Yoga… can be experienced in so many ways… manifested in so many gestures (postures)….. described in so many different words ?
What is yoga to you?
This is a short yoga sequence focusing on the core. Rectus abdominus, transverse abdominus, external and internal obliques serve a very important purpose in all types of movements. Strong core also means healthy spine. So hop on the mat, move with awareness and connect with your breath. Enjoy your practice, enjoy your body ?
Flexibility or strength? Which is your main challenge on a yoga mat?
For me it was always the second. I remember my first few months of yoga practice when I couldn’t understand how people were able to come to chaturanga dandasana (four-limbed staff pose) without collapsing on their faces. I wish I’d recorded my whole journey with this pose because I honestly thought at some point that I’d never be able to do it.
It’s an integral part of my everyday practice now and it simply feels good to have a stronger body. I’m using and challenging the muscles that have been neglected for a while and it’s a good feeling to find more strength and feel my upper body really active ?
If this pose is a challenge for your body as well, try this simple exercise….. and enjoy your journey !
Another short video to help you in your home practice.
Let’s think about our spine more often, not only when it hurts. Let’s get into the habit of moving it regularly. Few minutes a day will do, either in the morning to awaken the body or in the evening to stretch the back after the long busy day. It’s easy, no experience is required. Listen to your body, find more space when you start flexing and extending your spine. Allow the breath to guide your movement. Enjoy !
By the request of some of my students here is a gentle 15min morning vinyasa yoga sequence to start your day and get the juices flowing ? This is a gentle yoga practice for all levels, take it easy, tune into your body, into your breath, notice how you feel and let your breath and your body guide you through this practice. Enjoy and have a lovely day!
This is a simple sequence of yoga poses that anyone can do. You don’t have to be experienced, you don’t have to be young, fit or flexible to try it. And you can really benefit from 10-15 min of regular yoga practice. Keep your knees soft if you’re new to the practice, try engaging your belly to protect your lower back, relax your neck and the head. Don’t rush the movement, slowly start tuning into your body, feeling the rhythm of your breath and don’t forget to relax at the end. Enjoy the practice!