Not everyone can pop into a split!! So how do you accomplish this?
1. Bend your knees. That's right! Don't force your stretch. This can cause your muscles to tense and actually resist the stretch; delaying your progress.
2. Focus on ONE stretch at a time. Take time to breath into each stretch and even gently rock back and forth. Your ideal 'hold' time for a stretch is 15-30 seconds at a time. Let's consider that 1 repetition.
3. Consistency is key. I challenge you to 10 reps a day for 10 days. Feel free to send us photos on your before & after progress.
For more safety tips click here: https://yogainternational.com/article/view/3-safe-stretch-rules
Peppermint is a cure all that dancers should have on the ready both in oil form as well as tea. If you're not a tea drinker try Harney & Sons Peppermint Herbal Tea mixed with Honey and Vanilla Almond Milk Cream. Why?
Well, first of all your internals. Peppermint when ingested helps ease stomach and digestive issues as well as cramping. For headaches, peppermint opens up the blood vessels that become restricted. Headaches and pain relief can be treated with a combination of ingested peppermint tea and topical or aroma therapy peppermint oil. When placing oils on the body, always mix with a carrier oil such as coconut oil to ensure no adverse reactions or burns occur. Also, take care in ensuring the oil does not go towards the eyes.
Balance can prove to be most difficult, especially as we age. However, as essential as eating well, we must find time to practice. Here are some simple tips and tricks to practice your balance for anyone. Feel free to practice and include your dancers in this time! https://youtu.be/cpE86mJoFRo