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Yoga In Your Roza With Salina Taqi – Part 2

We spoke to yogi Salina for her poses and flows in the month of Ramzan



By Mishayl Naek

How are those rozas going? We hope you tried our first week’s Yoga Flow and are itching for a new one! In case you missed it, Salina Taqi, the yoga guru and juice queen, has created a yoga practice specifically designed for Ramzan. Women’s Own will be sharing the flows on a weekly basis.

She recommends practicing the flows right when you wake up, an hour before iftaar or then 2-3 hours post iftaar. Each pose should be initially held for 5 breaths and then can go straight into the yoga flow as she has shown in the video. Each pose and flow has been designed to alleviate muscle ache, release toxins and bring attention to your breath.

Yoga flow week 2

Start in table pose, which is on your hands and knees with your palms flat and under your shoulders and knees under your hips. Move in Downward Dog and flow into Warrior 1.

Warrior 1

Develops your concentration and balance. It also improves circulation and respiration and energises the entire body.

  1. Bring your right foot forward and point your right toes forward so they’re facing the mat.
  2. Pivot your left foot inwards at a 45-degree angle.
  3. Put your weight into your back left heel and keep your leg straight.
  4. Breathe and bend your right knee over your right ankle. Your shin is now perpendicular to the floor and you are rooted down through your ankles.
  5. Reach your arms up and keep them straight. Your palms and fingers are engaged and reaching up. Lift through your chest, keeping chest and hips facing forward.
  6. Hold for 5 breaths.
  7. Exhale and move into Warrior 2.

Warrior 2

This pose increases stamina, relieves backaches and stimulates healthy digestion.

  1. Now turn your torso in line with your hips and bring your arms down parallel to the floor.
  2. Reach out from your fingertips and keep your gaze forwards.
  3. Hold for 5 breaths.
  4. Exhale and move into Triangle pose.

Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

This pose helps relieve lower back pain, stress, and sluggish digestion.

  1. Straighten your bended right leg and press the left hips out to the left as you slide both arms to the right parallel to the floor and aligned directly over your legs. Keep your palms facing down and reach actively from fingertip to fingertip.
  2. Take a breath and when exhaling, reach out your right hand in the same direction as your right foot. Shift your left hip back so your tailbone and pelvis tilt toward the wall or space behind your left foot.
  3. Now fold at your right hip and keep your right ear, shoulder, and knee on the same plane. Your right hand drops down towards your ankle and your left hand reaches up. Make sure your torso doesn’t drop forward!
  4. Your left palm turns forward and your fingertips reach toward the sky.
  5. Rest your right hand on your outer shin or ankle. If you are more flexible, place your right fingertips or palm on the floor to the outside of your right shin. Align your shoulders so your left shoulder is directly above your right shoulder.
  6. Gently turn your head to gaze at your right thumb.
  7. Hold for 5 breaths.
  8. Return to Warrior 2 and enter Extended Side Angle.

Extended Side Angle

  1. Take a breath and on the exhale, lower your right arm so your forearm rests on your right thigh.
  2. Reach your left arm up towards the ceiling and reach your arm over your head. Your left bicep is over your left ear and your fingertips are reaching in the same direction as your front toes. Keep your chest, hips, and legs in one straight line, extended over your front leg.
  3. Turn your head to look up at the ceiling
  4. Hold for 5 breaths.
  5. Exhale and move back into downward dog.
  6. Repeat all the steps for the LEFT side.

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