Benefits of the Circle of Joy
The Circle of Joy is one of my favorite yoga sequences because it’s simple yet extremely powerful. It doesn’t require much room and can be done in about 5 to 10 minutes depending on how many repetitions you do. I include the Circle of Joy in may personal yoga practice every day.
Some of the many health benefits of practicing the Circle of Joy regularly include:
- A sense of inner peace and calm
- Ability to remain more focused on tasks
- Improved decision making ability
- Balanced energy
- A healthier, stronger, more flexible spine
- Mobilised shoulder joints
- Stronger torso
- Improved respiratory function
- Improved digestive function
- Reduced back pain
If you are time poor but want to keep your spine and mind healthy, then try the Circle of Joy first thing in the morning and/or last thing at night. It’s easy to learn. You will be amazed at the results.
Movement of the spine
When performing this sequence, the spine moves slowly and gently through forward bends (flexion), back bends (extension), side stretches (side flexion), and twists (rotation), which helps to keep the spine mobile and healthy.
In today’s world, we rarely get to move our bodies through its full range of movement. We lead pretty sedentary lives.
If you don’t move your spine through its full range of movement regularly it may start to seize up. This means that as you age you will find it harder and harder to do the things you love doing. Movement is key.
This sequence can be easily adapted to sitting in a chair. If you would like more information on how to adapt the Circle of Joy for a chair (wheelchair or other), please contact me.
When performed correctly this sequence is meditation in motion. The secret is to move slowly, with awareness, and with the flow of your breath. There is no hurry. Slow it right down, but don’t compromise your breath. Set your own pace and feel into it by moving with each breath.
As always, when performing any form of physical exercise be very self aware and stop immediately if you feel any discomfort or pain. If you have, or are recovering from an injury or a medical condition please check with your medical practitioner before performing the Circle of Joy.
The key with any yoga pose is to move with the flow of your breath. Inhale as you open out and look up, breathing deep into your belly and expanding your ribs. Exhale as you draw your body inwards, fold forward, twist, or stretch sideways.
When performing this series keep both sit bones firmly connected with your mat or chair.
Main poses for the Circle of Joy
This sequence has 5 main poses, some of which are repeated. The 5 main poses are:
- Hands to the ceiling – lengthening – sitting nice and tall
- Push hands away from you, out in front – rounding through the shoulders
- Hands clasped behind your back – slight back bend, expanding your chest
- Side stretch – stretching your side waist
- Forward fold – lengthening the spine, stretching arms and shoulders
- Seated twist – massaging internal organs and realigning the spine
Circle of Joy eBook Tutorial
With this eBook, you will be able to learn and enjoy the many benefits of the Circle of Joy.
The eBook tutorial has been split into 4 stages. Each stage includes easy to follow instructions with clear diagrams to help you remember it. There is also a quick reference guide of the full sequence.
As an added bonus the eBook tutorial includes a link to a video recording of the Circle of Joy.
After your payment has been processed you will receive an email with your receipt and a link to your eBook tutorial. Please remember to check your Spam folder.
I trust you will enjoy learning and practicing the Circle of Joy. If you have any feedback or suggestions please contact me, I’d love to hear from you.
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