Happy Yoga Father’s Day

By Cindi Lee – Yoga Instructor
Contributor’s Website: Cindi Lee Yoga

It is with GRATITUDE oozing from every single cell in my body that I am able to say to my dad in the flesh, Happy Father’s Day. You are the best.

I want to wish all the dad’s from one end of the earth to the other, a Happy Father’s Day month.

Perhaps you have a father or a father like figure who has been able to guide you throughout your life. If you do, you know for whatever reason, this does not happen to everyone and that you are truly blessed. Several of my friend’s looked up to my dad as a consistent father figure in their lives as well.

My dad, like many other dads, go out into the world like warriors. Dads fight the good fight and rarely complain.

Many fathers do their absolute best to provide for and protect their families.

My dad (and mom) worked tirelessly to give us a great education, reliable cars, offered us well rounded experiences, and to taught us life lessons. I had the nerve to think this came to him automatically. No, no, no, now I realize it was a choice he made on a daily basis.

My dad exposed me to all kinds of things in life from clam bakes, to air shows, and road trips, just to name a few.

I am not sure I could ever fully understand the immense amount of energy dads use to keep the vision alive they hold for their families.

Through all of life’s up and downs, it truly takes a warrior to be a great husband, a great father, and to excel in your career. A true sense of yoga at its core, UNION (one of the definitions of yoga is union).

I’d gladly give my dad the Father of the Year Award. With all that being said, the older I get the more my pops lets out all of his humanness.

Often as we grow, especially those of us in the alternative medicine world, want to push away and ignore areas of our being we do not find helpful in our evolution.

We put this expectation on our loved ones as well. At first when I realized my dad was human just like me, it was jolting! I can now thankfully take it in like a breath of fresh air.

I want all dads to know, in a world that tells you otherwise, expressing every aspect of you’re BEING is most appreciated.

I feel yoga helps assist everyone to get in touch with themselves on a deeper level, men and woman alike.

I encourage you to practice yoga asanas that bring out ALL of you. It will not serve your highest good to only work on your strength or only work on your flexibility. Practice poses that muster up your shadows, fears, confidence, and joy.

The standing Warrior poses are a great start. Warrior poses challenge your body to have a strong foundation in the legs, a strong core, flexibility in the quads, and openness in the hips all at the same time.

Warrior Two is one of my favorites, lets get practicing.

Warrior 2, Virabadrasana 11

1. With your feet together, begin standing at the top of your mat.

2. Take a big step backwards with your right leg, square your hips and shoulders to the right side of the room.

3. Stretch your left arm forwards, right arm backwards.

4. Place your right foot flat on the floor, point your right toes at a 45 degree angle toward the front of the space.

4. Very important – Back leg is strong and straight, this is your foundation. Keep your spine elongating towards the ceiling, (it may want to lean forwards).

5. Bend the front leg as much as you can, front knee and ankle in one line. Your back foot remains flat on the floor.

6. Take 3-5 deep breaths and switch sides.

Yoga Tip:

I am happy to report, dad is still practicing his yoga deep breathing exercises every morning. It is the accumulative action that creates physical and mental transformation. Dad, I am so proud of you!

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Contributor’s Website: Cindi Lee Yoga

Image Credits of yoga poses: Alex Vasilescu Photography

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