Here’s a mini sequence to ease tension in your fingers, hands, wrists and forearms, to strengthen your low abs muscles, and to give your hamstrings the opportunity to let go. Hope it brightens your day!
Do each pose for five to eight breaths (or five to eight breaths on each side, if it’s asymmetrical). Do five to eight rounds of abs.
Never stretch into pain. Take care of your body. If you’re pregnant then skip the abs exercise and don’t do anything that doesn’t feel right.
Take three deep breaths, focussing on the sensation of breathing.
Gentle stretch: Wrist Stretches
Abs exercise: Twisted Root
Something zingy: Down Dog
How to do it: Begin on all fours. Inhale and lift the back of your heart up to the sky. Exhale and wrap your shoulder blades towards your armpits. Relax your neck. Tuck toes under and straighten your legs, lifting your hips up. Have a tiny bend in your elbows, to protect your joints. Tweeze the elbows in, just a little, then relax your neck again. Stay for five to eight breaths, breathing into the stretch, and then bring knees down and sit up.
Final relaxation: Lie on your back in a warm place for at least a minute and let tension drain from your body.