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The Top 10 Foods To Try In Croatia

The Top 10 Foods To Try In Croatia

Croatia 7 MINS READ

If you’re a real foodie, then your favorite travel moments in Europe happened while you were eating. From the delicate Italian pizza and the hearty German cuisine to the soulful Spanish tapas, the Old Continent offers delicious treats that appeal to the most demanding food connoisseurs.

Aside from the most obvious gourmet destinations, such as Italy, France, Portugal, and Spain, there are also remarkable offbeat hotspots for foodies in Europe. In Croatia, for instance, food is taken with pride, and family recipes are a legacy passed through generations and generations.

Rich and varied, Croatian food is one of the must-try cuisines for those who are planning a trip to the Balkans and during your trip, you’ll find yourself filling your itinerary with famed eateries where you’ll be able to sample the most delicious flavors of the country. But, before your trip, read our comprehensive guide to learn all about this flavorful cuisine and learn what are the top 10 foods to try in Croatia.

An Overview of Croatian Cuisine

Croatian Food: Rich and Varied

A plate with blitva and grilled squid, a traditional Croatian dish.

Croatia might not be the first destination foodies consider when planning a trip to Europe. But, surprisingly enough, the country is filled with traditional eateries, offering world-class options that are sure to please the most demanding palates.

One of the first things you’ll notice about the local food when visiting Croatia is that the country’s cuisine is extremely heterogeneous, and it varies both in preparation and ingredients according to the regions. This means that every region of Croatia has its own staple culinary traditions, which are highly influenced by the location. Croatia is located on the Adriatic Sea, and the coastal region of the country is characterized by the use of olive oil, sage, lemon, orange rind, and super fresh seafood. Also, thanks to it’s proximity to Italy (Croatia shares a maritime border with Italy), Croatia was highly influenced by Roman and especially Venetian cuisine, and many Croatian dishes are Italian fusions.

Dalmatia, which is a region of Croatia that encompasses a central coast strip along the Adriatic Sea, is known for using a lot of fresh vegetables and seafood in its dishes, aside from Mediterranean ingredients such as olive oil and garlic. One of their most famous dishes is the black risotto, which is made with squid’s ink.

Another amazing spot for coastal food in Croatia is Istria, which is the largest peninsula in the Adriatic Sea. Just like Dalmatia, Istria’s food was also influenced by the Mediterranean flavors, but the difference is that Istrian cuisine is a blend between continental and Mediterranean food. In Istria, a lot of fresh seafood is eaten, aside from homemade pasta.

While the coastal regions of Croatia take influence from the Mediterranean the mainland region of the country incorporates Slavic tradition and ingredients in its food, including stuffed bell peppers, poppy seed strudel, and other ingredients that can be found in neighboring countries, such as Hungary and Turkey.

Fun Facts About Croatian Food

A man holding a basket filled wih black truffles.

Fact 1. Croatia has 7 Michelin Star restaurants: LD Terrace, Korčula; Boškinac, Novalja, Pag; Noel, Zagreb; Draga di Lovrana, Lovran; Monte, Rovinj; Pelegrini, Šibenik, and 360, Dubrovnik.

Fact 2. Istria is known for its white and black truffles, and is regarded as “Croatia’s Truffle capital”. In fact, one of the largest truffles in the world weighing 1.31 kg was found in Istria.

Fact 3. Legend says that Julius Caesar bought his olive oil from Istria, as the region is a premium olive oil producer, and named the best in the world by Flos Oleil (the world’s most prestigious olive oil guide).

Fact 4. Croatia produces some of the finest sea salts in the world, which can be found in Nin, in Northern Dalmatia.

Fact 5. About 25 food festivals are held annually in Croatia.

Must-Try Foods in Croatia

1. A Vegan Delight: Poppy Seed and Almond Strudel

strudel desert foods of croatia

If you think Strudel is for Austrians, think again. Croatian poppy seed-filled strudels fill the air with the sweetest smell you’ll ever experience. The slightly crunchy top, sprinkled with snow-white sugar, and the rich taste of poppy seeds make the strudel a perfect start to the day. Paired with a soy cappuccino from freshly ground coffee beans, nothing can beat this duo for breakfast. Our favorite place in Zagreb for the best pastries in town is Dubravica pekarnica – just make sure to be early enough to get some right out of the oven!

2. For Dairy Lovers: Pag Cheese

Croatian Pag cheeses on the shelves.

If you are a fan of natural, free-range food, Croatian Pag cheese is a must. Made from sheep on Pag island, this treat is hard, salty, and gets more flavorful with age. For cheese lovers, it may remind you of Italian pecorino. One of the peculiarities in this cheese is the strong and distinct taste resulting from the sheep freely grazing the natural herbs, like rosemary. Paški sir, as it is referred to in Croatian, can also be tasted in a variety of food tours, so do not forget to consider checking some out before going to Croatia.

3. A Croatian Elixir: Korčula White Wine

croatian wine

Croatian weather and climate are especially good for winemaking. Traditional wineries offer one of the best white wine varieties in the region. In Croatia, Korčula Island is well known for its winemaking tradition. The island is proud of its white sand beaches that offer wine drinking paired with unforgettable views. Make sure to look for the distinctive dry taste, which is produced exclusively in Croatia. Croatia’s Korčula’s forests hide two well-known wine villages, Čara and Smokvica, where the famous pošip grapes are grown. Both wines go well together with seafood, lamb, and even traditional Peka stews. You can also taste the prošek, a sweet dessert wine, to accompany dessert fruits.

4. A Croatian Speciality: Octopus Salad

croatia octopus salad with olive oil

Croatian food is said to be similar to Venetian traditional cuisine, due to the abundance and variety of seafood it features. When traveling through the coastal regions of Croatia, you must order seafood. While the best Croatian restaurants offer a wide variety of lobsters, mussels, octopus, even black ink fish foods, and others, one of the best and most distinct traditional Croatian specialties is the octopus salad. Grilled and served with fresh leafy greens, it is the perfect lunch on a hot summer day. Some restaurants even add potatoes and capers, whilst others go for cherry tomatoes. You may want to order a glass of Korčula wine to go along with your meal. This is the best way to experience some of the best food in Croatia during your journey.

5. The Iconic Dalmatian Dish: Peka

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In the winter, fish stew and hearty vegetable and meat dishes take over Croatian cuisine. One of the specialties and must-tries in case you visit Croatia in the chillier months of the year is Peka. Traditionally sauteed in a metal pot, this stew can include any kind of meat together with root vegetables. Its rich taste and full flavors come from hours of spices, vegetables, and meat simmering over an outdoor open flame. One enjoyable meal, and you’ll be energized to experience everything Croatia has to offer. Be sure to include Peka on your dinner or lunch menu the next time you’re in Dalmatia.

6. Pašticada: A Hearty Comfort Dish

Pasticada with gnocchi.

Pašticada is the ultimate Croatian comfort dish. It consists of slow-cooked meat, which is previously stuffed with garlic, cloves, carrot, and some bacon for extra flavor. The meat is salted and marinated in vinegar overnight, and it’s then roasted and cooked in a rich red sauce for 4 to 6 hours. The traditional Dalmatian pašticada is served with gnocchi or homemade pasta.

7. Crni Rižot: The Black Risotto

A squid risotto topped with three grilled shrimps.

Known as Crni Rižot, this risotto has an intense flavor, which is perfect for seafood lovers. The black risotto is made with cuttlefish or squid, aside from garlic, onion, rice, and squid ink. Crni Rižo is particularly famous in the coastal areas of Croatia.

8. Brodet: An Italian-Style Croatian Dish

Croatian style brodet with shrimp.

Brodet is a Dalmatian fish stew that is made using a variety of fishes such as dent fish, sea bass, tuna, and eel just to name a few. Famous in the coastal cities of Croatia, this fish-heavy soup can be served with polenta or bread to suck up all the flavorful sauce.

9. Fritule: A Sugary Christmas Treat

A copper bowl filled with Croatian fritules with powdered sugar on top.

Fritules are a popular sweet treat in Croatia, especially during Christmas time and Lent, which is the period before Easter. These fried dough balls are made with eggs, milk, flour, and usually contain citrus zest and rum. After they’re fried, the Fritules can be powdered with sugar and cinnamon for extra sweetness.

10. Ham: The Pride of Istria

Thin slices of ham.

You already know that Istria is famous for it’s black and white truffle and premium olive oil. But the region is also a renowned producer of ham. Cut into delicate thin slices, the Istrian ham is made from high-quality meat, which is enriched with sea salt from the Adriatic coast. Unique in flavor and texture, this ham has no adipose tissue, and the meat does not contain additives or nitrates. Another element that ensures the flavor and aroma of the Istrian ham is the fact that the meat is curated without smell, only with the help of clean air. Plus, the Istrian ham is legally protected, and it must be produced only in the hinterland of Istria.

Taste Croatia Your Own Way

Grilled squid with espargus and potatoes.

After reading our guide there is only one thing left to do: to go and experience the Croatian cuisine yourself. Aside from soaking up the sun in the best beaches of Croatia, take some time to eat your way out through the country and taste some of the best dishes it has to offer. Go to a new restaurant, be spontaneous, and keep in mind that every experience counts.

We hope you enjoyed our Croatian Food Guide. Make sure to try these incredible dishes during your next visit!

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The Top 8 Health Benefits Of Skiing

The Top 8 Health Benefits Of Skiing

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While curling up by the fireplace and hibernating are surely tempting during the winter, engaging in some outdoor fun is also a good idea. So why not take advantage of the season and plan the ultimate ski trip? After all, Skiing trips the best way to welcome the colder months and enjoy the holidays. You get the chance to go to an exciting destination, stay at a stunning resort, breath some fresh mountain air, and bond with friends and family. To gild the lily, skiing can help you sleep better and burn those extra holiday calories.

If an action-packed holiday on the slopes is what you’re looking for this year, get ready to feel healthier than ever. Here are the top 8 health benefits of skiing.

1. Strengthens Bones and Joints

A person downhill skiing in a mountain.

While you’re skiing, your knees have to endure the weight and tension from your body, especially when you glide downhill quickly. This means that every time you’re skiing or even snowboarding, you are also strengthening your knees. But it’s not just your knees that reap the benefits of this winter sport, as your bones will also become stronger as a result of the impact of bearing your weight on your legs. Not only will you be having fun out in the mountains, but you’re also going to be preventing osteoporosis and knee damage, which is one of the top health benefits of skiing.

2. Mood-Boosting Energy

A happy woman holding her ski equipments on top of a mountain.

How many times have you heard that people’s mood shifts downwards in the winter? This happens because of a few factors, such as less exposure to sunlight, and less time socializing outside. These can affect one’s mental health, and even cause Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D), which is a type of depression. And this is where skiing comes in handy as a great mood booster during the winter. While gliding down the hills, “feel good” chemicals like endorphins and adrenaline are increased, and this creates feelings of happiness and well-being. Also, while you’re outside skiing, you get more exposure to the sun, which is a natural mood-booster.

There’s one more important factor that makes mood-boosting energy one of the tops health benefits of skiing: socializing. When you’re out skiing and snowboarding, you’re more likely to meet new people and have a fun time with your loved ones, which are crucial for mental health improvement.

3. Strengthens Lower Body Muscles

A person downhill skiing in a mountain.

Skiing will put you in an almost constant squat position, which targets the lower body muscle groups. So, aside from strengthening your joints and muscles, this sport will also do wonders for your quads, hamstrings, glutes, outer and inner thighs. While skiing, you can even work on deep core stabilization, as core muscles are essential for helping you to balance. While skiing and snowboarding, you’ll surely get a bit tired, but you won’t even realize you’re getting an intense workout, as you will be surrounded by snowy mountainous landscapes.

And, if you feel a bit sore after skiing, you can always head over to your resort’s spa and have a relaxing massage.

4. Improved Sleep

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By now you already know that skiing can be a great mood booster, as it increases the production of chemicals like endorphins and adrenaline. But, aside from putting you in a great mood, skiing can help you sleep better. First, because it makes you tired, as any physical activity does. Second, because it helps you sweat all the stress and anxiety away, which is something that will definitely help you drift away to sleep once your head hits your pillow. So, after some skiing or snowboarding time on the slopes, don’t be surprised if you turn out the lights ahead of time, as better sleep is one of the top health benefits of skiing.

Tip: for maximum relaxation make sure you choose a top winter ski resort with all the amenities one may need after skiing, such as a jacuzzi and a spa.

5. Cardiovascular Health

A person running in the snow.

Your cardiovascular system will benefit not only from the high altitude you’re at but also from your elevated heart rate. Skiing is an aerobic endurance activity and, while you’re doing it, your heart is working out to deliver more oxygen to the cells in your muscles. While your heart rate is up, your body will have increased blood circulation, resulting in your muscles bringing in more oxygen and blood, which means you’ll burn more calories in less time.

Fun fact – Did you know skiing can allow you to burn up to 400 calories per hour?

6. More Water Drinking

Young woman drinking water on a snowy mountain.

Being in higher altitudes and engaging in an aerobic endurance activity means you will be breathing heavier. It may only take a little bit of time to adjust to the altitude but to stay on top of it, you will find yourself wanting to chug more water than usual. So don‘t even think twice about it, and keep that bottle of water nearby.

7. Indulge in Healthier Food Choices

A healthy dish made with figs, rasperies and other fruits and vegetables.

As you’re going to be burning many calories while skiing, the chances of you needing a power-up meal after you hit the slopes is pretty high. By lunchtime, you’ll feel the need to refuel, and by dinner, you’ll need another recovery meal. Naturally, you’ll feel more apt to carefully choose the food you put in your mouth. You’ll likely reach for more protein and healthy fats.

8. Improves proprioception

A group of people downhill skiing in a mountain.

Do you know what proprioception is? We explain. Proprioception is defined as an individual’s ability to feel several body parts and the efforts that go into moving them. Skiing requires this skill, as you must be highly aware of the slightest movements and positions of your body to have enough balance and coordination. So, if you want to learn how to ski like a pro, proprioception is essential. Also, proprioception weakens with age, so the more you engage in proprioceptive activities, such as skiing, the less it will decrease.

Have you noticed any of these health benefits with yourself while skiing? If you are a beginner, now is the best time to get out on those slopes and reap all of these health benefits. Whether you want to ski by your hometown or take a vacation to one of the many slopes around the world, what do you have to lose by having fun and getting healthy at the same time? 

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Why Holidays Are Important For Your Health

Why Holidays Are Important For Your Health

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You can probably agree that holidays are the absolute best. First, because going on vacation usually involves traveling, and traveling is exciting. Aside from the indescribable feeling of immersing yourself in a new culture, eating delicious food, and meeting new people, travel holidays also provide you with health benefits. When you go on vacation your body, mind, and soul can finally take a break to reset.

There are even studies proving that taking a proper vacation — where you’re not constantly on your laptop worrying about work —, is very important for maintaining good physical health, as they can decrease the risk of heart disease, improve your mental health and reduce stress.

So, if you’ve been thing about skipping your vacation days, you might wanna rethink it. Check out this post and find out the top benefits of a holiday.

Health Studies

Woman lying on the grass while reading a book.

Several studies have been done over the years to prove the positive effects that holidays have both on physical and mental health. According to a research conducted by Gallup, an analytics and advisory company based in Washington, D.C, people who “always make time for regular trips” had a 68.4 score on the Gallup-Heathway’s Well-Being Index, in comparison to a 51.4 well-being score for those who didn’t travel frequently.

There are other studies that support the idea that taking time away to go on holiday and be with your loved ones can be highly beneficial for your mental and physical health. During the annual European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress, in 2018, the University of Helsinki professor Timo Strandberg said that “Vacations can be a good way to relieve stress.” Also, a study by Gump and Matthews, in 2000, showed that not taking going on a holiday was associated with a higher risk of morbidity and mortality during a nine-year period.

Kuoni Travel and Nuffield Health also conducted a study to clinically measure the mental and physical health benefits of taking a vacation. For the research, psychotherapist Christine Webber took a group of 12 people and have them full health assessments and psychological tests. She sent a lucky half of the group on holidays to either Thailand, Peru or the Maldives, while the other half stayed at home. Two weeks after the first group returned from their holidays, both groups had undertaken more tests and wore heart monitors. No need to say that the ones who went on a holiday more sleep quality and improved blood pressures than the ones who didn’t.

The Top Benefits of Going on Holiday

1. Decreased Blood Pressure

Doctor checking pacient's blood pressure.

The study also found that the group that went on the holiday vacation had decreased their blood pressure by an average of 6%. Those who continued with their normal routine did not see any difference. Therefore, for people suffering from high blood pressure, a quick fix is to set some time aside for relaxation. Even if you take a staycation or quick weekend trip, the benefits can still help in your everyday life. Creating a habit of relaxing will allow you to add this to your routine and can aid in decreasing your blood pressure over an extended period of time. 

2. Better Sleep Quality

resting and relaxing for your health

Did you know that people can improve sleep quality by up to 17% during vacation? Yes.The research by Kuoni Travel and Nuffield Health also shown that the “holidaymakers” sleep quality improved by 34 points, why the sleep quality of the “stay-at-homers” decreased by 27 points. And this mainly happens because when you take time away from work to go travel or go on vacation, you get less stressed. Less stress also makes you less anxious, gives you peace of mind, and might lead to better sleep. And no need to say that a night of good sleep is crucial, as it determines how your body will function on the next day.

3. Healthy Heart

take a vacation for your health

In another study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh, researcher Karen Mathews studied approximately 9,000 men between the ages of 35 and 57 who were monitored for 9 years. Each of these men was at high risk for coronary heart disease. The conclusions of this research were very clear. The participants who did not take vacations annually were 32% more likely to die from a heart attack.

According to research conducted in 2005 by the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, women who take vacations less than once every two years are more likely to suffer from depression. In addition, those who do not vacation frequently are about eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or suffer a heart attack. One could make the argument that vacations save lives. 

4. Reduced Stress Levels

Woman doing yoga with her eyes closed.

An investigation done by the Arizona Department of Health Services concluded that women who take vacations frequently have fewer chances to get tense, depressed, and suffer from stress. These psychological benefits also lead to a higher quality of life also produce better work performance. By taking a break and setting time aside to catch up on reading, get your body moving, or even taking a long bath, will allow you to stay distracted from stress and anxiety. The perfect time to do each of these things is while on a holiday break. Call your friends and organize a wellness getaway that will leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. A healthier happier mind leads to a happier life.

5. Weight Loss

Woman stretching on the beach.

In case you need further convincing that vacations and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand: studies show that, aside from improving mental health, a vacation can lead to other health benefits, such as better mood and even weight loss. Another study determined that vacations can cause a drop in glucose levels, thereby reducing the risk of obesity and diabetes. Check out these tips for healthier holidays before you begin planning. Your vacation may just be the thing that changes your life. You can start making your health a priority, today, by planning a trip with Cuddlynest.

6. Increased Productivicty

Person working with colleague in fron of a laptop.

So by now you already know that taking time —long or short — for a holiday can improve your physical and mental health, reduce your stress levels, help you sleep better, and put on in a good mood. But there’s more. A proper vacation time can even help improve your productivity at work.

Ernst & Young conducted internal research and found that for each additional 10 hours of vacation employees took, their year-end performance ratings improved 8 %. Plus, frequent vacationers were also less likely to leave the firm.

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CuddlyNest Introduces New COVID-19 Exceptional Cancellation Policy and Sanitation Filter

CuddlyNest Introduces New COVID-19 Exceptional Cancellation Policy and Sanitation Filter

Corona Virus Outbreak 3 MINS READ

There is a new sense of hope and optimism arising in the tourism industry. We at CuddlyNest are very excited to share with you all of the things we have been working on behind the scenes in order to offer our guests and property owners the best experience possible. 

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COVID-19 Exceptional Cancellation Policy

The safety of our guests and property owners is our top priority while we move into this next chapter. We have created a new cancellation policy that can be applied to any current or future bookings until the end of 2020. Any guest can cancel up to 24 hours before arrival, and receive their booking fee, including the CuddlyNest service fee, in the form of trip credit. This credit can then be used towards any booking until the end of 2021. Please check with the property owner to ensure this cancellation policy is applied to their property, that you have booked. We are recommending all our property owners apply this policy to their listings so that it can be applied to all bookings.

All CuddlyNest cancellation policies can be found on our COVID-19 response page

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Sanitation Filters

We will also be adding a new sanitization filter. This filter will allow guests to check if the accommodation that they would like to book has been properly disinfected in the last 48 or 72 hours. This filter can be applied to all accommodations listed on our website. See here: 

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The Travel Industry Remains Optimistic

Summer travel is becoming more of a reality than a distant dream. As countries begin to relax their lockdown and isolation measures and set new dates for opening their borders to tourism, there is an increase in both interest and movement. Governments and tourism boards are also defining clear safety measures and restrictions moving forward. Not only will this help prevent the spread of the virus, but aid in regaining the trust of travelers. 

CuddlyNest COO & Co-Founder, Ritesh Raj, is confident that the tourism industry will unite to pave the way for safe travel. “We have an opportunity to work closely together to ensure the health and safety of our entire global community,” says Raj.

We are optimistic about the future and remain confident that we are getting closer and closer to exploring the world again. While we are still encouraging all future travelers to #PlanNowStayLater, travel may come sooner than you think.  For any questions regarding our new policy and any of our other policies, please contact our support team through our website’s contact page or at [email protected].

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Yoga: The Perfect Way to Start Your Morning

Yoga: The Perfect Way to Start Your Morning

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What do you do to stay mindful and calm during periods of stress and uncertainty? Here at CuddlyNest, one of the things that help us stay connected, grounded, and mindful together is yoga. That’s why twice a week, all in different parts of the world, we get together virtually through AtréYoga Studio, to practice.

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Start Your Morning with Yoga

For this week’s Workout Wednesday, we invite our community to join us in our practice, by starting with Surya Namaskar – Sun Salutation. This is the perfect flow to start your day off on the right foot. Learn the correct positions and form for each pose provided here, by yoga instructor, Anna Paloma, and follow along on our IGTV and Facebook Watch to practice the Sun Salutation with our CuddlyNest Community. Namaste!

1. Standing Mountain Pose — Tadasana

Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Press your palms together in prayer position.

2. Upward Salute — Urdhva Hastasana

Inhale as you sweep your arms out to the side and overhead. Gently arch your back and gaze toward the sky.

3. Standing Forward Fold — Uttanasana

Exhale as you fold forward from the hips. Bend your knees if necessary.

4. Half Standing Forward Fold — Ardha Uttanasana

Inhale as you lift your torso halfway, lengthening your spine forward so your back is flat. Your torso should be parallel to the floor. Keep your fingertips on the floor.

5. Four-Limbed Staff Pose — Chaturanga Dandasana

Exhale as you step or jump back into Plank Pose (High Push-Up Pose), with your hands under your shoulders and feet hip-distance apart. Continue exhaling as you lower your body toward the floor. Keep your elbows tucked in toward your sides. If needed, come to your knees for Half Chaturanga.

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6. Upward-Facing Dog Pose — Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Inhale as you draw your chest forward and straighten your arms. Draw your shoulders back and lift your heart to the sky. Press through the tops of your feet, lifting your thighs off the floor and fully engaging your leg muscles. Keep your elbows tucked in toward your sides.

7. Downward-Facing Dog Pose — Adho Mukha Svanasana

Exhale as you lift your hips and roll over your toes, placing the soles of your feet on the floor. Your heels do not need to touch the ground. Ground down through your hands and the soles of your feet as you lengthen your spine. Lift your belly and sit bones toward the sky.

8. Half Standing Forward Fold — Ardha Uttanasana

Inhale as you step or jump both feet between your hands. Lift your torso halfway, lengthening your spine forward so your back is flat. Your torso should be parallel to the floor.

9. Standing Forward Fold — Uttanasana

Exhale as you fold your torso over your thighs. Bend your knees if necessary.

10. Upward Salute — Urdhva Hastasana

Inhale as you sweep your arms out to the side and extend up once again. Gently arch your back and gaze toward the sky.

11. Mountain Pose — Tadasana

Exhale as you come back into Mountain Pose. Bring your hands into prayer position.

Repeat this sequence five times for a full practice.

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