Channel the Power of the Eclipse With These 5 Simple Yoga Poses

Channel the Power of the Eclipse With These 5 Simple Yoga Poses I The Wander Life

Going solar.


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This Monday, August 21st, what is being hailed as the Great American Solar Eclipse will darken skies from coast to coast, stretching diagonally across the country from Oregon to South Carolina as the sun, moon and Earth all align in perfect unison. Those in this “path of totality” will be privy to the unforgettable experience that is a total eclipse of the sun, while those living outside the path will still be able to witness an impressive partial eclipse. This is the first time a total solar eclipse has been visible at all in the continental United States since 1979, and 99 years since one stretched coast to coast in 1918.

Wherever you are on Monday, Carolan Hoffman, Founder and Instructor of Washington, DC’s Hot Spot Dupont, suggests channeling the power and beauty of the eclipse through yoga:

“While the eclipse will bring a shadow over the world, through yoga, we can revitalize and replenish ourselves, bringing a sense of renewal and enlivenment – especially during a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to connect more closely with the sun, earth and moon.”

Here, Hoffman gives us (and models) a step-by-step guide on how to execute 5 yoga poses designed to harness the power of the eclipse, so you can truly go solar.

All below images courtesy of Carolan Hoffman.

1) Dolphin Pose

Dolphin Pose by Carolan Hoffman of Hot Spot Dupont I Channel the Power of the Eclipse With These 5 Simple Yoga Poses I The Wander Life

How to do it:

  • Place forearms on floor and interlace fingers, creating a triangle
  • Lift hips up, spine straight, legs straight
  • Engage abdominals and keep weight in core and forearms
  • Breathe normally
  • Release by bringing knees down to floor

Benefits:

  • Restores inner equilibrium
  • Develops balance and harmony
  • Strengthens spine, shoulders and arms

2) Boat Pose

Boat Pose by Carolan Hoffman of Hot Spot Dupont I Channel the Power of the Eclipse With These 5 Simple Yoga Poses I The Wander Life

How to do it:

  • Extend both legs out in front of body
  • Lift both legs up and extend arms to side of legs
  • Spine is straight, abdominals engaged
  • Breathe normally
  • Release by placing hands and legs back on floor

Benefits:

  • Refreshes and energizes body
  • Eliminates nervous tension
  • Revitalizes the nervous system

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3) Camel Pose

Camel Pose by Carolan Hoffman of Hot Spot Dupont I Channel the Power of the Eclipse With These 5 Simple Yoga Poses I The Wander Life

How to do it:

  • Stand on knees with knees separated
  • Place hands on lower back
  • Drop head back, lean back and grab ankles
  • Breathe normally
  • Return to starting position by slowly bringing hands back to hips one at a time

Benefits:

  • Uplifting and Inspiring
  • Boosts energy
  • Relieves back pain
  • Releases tension

4) Spine Twist

Spine Pose by Carolan Hoffman of Hot Spot Dupont I Channel the Power of the Eclipse With These 5 Simple Yoga Poses I The Wander Life

How to do it:

  • Extend left leg out in front of body and bend right leg
  • Place right hand on floor at base of spine
  • Grab right ankle with left hand and look over right shoulder
  • Breathe normally
  • Release by turning head forward and relaxing arms and legs

Benefits:

  • Rejuvenates body systems
  • Increases vitality
  • Improves digestion

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5) Bastrika (breathing exercise)

How to do it:

  • Comfortable seated position with straight spine and eyes closed.
  • Hands in loose fists at shoulders.
  • While lifting both arms straight up while opening fingers, inhale through nose.
  • While bringing arms down and making fists, exhale forcefully through nose.
  • Do 3 sets of 10 breaths

Benefits:

  • Energizes and Oxygenates body
  • Cleanses and detoxifies
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Brings peace and tranquility

About Carolan Hoffman

Carolan Hoffman, former international model, is the owner of Hot Spot Dupont – one of DC’s most popular and longest-standing yoga studios. She left a busy career in management consulting and international development to dedicate herself to support others on their path to healing through yoga. Carolan has been featured in The Washington Post, The Washingtonian, and The Huffington Post. More than an emphasis on fitness, diet or trendiness, Sudol’s goal is to help people to heal. Her students have found relief from symptoms of depression, addiction, diabetes, back pain and more. She is deeply committed to offering yoga to everyone. Over ten years ago she initiated the first free yearly summer outdoor yoga classes “Yoga in the Park” as described in The Washington Post. She offers generous discounts (30%) to populations like veterans and military service members.