I really couldn’t ask for a better way to start the day: a combination of peacefulness, serenity, the soothing sound of the waves, and the beautiful sandy beach of our lovely Beirut City. Our heavenly location, Ramlet el Bayda’s graceful shore and Beirut’s last remaining public beach, was the heart of our sunrise Yoga session with the lovely Diana Farhat, yoga teacher at the House of Healing Beirut. Yoga is a spiritual discipline, a mind and body practice through special breathing techniques, meditation, and specific bodily postures. It’s one of the best ways to start your day with positivity and calmness, or to end it with relaxation after a stressful and hectic day.
Check out some of our session’s bits right here…
The Tree Pose:
Slightly shift your weight to the left foot, keeping it firm to the floor. Bend your right knee and place your right foot on the inner left thigh. Press your hands together and gaze softly at a fixed point. Hold for 1 minute then switch legs.
The Easy Pose:
Take a seated position, buttocks on the floor. Cross both legs, placing the feet directly below the knees. Rest the hands on your knees or on your lap with palms facing up. Breathe deeply, ease your mind and hold as long as you’re comfortable.
Half Spinal Twist Pose:
Sit comfortably on the floor, bend the left leg and place the heel of the left foot beside the right hip (optionally, you can keep the right leg straight or bent). Place the right hand on the left knee and the left hand behind you. Twist the waist, shoulders and neck to the left looking over the left shoulder. Keep the spine erect, breath in and out gently then switch to the other side.
The Double Boat Pose:
Sit in front of your partner, knees bent, and join both of your hands. Press your feet against each other, then lift both your right foot off the ground, then the left, and begin to straighten the knees. The boat pose is a very good exercise for your abs and works on your hamstrings muscles as well.
Front Plank – AcroYoga:
A more advance partnering yoga pose is the Front Plank. AcroYoga is a practice that blends acrobatics, yoga and healing arts. It provides physical and mental health benefits, yet requires balance and high level of concentration. The Front plank is a basic AcroYoga pose where the base (person on the floor) supports the flying (partner above) with their feet (or hands and feet together).
High·Flying Whale – AcroYoga:
The High-Flying whale is another AcroYoga posture that requires a more balancing skill from the base, a deep backbend of the flyer’s upper back, and a strong connection between both partners. This pose increases strength, body awareness and trust, and please make sure to stretch well your back if you’re in a flyer’s position.
Don’t hesitate to try any of these amazing yoga poses, alone or with a partner. Be careful when it comes to partnering, and don’t forget to have fun along the way!!