Yoga started over 5000 years ago by the Indus-Sarasvati civilization in Northern India as an ancient practice. The context of yoga was spiritual development practices to train the body and mind to self observe and become aware of their own nature.
Our lives are getting busier each day and especially in times like these, we are spending more time at home. We want to make sure we have a lifestyle that encourages wellbeing for us and our family household members, it has never been so important and the home is a great starting point. Kitchen yoga makes you move more often and you feel great after it!
Yoga poses when cooking
These three poses can simply be done in the kitchen when cooking. It is a playful way to exhale at the end of a stressful day and then you can enjoy the meal you just prepared and cooked.
The Tree Pose offers many benefits to the body. It strengthens your standing leg, creates a gentle hip opener to aid in flexibility and improves your balance.
How to do the Tree Pose…
- Face towards your objective (prepping, stirring etc) and rotate your right hip open
- Bend your right knee and grab your ankle, drawing the sole of your foot up onto your inner left thigh
- Lightly press your foot into your thigh as you engage your standing quad
- Use this pose as a gentle hip opener or as a way to cultivate more balance
Cow Face Arms
The Cow Face Arms pose is a therapeutic way to stretch your shoulders.
How to do the Cow Face Arms…
- Take a clean wooden spoon or any long stirring instrument in your right hand
- Reach your arm straight up and bend your elbow, dropping the spoon lengthwise down your back
- Let your left arm hand next to your side with your palm facing back
- Bend your elbow and wiggle your hand up your spine until you can grab the head of the spoon
- Hold at this pose for eight breaths and then switch hands
Extended Big Toe Variation
The Extended Big Toe releases your hamstring and hips.
How to do the Extended Big Toe Variation…
- Face towards the kitchen worktop and draw your right knee into your chest
- Grab either the pinky edge of your food/shoe or under your calf to place your right heel on the edge of the counter for balance (obviously in an area where you’re not preparing food)
- Spin your heel forward and toes back to encourage the external rotation of your leg
- Keep standing leg straight and low, with your belly lightly lifting and engaged
- Hold the pose as you prep food for about one minute on each side
Yoga poses for the kitchen
To remind the body and mind to stay connected here are 7 yoga poses you can do absolutely anywhere, but great in a kitchen atmosphere.
- Prasarita Padottanasana – Spread feet wide apart, stretch your legs and reach your hips back as you stretch your torso forward. Then rest your head on the table with your arms folded. Breathe and quiet your mind as you connect with sensations inside.
- Parsvakonasana – turn your back to a table with your right leg turned out parallel to the table. Bend the right knee, pointing it towards the middle toes. Shift the other hip slightly forward away from the table. Lean to the right with the right arm on the table. Keep your legs and abdomen strongly active, bring your torso to the side as far as your wish. Stretch your left arm alongside your head, reaching vigorously from hand to foot, then repeat on the other side.
- Seated twist with chair – sit sideways on a chair, with your spine bolt upright and legs steady. Inhale, lift your spine and exhale, twisting towards the back of the chair. Hold for a few breaths and repeat on the other side.
- High lunge with a chair – face the back of a chair and step your right foot forward with your left foot back. Both legs need to be parallel and the back heel off the floor. Face your pelvis squarely towards the chair and hold the back of the chair with your hands. Lean forward slightly and push into the back leg, widening inside your pelvis and hips. Pull down through the back of the pelvis as your lift up in the front torso. Raise your chest, look up and expand from the top of your head all the way to the back foot. Raise your left arm and if you can manage the right arm too. Enjoy the strong and expanded pose, release and repeat on the other side.
- Parivrrta Trikonasana – use a chair and tabletop placing the chair sideways next to the table with the seat facing you. Step your left leg forward and keep both legs straight. Bring your chest forward and hips back as you place your right hand on the chair seat. Twist towards the table with your left hand pressing down into the tabletop to help empower your twist. Breathe several times, allow your body to come out of the twist and repeat on the other side.
- Shoulders and arms pulling back – Make sure you stand tall, roll your shoulders back and clasp your hands behind you. Pull your arms back to find a comfortable stretch in front of your shoulders and a supportive strength in the upper back. Take several deep breaths, finding all your inner sensations and hold the pose.
- Upward facing dog – place your hands on the edge of the table and walk your feet back. Bring more weight on to your arms, making sure you keep your shoulders back and your chest lifted. Bend your elbows a bit, bringing your pelvis towards the table with your tailbone lengthening. Move your chest forward between your arms. Look up if you can and enjoy the stretch from your chin to your toes.
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