This week during chair and floor yoga classes, I will challenge participants to
1. use their quadriceps with yoga postures during the upcoming weeks
2. notice when they use the quadriceps muscles during daily activities
and report back either in class, on Facebook or on this blog.
What are "quadriceps" ?
Quadriceps or "quads" are a group of muscles on the front of your thigh. Quadriceps help us walk, run, squat, and kick. The quadriceps work to extend your knee which means when your knee is bent the quadriceps straighten your leg. Try sitting in a chair with legs bent, feet on the floor. Now extend (straighten) your leg and then flex (bend) your knee a few times. See if you can feel your muscles on the top of your thighs contracting.
What are some yoga postures that use our quadriceps?
We have practiced "goddess pose" during class and is a great quadriceps stretch.
More standing poses: Dancer Pose, Warrior I and Warrior II, Chair Pose
Sitting Poses: Knee Lift and extend, Knee lift and swing to side
What other poses can you think of?
What have you done this week? During what activities did you use your quads?
(Hint: Did you vacuum? Did you work in the garden? Did you pick stuff or cat up off the floor? Did you walk/jump/run?)
Please let me know how the Quad Challenge went for you.
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Note: Click on the green highlighted poses above for a description.
You may have heard of the Blue Collar Tour. It is a group of comedians who have a southern sound. Ron White is the comedian of the group I least like. His on stage persona is that of a smart alcoholic..it does not impress me. However, a saying of Ron's has been on my mind these last few days.
Ron says, "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade."
We talk about cars and other things that are "lemons," stuff that does not work as it should. Life sometimes throws us lemons, stuff that's not so sweet but is rather sour. Instead of letting the sour stuff take us over, find a way to make lemonade. To make lemonade from fresh lemons, we squeeze each lemons and combine the resulting juice into a glass. Sometimes we add a little sugar to sweeten the lemon juice taking the edge off the sourness of the juice. To make lemonade in life we look for the sweetness or the less sour that comes along with the sour. In the deep of the sour of our life it is hard to see the sweet, it is there and often is something simple or small, but it is there.
Trying to make lemonade has been a challenge at times for me, especially in the more sour moments of my life or when I forget to look for the sweet. Yet, I do find myself making lemonade.
Please share your stories where you have been able to make lemonade.
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.