Gardening can be a surprisingly labor-intensive task. As I’ve grown older, I find that I don’t have as much strength and endurance as I used to. This is especially because I underwent a major operation. However, I didn’t want to stop gardening. My therapist suggested doing yoga before I start with my garden work. I did, and it worked.
Here are different yoga poses that I do every morning:
Half Forward Bend
In this pose, you have to keep your feet and hip distance. Extend your spine and keep your shoulder blades together. Then, hinge forward. Your knees should be kept soft, so you won’t hurt your back.
Extended Side-Angle Pose
This is great for stretching your back, legs, and the sides of your body. Extend your arm while you stay low. The key is to place the bottom of your arm on the inside of your leg so that your bent knee will not collapse inward.
To release the tension from your lower back, you need to take your feet as wide apart from each other. Keep your heels on the ground. Your spine should be straight and your shoulder blades at your back.
This is another yoga pose that can help you with your knee problems. It’s simple to do. You only have to sit in a Japanese style. Lean forward while you keep your back straight.
As you’ve noticed, these yoga poses are gentle and only require slow movements. I am particularly wary of poses that are uncomfortable as I don’t want to end up damaging my body instead of healing it. If you want, you can always enroll in a yoga class. An instructor will be able to guide you better on how your poses should be. You can also do the yoga poses after you’re done with your gardening work.
If you have more time to do longer yoga sequences, it is better if you do so.