring. Mentally when we do this asana we are leaving the past behind, so highly appropriate for the commencement of a New Year.
Padangusthasana helps prepare the yogi for the forward folds that occur later in class by stretching the hamstrings and calves, and strengthening the thighs. Like all forward bends, this pose has a soothing effect on the mind which helps to relieve stress and anxiety. Additionally, the gentle pressure of the abdomen against the thighs stimulates the liver and kidneys and supports improved digestion.
Begin standing in Mountain. Circle the arms overhead as you inhale. As you exhale fold, keep the knees bent if you need to. Really allow the upper body to relax and flop over like a rag doll. Take 3-5 deep breaths here before circling the arms and rising back into Mountain on an inhalation. Repeat 3-5 times.