My Life in Culture: Costume designer Clíodhna Hallissey
My Life in Culture: Costume designer Clíodhna Hallissey

Sarah Finnan

CMAT at Fairview Park review: A spiritual experience
CMAT at Fairview Park review: A spiritual experience

Sarah Finnan

This waterfront property along the Wild Atlantic Way is on the market for €895,000
This waterfront property along the Wild Atlantic Way is on the market for €895,000

Sarah Finnan

Real Weddings: Anouska and Eoin’s chic Dublin city wedding
Real Weddings: Anouska and Eoin’s chic Dublin city wedding

Shayna Sappington

How to harness the courage to change careers
How to harness the courage to change careers

Niamh Ennis

All the cool girls are wearing quilted jackets this summer
All the cool girls are wearing quilted jackets this summer

Sarah Finnan

This Dublin home has been given a makeover full of warm tones and inviting textures
This Dublin home has been given a makeover full of warm tones and inviting textures

Megan Burns

Irish Design Spotlight: Tory Long
Irish Design Spotlight: Tory Long

Sarah Finnan

Hotel review: Add Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa to your holiday hit-list
Hotel review: Add Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa to your holiday hit-list

Shayna Sappington

This Dublin city centre apartment has been filled with colour and character
This Dublin city centre apartment has been filled with colour and character

Megan Burns

Image / Editorial

3 Yoga Poses for Happiness


By IMAGE
29th Dec 2015
3 Yoga Poses for Happiness

We enlist the help of Irish yoga extraordinaire, Valerie Kent, to school us in the art of happy yoga poses, as part of our ‘Get Happy’ campaign. Follow her tips below and ‘feel the happiness flow’…

A regular yoga practice can help to elevate your mood. But sometimes we need a quick happiness boost. Try this simple 3 pose? sequence to give you a little lift any time of day.
Before you start to move, take a few moments in a comfortable cross legged seat (Sukasana). Connect with your breath. Observe yourself without judgment. Allow yourself to soften. Set a simple intention to open yourself to happiness. Ideally warm up with a few rounds of Sun Salutations.

1. Downward Facing Dog?( Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Come to Downward Facing Dog. Place your hands shoulder distance apart. Spread your fingers. Ground your feet hip distance apart. Root your toes down firmly into your mat and draw energy upwards through your body. Breath deeply for 3 – 5 breaths.

Downward Facing Dog
2. Warrior II?( Virabhadrasana II)

From Downward Facing Dog, as you exhale, step your right foot forward to your right thumb. Spin your back heel to the floor. Inhale and windwill your arms open at shoulder height. Stack your torso right over your pelvis.?Ensure your right?knee is’directly over your right ankle. Soften the back of your right thigh towards the floor.?Open your collarbones, chest and hips towards the long side of your mat.?Lift from your armpits to your fingertips. Lengthen your spine with each cycle of breath. Take 3 -5?breaths here.

Warrior 2

3. Reverse Warrior II?(Viparita Virabhadrasana II)

On an exhale, keeping your legs strong and steady, float your right hand upwards with your palm facing skywards. Lean your upper body?back, opening expansively through the ribs and’sides of the waist. Allow your left?fingertips to travel down your back leg. Fill your lungs deeply for 3 – 5?breaths.

Reverse Warrior

On an exhale, cartwheel your hands to the floor either side of your right foot and step back to?Downward Facing Dog. Repeat the sequence the left side. Do as many cycles?as you need.

When you are finished, find a comfortable seat once again. Join your hands in front of your heart and revisit your intention. Feel the happiness flow!

For more, head to Valerie’s blog, PranaYoga.ie?