9 Poses For A Post-Summer Meltdown

Here are nine of our top yoga poses for boosting the mood when the weather (or anything else) starts to weigh heavy on us.


It's happening. Our favorite bikinis got stuffed into the back of the drawer. Last year's scarves are coming out. The beach towels ended up on the top shelf of the linen closet. The strappy sandals we've been wearing every day are getting crowded out by boots.

The practice of non-attachment can be a total bish come summer's end, but don't worry. We feel you, and we're not letting the shorter days and colder nights stop us from feeling the good feels. 

Put this playlist on and breathe deep... there's plenty to feel good about, starting with a few of our favourite mood-boosting yoga postures. If you're reading this and thinking, "I don't want to get out of bed..." well, you're in the right place.

START HERE

legs up the wall

WHAT TO DO: 

Scoot your bum against the wall and straighten your legs. Flex your feet gently and breathe deep for five minutes.

WHY?

All the benefits of an inversion, none of the effort.

lazy standing forward fold

WHAT TO DO: 

Start in mountain pose, reaching palms up to bring your arms straight overhead on an inhale, then exhale and fold. Let your knees bend so that your stomach rests against your thighs, then let your head hang heavy and hold onto your elbows. Get in a few good sways back and forth.

WHY?

It's obvious from our playground days that brains like to be turned upside-down.

cat // cow stretch

WHAT TO DO:

Get on all fours, shoulders stacked over wrists, hips stacked over knees. Start with a flat back, then inhale as you begin to arch your back, keeping your head in a neutral position. Exhale and round your spine, breathing deeply from the space between your ribs. Repeat for 10 breaths.

WHY?

Increase blood flow to the discs between your vertebrae, aka the pathway to your head.

Bonus: helps with period cramps!

puppy dog stretch

WHAT TO DO:

Start in the same position as cat & cow. Keep your arms straight and begin inching them forward. Without losing too much of the stack in your hips, lower tummy, chest, and chin towards the ground. Press into your palms and gaze forward (or stick your tongue out at the camera.)

WHY?

'Cuz it's sexy. Nothing puts us in a good mood like feelin' ourselves. 

 

camel pose

WHAT TO DO:

Come up from puppy dog onto your knees, tops of your feet flat against the floor/bed. Tailbone angled down? Hips stacked over knees? Good, now bring your hands into prayer, roll your shoulders back and start to open your chest. When the back bend feels good, ditch the prayer hands and grab your heels. Let your head relax.

WHY?

Camel gives you a wide-open heart and a sense of fearlessness as you bend backwards. 

bridge pose

WHAT TO DO:

Lie on your back, feet close to your bum, arms by your side. Inhale deeply, then exhale as you begin to lift your tailbone and press through your feet. Roll your shoulders underneath you and clasp your hands.

WHY?

Release those crunchy, tense areas in one fell swoop... Strengthen and stretch your back while lengthening and loosening your hamstrings.

shoulder stand

WHAT TO DO:

After lowering down from bridge pose, bring your knees in towards your face. Lift the hips and bring your torso parallel to the wall, supporting your lower back with your hands (fingertips towards the ceiling.) Elbows stay on the ground, shoulder width apart.

WHY?

It calms the nervous system, but unlike many inversions, you don't have to be nervous about getting into the pose *facepalm.*

plow pose

WHAT TO DO:

From shoulder stand, start to lower your legs over your head. Let the tops of your feet land on the floor and "grow" the pose by lifting through the hips and getting taller through your spine. Take five breaths.

WHY?

One last inversion before the big finale.

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reclined bound angle pose

WHAT TO DO:

Unroll from plow pose, lowering slowly onto your back. Let your knees fall open and bring the soles of your feet together, then scoot your heels in towards your pelvis. Place one hand on your tummy and one on your chest. Feel your breath rise and fall.

WHY?

Let the effects of practice wash over you in this restorative stretch. You made it.


Thanks to Allie for demo-ing!