MPG is excited to introduce For The Love of Yoga – an instructional series led by Chalnessa Eames. Our resident MPG yogi, influencer and creator of My Fituals exercise program, she created this exclusive fitness series to keep you motivated while inspiring your practice.
Chalnessa is a self-described unconventional yoga teacher with an intense passion for getting people to move their bodies. Her mantra is simple; It doesn’t matter when you start, it just matters that you keep going. She doesn’t demand perfect technique but focusses on fostering personal growth instead.
Journey along with Chalnessa as she takes us through a series of simple yoga poses that produce targeted physical and mental benefits you can see and feel. Who doesn’t love that! An upscale, expensive yoga studio isn’t required. All you need is a clear space in your home to get started today.
Our first For The Love of Yoga series focuses on “Morning Yoga”, designed to wake up your body, mind and soul as you kick start your day and your metabolism – Namaste!
5 Morning Stretches
Start with your feet slightly wider than hip distance and squat all the way down on your mat, pressing your heels to the floor. With your hands in prayer position, use your arms to push your knees back as you move your torso forward. Breathe deeply and hold for 30 seconds.
Coming down on all fours, lay flat with your belly on the mat. Exhale and press your hands down making sure your shoulders are over top of your wrists. Straighten your arms, lifting your torso and legs off the floor, simulating a half push-up. Distribute your weight evenly between your hands and toes. Breathe deeply and hold for 15 seconds. * To modify – simply raise your torso up, leaving your legs on the floor.
From Upward-Facing Dog, tuck your toes under, press into your hands and begin to lift your hips up towards the ceiling, creating a triangle shape with your body. Spread fingers wide, press your heels to the floor and lift up through the tailbone to keep your spine long. Look towards your belly button and breath. Hold for 15 seconds.
Come to a laying position on your back, keeping your knees slightly closer than hip distance. Raise your hips up to the ceiling, as high as possible. Adjust your arms underneath your back and interlock your fingers to lock the bridge. Hold pose for 15 seconds then release by slowly rolling the spine down onto the mat. * To modify – simply keep your hands alongside your body for added support and raise your hips up off the mat to whatever height feels comfortable.
Turn over on the mat to position yourself on all fours. Spread your knees wide apart while your big toes remain touching. Lower down and rest your bottom onto your heels. Center your breath and turn your awareness inward. Hold for as long as desired.
We hope this series leaves your mind and body stimulated and energized, setting up your day for success both on and off the mat. For increased intensity, repeat this series several times in a row to build on your practice.
* If you experience any pain or discomfort during the practice, stop immediately. Never push yourself past the point of gentle tension. It is advised to consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
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