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Relax! Yoga with Michaela Aue

MIchael Aue Yoga Pose

Today we are happy to share a new series! Since I met Michi for the first time, I was amazed by her unconventional approach to Yoga and her patience to mildly talk me into it. Together with Bureau Mario Lombardo she created these videos in order to make it easy for everyone to listen into your inner guts and start your day right. Awareness is the key, so you might just begin with it now. (See “Slowing Down” for more thoughts about this topic).

Relax! Yoga with Michaela Aue

Developing a so called “Morning Routine” has become one of the most essential parts of my daily life. Rarely have I or any of us time during our busy days, to take a deep breath check in with our self and ask: “What’s going on with me? What’s bothering me and why? Is there any kind of tightness in my body that needs to be released? Where do I need to create space?” – For me Yoga and the possibility to move my body in a way that makes me feel good and at ease plays a pretty big part in that routine. Especially when I know that my day might turn into this unpredictable adventure, with so many new things and people to meet, situations to handle, decisions to be made and not knowing when I will have a minute to myself again.

As a start I would say 3 times a week for 10 minutes is all you need. Get out of bed and onto your mat and after every session you will notice some minor little changes, how your body starts moving more easily, how your mind stops racing so much, how much more space you might have in your hamstrings, or how much fun it is to tune in with yourself and your body and start realizing all these things about yourself.

Today’s 10 minute “Relaxation” session is very gentle on your body. Some cat-cows relief stress in your lower back while massaging your spine at the same time while some repetitive movement from four foot stand to down facing dog to child’s pose and all over again will wake up your entire body, gently stretch your hamstrings and give your mind space to relax as well. Runners lunge and pigeon pose help opening your hips, which gives you more mobility and a sense of lightness. In crow pose you can challenge your arm balance and your abdominal strength, don’t take it too serious in the beginning, it should be fun or hanging out in your squat position and just working on opening your hips while you are breathing is also a great way to start your day. Finishing your practice with a soft forward bend calms your mind and helps to relief any kind of stress, especially if you keep strongly focused on your breathing. Do all the movements in a way that feel good to you and don’t worry too much how you might look in a certain pose – just pay attention to your breathing and feel good!

Translation: Georgia Reeve

Michaela Aue

Michaela has been practicing Yoga ever since she was a teenager. Having practiced many different styles with many different teachers all over the world, it was not one moment in particular but the cumulation of so many moments and that feeling of being able to create space through movement, that made her decide to become a yoga teacher herself. She started teaching in 2014 and is still an avid student motivated by the deep release and feeling of expansion body and mind receive through yoga and movement. When she is not teaching Yoga, Michaela works as a PR & Communications consultant.