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Published on Aug 20, 2013
Did you have a hectic day? Let's calm down with a yoga stretch. I'm Samantha Clayton, fitness expert and former competitive sprinter. I'm working with Herbalife to help you achieve a healthy, active life.
Join me for a calming yoga stretch sequence that will calm your mind, and strengthen and stretch your muscles. These yoga inspired moves should help you to relax and unwind from a stressful day.
We'll start with a few cleansing breaths while stretching our arms up overhead. Take arms up overhead as you breathe in, and bring them back to heart center as you breathe out. Just breathe out all the tension and stress from the day. Five breaths should be plenty.
Now for an initial stretch—hinge at the hips as you slowly fold your body forward, take a hold of your elbows. Just hang your head down, and sway gently from side to side, releasing the pressure in your neck, in your head, in your joints.
After you get a good stretch, take your hands to the floor and slowly walk out into plank position. Find a comfortable plank position and hold. Take a deep breath in, as you breathe out, slowly come down into a tricep press. Push your hips forward, lift the head and just enjoy that stretch in your hips. This yoga pose is known as an upward dog.
What goes down, must come up, so take your pose into a downward facing dog: tuck the toes, lift the hips up, and push the heels down. Eyes should be looking behind your feet. Get comfortable in this position and take this stretch a little further—lift your leg up and then bring the knee to the opposite elbow.
Then position yourself for side plank. Heels are stacked, with your arm coming out from your shoulders. Take one arm up, lift your hips and just enjoy that stretch. Switch sides. Once you've done both sides, walk your feet to hands and come up to standing position.
Once you've come to standing, come down into quarter squat position, and take your left elbow over to your right knee, and then just open up and enjoy that stretch. Repeat on the other side.
Repeat this sequence as many times as you need to wind down. I find this very quick yoga routine clears my mind and helps me relax after a hard day. I hope you enjoy it too. For more videos, check out my Herbalife Fit Tips playlist http://hrbl.me/Herbalife_FitTips and take a look at my blog http://www.discovergoodfitness.com for motivation and fitness advice.