Good News: You Can Unwind, Tone, & Avoid the Gym with This Workout
Just add palo santo.
Cliché or not, you have to admit that January is the perfect time to add a new workout into your routine. Your gym is likely rammed with like-minded resolution makers, so there are extra points if said workout can be done from the comfort of your own home. Meet Amber Joliat, the creator of Toronto’s cult studio Misfitstudio and the angelic being who put together four moves that strengthen and help you unwind. Her method is addictive, which is why she garnered such a following. Just try the below moves, and you’ll see what the hype is all about.
MOVE #1: PALO SANTO
Light your palo santo, and then blow it out to create smoke. Palo santo smoke will clear residual energy and old vibrations, inviting in the new.
MOVE #2: ARM THREADS & CIRCLES
Starting on your hands and knees, inhale and lift one arm up towards the ceiling. Exhale, and thread that same arm underneath the opposite shoulder, sliding it along the floor. On the final thread, lower your arm, shoulder, and the side of your head to the floor, and stack your knees on top of one another. Place your other hand on your lower back, or lift it up to the ceiling and hold for three cycles of breath. Reset to hands and knees, and lift that same arm up towards the ceiling. Begin to move it in a large, circular sweeping motion while simultaneously moving your body down to child’s pose and then back to your hands and knees. Repeat three times on each side.
MOVE #3: LATERAL SWEEPS
Starting in child’s pose, walk both arms over to your right side, planting your right hand down. Prop yourself up on your right knee, extending your opposite leg out from the hip so that you’re creating one long line with your body. Begin to slowly circle your left arm, clearing out any tension. Do three large circles, stopping when your left arm is in line with your ear. Take a deep inhale and ground your left foot down, and then, as you exhale, sweep your left arm up and over, creating a fluid motion. Repeat three times on each side.
MOVE #4: DRAGON WAVES
Laying flat on the front of your body, set your legs hip-width apart and place your hands in line with your shoulders. Tent your fingertips, and point your elbows up. On an inhale, roll up through the spine into an extension, lifting your head last. Slowly exhale, melting back down to your starting position. Repeat three times. Each time, discover something new—a sensation, clearing, or opening—and on the final extension, add a shoulder rotation. Exhale, and touch one shoulder to the ground as you look under the opposite arm. Inhale and return to center. Exhale and repeat on the other side.
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