If you’ve been following my social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest) then you may have noticed the pictures I posted doing yoga poses all over the Maritimes and northern Ontario this fall. With fall in full swing, I’m preparing for the winter to come. My 10 days of yoga challenge helped me to calm the mind, relax the body, and warm the heart in preparation for the coming winter season. From flying as far north to the Hudson Bay or walking along the Atlantic Ocean in Nova Scotia, my fall season brought me to incredible places in eastern Canada and in Ontario’s northern region. What are your favourite fall memories?
Here is the summary of my fall highlights–in yoga postures.
Day 1- Warrior III – Virabhadrasana III
Be a fierce warrior!
Where: Halifax, NS, CA
What: Posture of the fierce warrior
Benefits: Strengthens the ankles, legs, shoulders, muscles of the back, tones the abdomen, and improves balance and posture.
Day 2- Yogi’s squat – Malasana
Where: Magnetic Hill Winery and B & B, Moncton, NB, CA
What: A pose to bring on calm
Benefits: Tones the entire lower body, utilizes complete range of motion, strengthens the lower back and core, helps with digestion, and clears the mind.
Day 3- Reverse Warrior (also known as Sun Warrior or Peaceful Warrior) – variation on the traditional virabhadrasana 2 (warrior 2 pose)
Let the sun shine on your face, be open, and let go!
Where: Hersey Lake, Timmins, ON
What: A pose to add movement and fluidity
Benefits: Opens the side body, helps expand and open the upper body to make space for deeper inhales, and cultivates a calmer mind and a more connected state of being–full awareness of our movements on the mat.
Day 4- Warrior Pose II – Virabhadrasana 2
Balance with effort and ease !
Where: Rainbow Lake, Timmins, ON
What: Named for a fierce warrior, Shiva
Benefits: Improves balance, builds strength: legs & ankles, stretches: groins, chest, lungs, & shoulders, stimulates abdominal organs, increases stamina, relieves backaces, and has therapuetic properties for carpal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, infertility, osteoporosis, and sciatica.
Day 5- Tree Pose- Vrksasana
Stand strong and confident!
Where: Gillies Lake, Timmins, ON
What: Foundation pose
Benefits: Strengthens: thighs, calves, ankles, and spine, stretches: the groins and inner thighs, chest and shoulders, improves balance and stability, helps to ground and root through the legs, and relieves sciatica and reduces flat feet.
Day 6- Eagle Pose- Garudasana
Get twisted to unwind!
Where: Lynx Lake, Timmins, ON
What: Stems from the myth of Garudasana’s name, Garuda, translated as “eagle,” but is a mythical bird in the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Garuda is the king of birds.
Benefits:Loosens and strengthens: ankles and hips, loosens wrists and shoulders, releases tightness between shoulder blades and across sacrum, cultivates confidence, and strengthens legs.
Day 7-Extended Sides Angle Pose – Utthita Parsvakonasana
Reach for the moon!
Where: Sudbury, Ontario – Dynamic Earth – Home of the Big Nickel
What: As stated on Yoga Journal, (oo-TEE-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna)- utthita = extended, parsva = side, flank, kona = angle.
Benefits: Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees, and ankles, stretches the groins, spine, waist, chest and lungs, and shoulders, stimulates abdominal organs, and increases stamina.
Day 8-Triangle Pose- Trikonasana
Expand the mind & body!
Where: Moosonee, Ontario
What: Elegant powerful pose- stability, balance, expansion, steadiness, and evenness
Benefits: Strengthens the legs & feet, expands the torso, stretches the arms and legs, and cultivates stamina (evenness) in the body.
Day 9-Side Angle Pose – Parsvakonasana
Find joy wherever you are!
Where: Peawanuck, Hudson Bay, Ontario
What: Stretches the entire body while focusing the mind
Benefits: Builds strength, stability, and lengthens the side body
Day 10- High Lunge, Crescent Variation – Crescent Pose
Open your heart to give and receive love!