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Garland Pose Benefits

Garland Pose Benefits

Malasana aka (Garland Pose) stretches the thighs, groin, hips, ankles, and torso. It tones the abdominal muscles and improves the function of the colon to help with elimination. This pose also increases circulation and blood flow in the pelvis, which can help regulate sexual energy.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Come to stand with your feet about mat's width apart.
  2. Bend the knees and lower your butt toward the floor to come into a squat.
  3. It's natural for your toes to want to turn out and that's OK, but don't overdo it. Eventually, you're working toward keeping the feet closer to parallel.
  4. Take your upper arms inside your knees and bend the elbows to bring the palms together into anjali mudra (prayer position).
  5. Try to bring your hands to your heart center with the forearms parallel to the floor, allowing the pressure of your elbows to open the knees slightly.
  6. Keep your spine straight, your butt moving toward the floor, and your shoulders relaxed away from your ears.
  7. Stay here for five breaths, then straighten the legs to come out. You can come directly into a Forward Fold if you like. 
  8. Try repeating the pose three times to take full advantage of getting warmed up. If you are practicing at home, it's fine to do some other poses in between your squats. gym, Mcallen, rgv, crossfit, health & Wellness

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