Yoga and gardening: two of the most relaxing ways to pass the time. One lets you relax and forget about your stress; the other is an excellent way to connect with nature.
It just makes sense to try and combine the two.
At first glance, you wouldn’t think yoga could have any place in the garden. How are you supposed to dig your fingers into the soil if you’re too busy saluting the sun? However, once you think about it, a few of those poses you learned in class could be useful outside, couldn’t they?
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#1: The Squat Pose
Use this pose if you feel a tension in your lower back after a long day in the garden, but avoid it if you have knee issues.
Place your feet a little wider than shoulder width apart and squat down. Your heels should be firmly on the ground, so if they’re not, stand back up and adjust your feet. Keep your back straight and your shoulder blades together to ease the pain from misalignment.
This pose is ideal for work that doesn’t require you to move from your position much. If you need a little more motion, consider…
#2: The Extended Side-Angle Pose
This pose still has you stay in one spot, but with an increased reach. With this and a little back pivoting, you have an almost 360-degree workspace!
Place your off foot behind you, perpendicular to yours. Then, slowly bend your dominant leg until your knee is at a 90-degree angle. Your off arm goes on the bent leg for more stability, and voila!
You don’t have to keep your off arm on the bent knee all the time, but be aware of your center of balance. Wouldn’t want you to face planting in the fennel, after all.
#3: The Hero Pose
The quintessential gardener pose, it is again best to avoid this one if you have knee issues.
There aren’t any special instructions for this one: all you do is put your legs together and kneel on the ground. Make sure to keep your back straight if you’re leaning forward to reach for some stubborn dandelions, though, and get an old blanket or a folded yoga mat if it becomes uncomfortable.
#4: The Wide-Legged Forward Bend
If you have to do several minutes of weeding or trimming, this pose is the best, even though it might look a little silly.
Put your feet far apart from each other, like an upside down Y, and hinge forward on your waist to reach the ground. Keep your back straight, your knees bend, and your shoulder blades together to protect from pain. Your abdomen should remain firm to keep you standing, so keep that in mind as well.
Experience tranquility and exercise your green thumb! Using typical yoga poses to stop the aches that come after seems very simple, but a lot of people haven’t figured it out. They go about planting bushes and nurturing, but once they get back inside, their backs and knees start aching from work.
This travesty can ruin an otherwise perfect day, and that only cannot stand, so be sure to spread the word.