31 Days of Yoga!
Is yoga a daily part of your life yet? If not, January, the time of resolutions and fresh starts, is a great time to make it so. And if it already is, how about trying something new? For January, I am proposing “31 Days of Yoga”. You can go to a yoga class every day, do a yoga video every day, practice at home/work every day, or mix it up for 31 days – its up to you!
Here’s how it works: keep track of your yoga for 31 days in any format you like, for example, a written journal, a photo diary, or just a simple check mark on your calendar, then show me or email me some evidence that you participated for 31 days by February 15. Everyone who participates will get their names into the prize drawing. Oh yea, did I mention there will be prizes? Even my remote students can participate!
I will be posting home practice sequences, video links, even some live video feed and other fun stuff on this page and on my Facebook page.
Interesting sequence to move into Sarvangasana/Shoulderstand and an interesting use of the chair! Do what you can of the sequence.
Spent most of today in an Anatomy of the Shoulder workshop with Roger Cole. Here is a great article by him from Yoga Journal about Sarvangasana (Shoulderstand).
A lot of people are expressing feelings of anxiety and stress these days. Here's a sequence for relieving anxiety. Do the poses that are available to you, skip the ones that aren't.
A practice to work on clear boundaries, using yoga philosophy (yamas and niyamas) and poses.
Another storm has kicked up tonight and rain is pelting my windows. The lights have flickered a few times. Seems like a perfect time for some restorative poses! Here is a nice practice from Marla Apt. Do the poses you can.
Here's a gentle practice for your daily practice today.
Here's a sequence that will help you learn the Sanskrit names! Use props as needed.
Relieving depression with yoga. Do the modifications if you can't do the full poses.
Here is a video to help with kyphosis. This could also help with tight shoulders and upper back.
Here is a chair yoga class for people who need to do yoga sitting in the chair. These could also be done at work by students who have desk jobs.
Its that time of year with people getting ill and the rest of us trying to dodge getting ill! Here is a video for boosting immunity.
Ah.... another unscheduled day off due to mudslides and downed trees on my commute route! Has the winter weather effected your daily routine? What yoga practice helps you to re-gain/maintain emotional stability? This sequence for emotional stability that Mr Iyengar published in his book Light on Life was just what I needed today. Modify the poses as needed, skip the ones that are not available to you.
If you are feeling too busy to do your yoga practice today - take 5 minutes to do a simple legs up the wall. No props necessary except the floor and a wall, and maybe a blanket under your head for comfort.
Getting ready to drive to my classes today and the road was blocked by a mudslide due to the heavy rains we had yesterday. I ended up cancelling my classes or getting subs and taking a "snow day". Working on balance through yoga has helped me deal with these kind of life events that throw me off balance. Here's an easier sequence to work on balance. And here's a little more challenging sequence for working with balance in a different way!
Do you still feel like you are coming back from the holidays? Some teachers out there might just be going back to work tomorrow. Here is a nice all over sequence with cute drawings to inspire you. Do the poses you can. And if you like the drawings, check out Teeny Tiny Om!
Check out this video sequence that is appropriate for beginners, though intermediate students can use it as well. This one you can practice along with! Here is something to watch for inspiration - BKS Iyengar teaching a flowing practice in the old days.
“To master yoga, you must balance the energies and forces throughout the body.” BKS Iyengar
Bobby Clennell does a lovely job with "Pose of the Month". Love her drawings! Here is her pose for January - Adho Mukha Virasana, often called Child's Pose. Its a great way to start a practice, or used on its own to stretch out your back and shoulders. You can check back each month for a new pose!
Here is a mellow sequence you could even do before bedtime. Use props as needed - blankets to sit on, chair for the forward bend, props for your knees, etc.
How's your daily yoga practice going? Did you go back go to work today after a long holiday break? Do you have upper back/shoulder/neck tension? Check out this website for yoga poses you can easily do at your desk, office or workplace. She also has a link to yoga for RSIs, like carpal tunnel syndrome.
Do you sit at a desk all day? Is your back stiff from the cold weather? Try this sequence of twists. Do what you can, skip poses that are too much for you.
New Year's Day - a great day to start your 31 Days of Yoga! Did you do your favorite pose or a particular sequence today? Did you go to a class or special workshop? For inspiration, here is the basic sequence from yesterday's Energizing workshop I taught. Do the whole sequence or just parts of it as you like, add props or variations as needed. Do the standing poses 2-3 times each side.
-Supta Padangusthasana I & II/Reclining Big Toe Pose I & II
-Virabhadrasana I, II & III/Warrior's Pose I, II & III
-Virasana w/Baddangulyasana & Gomukhasana/ Hero's Pose w/interlocked fingers & Cow-face Pose
-Adho Mukha Svanasana/Downward Facing Dog
-Chest opener lying down on 2 block, one under chest and one under head
-Setu Bandha Sarvangasana/Bridge Pose w/2 bolsters
-Viparita Karani (could do Sarvangasana/Shoulder Stand instead)