Your zip line adventure may still be months away, but that shouldn’t prevent you from preparing your body for total zip line domination as soon as the days get a bit longer and warmer. As we all anxiously await the first breath of spring, these few asanas will keep our bodies both limber and able. (All pose instructions collected from YogaJournal.com)
Start on your hands and knees in a “tabletop” position. Place knees directly below your hips, with your wrists, elbows, and shoulders in line and perpendicular to the floor. As you exhale, round your spine toward the ceiling, making sure to keep your shoulders and knees in position. Return to your tabletop position and repeat.
Lay on your belly and stretch your legs back, pressing the tops of the feet, thighs, and pubis firmly into the floor. On an inhalation, straighten the arms to lift the chest off the floor. Lift through the top of the sternum but avoid pushing the front ribs forward, which hardens the lower back. Distribute the backbend evenly throughout the entire spine.
Happy Baby Pose
Start by lying on your back. Exhale and bend your knees into your belly. Inhale and grip the outsides of your feet with your hands. Open your knees slightly wider than your torso, then bring them up toward your armpits. Position each ankle directly over the knee, so your shins are perpendicular to the floor. Flex through the heels. Gently push your feet up into your hands as you pull your hands down to create a resistance.