Every Day is Yoga Day!

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Your eyes are not deceiving you. The logo above for International Yoga Day does say, and mean, June 21. “But it’s June 22,” you say. And yes, you’re right. Apologies from Daily Concepts’ team member Bekah. Due to our special Father’s Day Outing post, we’re a day late on this one. So… we’re declaring EVERY DAY IS YOGA DAY!

As a bit of background on this new annual event: (from Wikipedia)

The declaration of this day came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014[5][6] wherein he stated:[7]

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. This tradition is 5,000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

—Narendra Modi,UN General Assembly

Thus, the first day of Summer Solstice is now also International Yoga Day.

So how Daily Concepts is kicking off EVERY DAY IS YOGA DAY is with a yoga post from our favorite yogi, Marta Weiss of Yoga Naharah. We asked her for a pose that can easily be part of our everyday routine. What she’s teaching us here:

Image by Shawn Radcliffe

Image by Shawn Radcliffe

“Adho Mukha Svanasana, also known as Downward Facing Dog, is an easy, universal yoga pose that anyone can do,” says Marta. “This pose works the entire body.  It calms the mind and helps to relieve stress and mild depression. It’s energizing for the body and can relieve the symptoms of menopause. Downward Facing Dog helps prevent osteoporosis and can improve digestion.

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“Start on the floor in a table top position on your hands and knees. Have the knees directly below the hips and hands slightly forward of your shoulders. Spread the palms of the hands on your mat with the index fingers parallel or slightly turned out and tuck your toes under. Inhale.”

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“Exhale and lift your knees away from the floor. Keep the knees slightly bent and the heels lifted. Send the tailbone away from the back of your pelvis, lifting the sitting bones toward the ceiling. Roll the inner thighs toward one another and press the back of the thighs behind you. Inhale fully.”
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Then on your exhale push the heels toward the floor. Straighten the knees, but be careful not to lock them. Roll the triceps forward by externally rotating the shoulders.
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“Firm the shoulder blades and press them toward the tailbone. Keep the neck and head between the upper arms. Inhale. Breathe. Hold one to three minutes. Repeat.”
Some final words of advice from Marta, “Careful with the wrists as you can put excessive pressure in this area. Use a wedge to angle and elevate the wrists.”
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Thank you, Marta! We’re enlisting Rocco and Tala to take us through the paces each day in the Daily Concepts’ offices.
To learn more about Marta Weiss and Yoga Naharah visit http://www.yoganaharah.com/.

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