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Health + Wellness: Yoga and Meditation Pairings by Profile

Health + Wellness: Yoga and Meditation Pairings by Profile

As you all know by now, we think our profiles have personalities (of course they do) and while we love having fun, we also have a more serious side and we believe that health and wellness can go hand in hand with wine. In fact having a healthy lifestyle with practices that help relax, reset and ground you, are all part of a holistic approach to taking care of yourself. So is enjoying your favorite things, including a glass of wine.

Ready to find out your profile’s favorite pose? Read on, and if you get inspired, we’ve included a full practice for you at the end.

PROFILE ONE | Butterfly

 

To match our Profile One’s vibrant, flirtatious, outgoing personality, this pose is all about relaxing, enjoying exactly where you are in any moment and going with the flow. 

To practice this pose: Sit with your spine straight, engage your core, draw in the muscles of your pelvic floor and those on the sides of your abdomen. Let your shoulders fall away from your ears, and pull your shoulder blades towards one another on your back. Place the bottoms of your feet together, engage your adductor muscles on your upper, inner thighs, engage your glutes and press your feet together. The knees should not be pushed down in this opse, just let them come to rest where they are comfortable. Just like a butterfly’s wings floating open, as you engage your thighs and glutes, those muscles will naturally pull your knees down as far as it is safe for them to go. While still pressing your heels and the outside edges of your feet together, use your hands to gently peel the inner arches and soles of your feet away from each other as if they too were wings opening slowly to the sky. Hold this pose for five long breaths.

Mediation while practicing this pose: 

Feel your sits bones sink into the floor, notice your breath coming in and out. Focus on grounding yourself internally, with the rhythm of your breath, like the quiet, slow fanning of a butterfly’s wings open and closed, open and closed, open and closed. Picture this as you breathe in and out and feel the tension leave your body. 

 

PROFILE TWO | Tree

To match our Profile Two’s oaky, golden and lush personality, this pose is all about standing tall, engaging all your senses and feeling the richness of your entire body gently swaying as you stay balanced, like an oak tree on a coastal California foothill. 

Mediation while practicing this pose: 

This pose is all about balance and being in your body. Ground your standing foot and notice where your body sways, where you are strong and focused, where you are flexible and able to sway while still standing. This pose is all about being golden, empowered, strong, rooted and able to take on the world. Picture yourself as a great tree, rooted, able to withstand storms and continue to grow. 

 

PROFILE THREE | Triangle

Balance and movement. This pose is about grace, beauty, a little bit of strength, and a little bit of sweetness, just like our Profile Three.

To practice this pose: Come to a standing position with your feet in a wide stance, toes facing the long side of your mat. Ground the four corners of your right foot into your mat and keep those toes pointing towards the long edge of your mat. Keeping the ball of your foot in place, lift your left heel and pivot it inward until it lines up with the arch of your right foot. Keeping your feet firmly grounded on your mat, draw the muscles of your legs in towards each other, engaging your upper inner thighs and your glutes. Engage your pelvic floor and draw in your outer abdominals, engaging your entire core. Keep all of that, lengthen your spine, inhale, lift your arms above your head and bring your hands together in prayer. Exhale and open your arms, bringing them parallel to the floor, palms down. Reach forward from your hips with your left fingertips as if you’re reaching for something you really want. Windmill your arms perpendicular to the floor, reaching the fingertips of your left hand towards your mat. It’s okay if your hand barely reaches your upper thigh or your knee. This pose is not about how far you can stretch, but how beautiful you know you are while you’re doing it. This pose is about knowing your grace and being fully present to it. Hold for five breaths. Repeat on the other side. 

Mediation while practicing this pose: 

Beauty, inner beauty, is where all the juiciness is, when you can tap into your own lusciousness, your own alluring self, that’s where the real beauty is and that’s when it shines through. It’s time to get a little sweet on yourself. Notice how grounded you feel, how gorgeous you are in this pose, how strong and centered. Hold for five breaths. With each breath in, fill yourself up with the beauty of yourself. With each exhale, let go of anything that doesn’t serve. 

 

PROFILE FIVE | High Lunge

Just like our crowd pleaser Profile Four, this is a gorgeous open pose, ready for anything, strong but relaxed, easy going in nature, but also powerful.

To practice this pose: Come to a standing position with your feet hip distance apart, toes facing forward. Ground the four corners of your feet and pretend you are squeezing a block between your lower legs. Draw those shins into the midline, squeezing that block and engage your upper inner thighs and your glutes. Engage your pelvic floor, draw your outer abdominals in and engage your entire core for a strong front body activation. Keeping all of that, lengthen your spine, inhale, lift your arms above your head, bringing your hands together in prayer. On your exhale bring your hands to your waste. Drop your shoulders away from your ears. Draw your shoulder blades towards each other on your back without arching your lower spine. Bend your right knee, taking your right leg to a 90 degree angle to your body, and place the sole of your foot on the inside of your left leg, either below or above your knee, just not directly on your knee. Engage your core, bring everything in towards the midline, engage your glutes, engage our inner thighs, steady your gaze and use your breath to keep your balance. Hold for five breaths. Repeat standing on your right leg. 

To practice this pose: Come to a standing position with your feet in a wide stance, toes and body facing the long side of your mat. Pivot your body and both feet to the left so that you are now facing the front of your mat with your left foot in front. Ground the four corners of your left foot into your mat and lift the heel of your right foot. Widen your stance as necessary so that as you lunge, your left knee is directly above your left ankle. Press your feet down into your mat and scissor the muscles of your legs towards each other engaging your inner upper thighs and your glutes. Engage your entire core, and keeping all of that, slowly lower into a lunge until your left knee is directly above your left ankle and your thigh is as close to being parallel to the floor as you can get it. Lengthen your spine, inhale, lift your arms above your head, bringing your hands together in prayer. As you exhale, stretch your entire spine long and arch into this backbend, opening your heart to the sky. Let your shoulders relax away from your ears and bring your shoulder blades together on your back. Pulling your core in towards your belly and your spine, engage your quads and your glutes, breathe deep and stretch your spine even longer, opening your heart even more. Repeat on the other side. 

Mediation while practicing this pose: 

Be ready for anything, play, work, invitations and surprises – good and unexpected. Open your heart and your hips to the possibilities and stay strong in your core, in your own inner wisdom and knowing. Notice the strength in your spine, how your legs ground you and stabilize you, how your heart opens and you have more room to breathe. Notice all of this and breathe this spaciousness, stability and power into the areas of your body and your life that need it most. Give yourself permission to meet the world with joy and power in equal amounts. 

 

PROFILE FOUR FIVE | Cow Face with Eagle Arms

 

A little bit of two poses put together, just like our Profile Four Five. And just like our Four Five, this pose is graceful, full of ease, but also powerful, bold and well rounded. It’s a perfect mixture of two things coming together to make a gorgeous whole. 

To practice this pose: Sit with your spine straight, cross legged, or in easy pose and engage your core, draw in the muscles of your pelvic floor and those on the sides of your abdomen. Keeping your left leg on the ground and its knee bent, gently pull or slide your knee to the right until it lines up with the midline of your body. Pick up your right leg and lie it over your left, aligning your knees with your midline and keeping your feet pointed and toes flexed to protect your knees. Let your shoulders fall away from your ears, and pull your shoulder blades towards one another on your back. Lengthen your spine, inhale, lift your arms above your head, bringing your hands together in prayer. As you exhale, keeping your hands in prayer and bringing your elbows together, lower them until your forearms are parallel with the ground. Nesting your right elbow in the crook of your left arm, wrap your arms around each other, hooking your left fingers onto the pad of your right hand, keeping your right palm flat with fingers spread wide. Hold for five breaths and repeat on the other side. 

Mediation while practicing this pose: 

This is a pose of duality and intersection. Notice where you feel ease and where you feel tension. Take five breaths here and concentrate on finding the balancing point within this counter-balanced pose and where you can bring tension in to balance in other areas of your life. 

 

PROFILE FIVE | Warrior Two

 

Our Profile Five is a deep, bold, rich and savory wine, so we’ve matched it with Warrior Two, a rich, deep, bold pose in which we can savor our power, our strength and our endurance. 

To practice this pose: Come to a standing position with your feet in a wide stance, toes facing the long side of your mat. Ground the four corners of your right foot into your mat and keep the toes of your right foot pointing towards the long edge of your mat. Lift your left heel off your mat, keeping the ball of your foot in place, and pivot your left heel inward until it lines up with the arch of your right foot. Keeping your feet firmly grounded on your mat, draw the muscles of your legs in towards each other, engaging your upper inner thighs and your glutes. Engage your pelvic floor, and draw in your outer abdominals, to engage your entire core. Bend your left knee until it is aligned directly above your ankle and your left upper thigh is as close to parallel to the floor as you can get it. Keep your core and legs engaged, lengthen your spine, inhale, lift your arms above your head, bringing your hands together in prayer. Exhale and open your arms until they are parallel to the floor, palms down. Hold this pose, arms stretched as long as they will go, triceps, wrists, fingers all strong and fully engaged. Gaze steadily forward and feel your power. Stay here for ten breaths. Repeat on the other side. 

Mediation while practicing this pose: 

Feel the burn. This power pose is all about agni (fire) creating it, containing it and using it to burn up any negative energy you’re carrying around. Tune into your feet grounded firmly beneath you and feel the power of your legs, fully engaged, steadily holding you upright, feel the strength in your core and feel the fire gathering as you hold this pose. Focus on your own power and notice where you cultivate it and where you give it away in your life. Breathe in and feel your own strength. Breathe out and release anything that keeps you from standing in your own power.

 

PROFILE SIX | Wild Thing

 

 

Free, luxurious and exciting, this pose is all about joy and exploration, just like our divine Profile Six. 

To practice this pose: Come into downward dog. Feet hip distance apart, fingers spread wide, fingertips gripping that mat, shoulder blades together on your back, elbows strong, arms pulling in towards the midline, core engaged, belly drawn into your spine, legs engaged, glutes engaged and everything pulling in towards the midline. Melt the space between your shoulder blades and breathe. Inhale, lifting your right leg to the sky, point your foot then flex your toes and make sure to hug that leg to the midline. Bend your right knee, and rotate your right hip open. Shift your weight onto your left hand and foot, and opening your heart to the sky, lift your right arm in an arc reaching behind you while dropping that right foot all the way down behind you landing on your toes. Straighten your left leg and keep your right leg bent. Keep your core super strong in this pose, and make sure your glutes and inner thighs are engaged. Open your heart wide and breathe here for five breaths. Release and come back to down dog. Switch sides. 

Mediation while practicing this pose: 

This pose is all about invitation. To your heart, to your playful self, to love and trust. As you arch into this pose and open your heart, feel the trust you have in yourself to explore, to hold true to who you are, to show up for yourself and others authentically. Breathe into your own authenticity and ask yourself, what is it I truly desire and what does it look like to live a self-led life?

 

PROFILE NINE | Goddess

 

To practice this pose: Come to a standing position with your feet in a wide stance, toes facing the long side of your mat. Ground the four corners of both feet into your mat and draw the muscles of your legs in towards each other, engaging your inner upper thighs, your calves and your glutes. Engage your pelvic floor, and draw your abdominals in towards the midline, engaging your entire core. Keeping all that, lengthen your spine, inhale, lift your arms above your head, bringing your hands together in prayer. Exhale drawing your hands down through your midline to rest in front of your heart as you bend your knees, sinking into this deep hip opener as far as you can comfortably go, always keeping your knees in line with your ankles. Re-engage your upper inner thighs, your glutes and your core. Hold here for ten breaths. 

Mediation while practicing this pose: 

This hip opening pose invites acceptance, trust, wisdom and strength. There is great power in softening, in trusting, in following our own inner goddess wisdom and guidance. Take these moments to breathe in gratitude for all of the goddesses in your life – including yourself – and the strength and wisdom they bring into to the world. 

If you would like to practice all these poses in one series, here is a full flow that integrates all the poses outlined above.

Mountain pose

Tree pose

Forward fold

Vinyasa (plank, chaturanga, up dog, down dog) 

High lunge

Warrior One

Warrior Two

Warrior Three

Triangle

Goddess

Cow Face Cagle Combo

Butterfly

Wild Thing

Child’s Pose

Savasana

Note: In between each pose on each side, move through a full vinyasa. 

You are always welcome to try all of our wines, and if you want to try them all in succession, like your poses, contact us for a tasting, or you can always switch up your profile preference each month and sample them all.  

We are all about drinking mindfully and one of the main reasons we created BOXT, besides its environmental impact (in a good way) is so that you can pour yourself however much or however little wine you want. Feel like half a glass and don’t want to open a whole bottle? We’ve got you. On that note, check out our post on ways to tap into mindfulness as you tap into your favorite glass.

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