Revolved Chair: April Yoga Pose of the Month

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Strengthen your legs and core with April's Yoga Pose of the month:

Revolved Chair (Sanskrit:  Parivrtta Utkatasana)

Revolved Chair with Celeste

  1. With feet together, stand in Mountain (Tadasana). Engage Uddiyana Bandha (drawing the navel in towards spine) to support the back/core.  Palms at heart center, take hips back as if you’re sitting in an imaginary chair.  Knees shouldn’t go beyond toes.
  2. To rotate your Chair, take a deep breath and lengthen spine, twist from the waist up on the exhale. Take an inhale and on the next exhale, sit deeper into your Chair.  If available, place your elbow to outside of knee.  Take another deep breath in and on the exhale, twist more if your body is fine with this.  Stay in pose for 3-5 breaths.  Gaze can be wherever you’d like.

Note: You may keep hands at heart center or lengthen arms.  Another option is to make a fist with the top hand and place in palm of other hand to decrease pressure in wrist.

Benefits:  Strengthens quads/glutes/core & lengthens/rotates spine to provide more breathing room

Namaste.

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Celeste Cooper-Peel, ND, MA, MCHES, CWHC, E-RYT

Wellness Manager

Celeste has been in the science, health and wellness field over twenty-five years. She began as a research chemist with a concentration in genetics and nutritional biochemistry. After working in the medical field, she saw the need to follow a path of proactive wellness and prevention. After receiving her Masters in Health Education, she ventured into the mind/body world receiving training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Yoga. Shortly after, she received the 2003 Wellness in the Workplace Award for a large health system in the state of Virginia. In 2004, Celeste joined SAS Institute, Inc. and continues to be passionate in her position overseeing Wellness. She believes curiosity and collaboration bring insight and new ideas which bring out the best in everyone from team members to those who are making healthy lifestyle changes. Believing that the body knows how to heal if given the proper tools, Celeste earned certifications in Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, Classical Chinese Medicine and Homeopathic & Naturopathic Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathy degree in 2020. Celeste is a published author, wife and mother and practices what she preaches and teaches. She is a nationally recognized Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and has advanced certificates in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Genetics and Genomics. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with the National Yoga Alliance, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor, Certified Wellness and Health Coach (CWHC) and Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT). Follow @ccooperpeel on Twitter and Instagram.

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