5 Yoga Poses That Make You Say Goodness Me

Goodness Me Festival takes place at Riverdell Spiritual Centre (Adelaide) 18-19 March.
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The inaugural Goodness Me Festival is a two-day beacon of inspiration offering a stack of live music, alongside dancing, yoga, and meditation workshops this weekend.

Situated just 45 minutes from Adelaide's CBD at Riverdell Spiritual Centre surrounded by ancient red gums, the music line-up at Goodness Me is headlined by Kim Churchill and Michael Dunstan; while there's plenty of local talent to acquaint yourself with: Erin Buku, Tim Moore, Veray Music, Vinay Desai Santoor, Rhee Armfield and Kirtan with Shantarasa.

Those looking to embark on journeys into spirituality and wellness for the first time will have a raft of options to indulge. Enjoy workshops encouraging new experiences, learning and discovery at the World, Mind and Body stages.

Discover the techniques of meditation, NLP and reiki, and enjoy sound and energy healing, cacao ceremonies, and group yoga.

Here Paula McMahon, the Marketing Coordinator for Riverdell Spiritual Centre & Goodness Me Festival, shares five yoga poses that'll make you say goodness me!

"Yoga is an ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practice originating from India that offers a wide range of benefits for overall well-being.

"With its dynamic blend of physical exercise, mental focus, and spiritual awareness, yoga is a fantastic way to improve your flexibility and strength, reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance your cardiovascular health and mental clarity.

"By incorporating yoga into your routine, you'll find yourself feeling stronger, more relaxed, and more balanced in both mind and body. Try it out and see why so many people have fallen in love with yoga."

Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)

Tight hips and a lack of mobility within the hips? A low lunge increases flexibility in the hips and legs, and opens through the chest, thighs, and hamstrings.

Overall, the low lunge is a dynamic and invigorating pose that can help improve flexibility, strength, and balance, as well as calm and energise the mind. Try leaning into the lunge while pressing the top of the back foot into the mat.

Child Pose (Balasana)

Ground down while you stretch your hips, thighs, and ankles. This pose calms the mind and improves digestion. It relieves stress and tension while bringing in a sense of grounding.

Child pose is a gentle, restorative pose that can be helpful for those looking to relax and de-stress. Perfect to spend a minute or two in at the end of a long day.

Pigeon pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)

Pigeon pose opens the hips and lower back, and relieves sciatica pain and other lower back pain. This pose brings a sense of grounding and stability. This pose is perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time sitting.

Finding space back in the lower half of the body, moving into parts of the body that may have gone a little untouched. Here we lengthen the glute medius, piriformis and hip flexors.

Yogi Squat (Malasana)

Drop it low as you improve digestion and realign the spine. It stretches hips, ankles, and groins. Increases circulation to the digestive and reproductive systems, and eases lower-back pain.

Dangling Pose (Uttana Shishosana)

Let your head hang as you stretch the back side of the body, and lengthen the spine, neck, and hamstrings. Dangling pose is a gentle inversion that improves spinal flexibility and alignment. Not only does it lengthen, but it also massages the abdominal organs, improves digestion, and calms the nervous system.

Goodness Me Festival takes place at Riverdell Spiritual Centre (Adelaide) 18-19 March.

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