Archive for January, 2011

Chandra Namaskar: Moon Salutation (Animation)

January 13, 2011

Click HERE for the Moon Salutation Animation

Click HERE for the Moon Salutation Animation

Read about the Moon Salutation HERE

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Fun Yoga: Yoga For Kids

January 13, 2011

I’m teaching a Yoga Class to a Group of Girl Scouts tonight.  I thought I would share some of the Asanas I plan to include.

I will be talking about Yoga for about 15 minutes or so before we move into our practice, so the girls will have some background and general instructions before we begin with Asanas.

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Corpse Pose/Breathing-Centering

Spinal Rolls to a Seated Position

Active Rainbow side stretch

Prune Face/Lion

Eagle Arms

Cat/Cow

Thread the Needle

Down Dog

Rag Doll

Wood Chopper

Tree Balance

Twisted Tree

Flip the Dog / Gorilla / Gorilla Walk Flow

Goddess

Goddess Balance

Goddess Walk

Squat

Gate

1/2 Moon Circle

Tripod

Child’s Pose

Seated Twist

Tangled Shoelaces

Seated Forward Fold

Modified Fish

Knees to Chest

Happy Baby

Relaxation Breathing ‘Game’
I am inhaling 1, I am exhaling 1
I am inhaling 2, I am exhaling 2

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Sun Salutation A, done in PajamaJeans

January 11, 2011

View Animated Sun Salutation Gif Here

View Animated Sun Salutation Gif Here

I recently purchased a pair of PajamaJeans.  They really are so comfy.  Yesterday, I wore them to practice yoga.  They actually worked out pretty well.  The pants were stretchy and I was able to move in them.  They proved to have no more restrictions than my usual Yoga Pants.

More about Sun Salutations HERE

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Feeling the effects of the Common Cold? Try some Yoga Solutions.

January 3, 2011

Try a daily warm salt-water nasal wash with a Neti Pot.

Chant!  Humming vibrations are great for opening sinuses and sore throats.
Practice Chanting ‘OM’ or
Perform Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

Take a full deep inhale through both nostrils,
As you exhale through your nose, create a buzzing like sound in the throat
(Soft ‘eeeeeeeeeee’ sound)
Try for 5-10 rounds and try to increase your buzzing volume as you advance.

Learn More Pranayama HERE

Some Asanas for Cold relief:

Begin with a few minutes of centering in Balasana (Child’s Pose)
(Try this supported with your head on a block, bolster or folded blanket).

Set an Intention or Affirmation:

‘I am safe and secure at all times.  Love surrounds me and protects me.’
(From ‘Releasing Health Problems’ by Louise Hay)
See more of Louise Hay’s Affirmations HERE

Come to a low kneel (or seated pose if you prefer), and try a few rounds of Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breath)

Rolling Child’s Pose:
(you may want to have some tissues available)
Come to Extended Child’s Pose with your hands clasped
Try to keep your shoulder blades down and back
Engage your core and pull your belly button towards your spine
Inhale and stretch arms out
Exhale and shift your weight forward, and roll onto the top of your head
Gently roll back and forth, from your forehead to the crown of your head ten times
Move with your breath
Rest in child’s pose and repeat

Bhujangasana (Cobra)

Balasana (Child’s Pose)

Come to a Low Kneel (or seated position)

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist)

Table Pose

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose)
(Try this supported with your head on a block)

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
(Try this supported with your head on a block or chair)

Gently roll up to Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
Take a few Breaths here and come back to center.  Remind yourself of your Affirmation.

‘I am safe and secure at all times.  Love surrounds me and protects me.’

Ardha Chandrasana (Cresent Moon Side Stretch)

Utkatasana (Chair Pose)

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Utkatasana Balance (Chair Pose, up on toes)

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

Beginning Sun Salutation to

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose) to
(Try this supported with your head on a block)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose) Right Side

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose) to
(Try this supported with your head on a block)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon Pose) Left Side

Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog pose)
(Try this supported with your head on a block)

Come to belly

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Balasana (Child’s Pose)
(Try this supported with your head on a block, bolster or folded blanket)

Roll up to a low kneel, then have a seat

Dadasana (Staff Pose)

Janu Sirsasana (Head-to-Knee Pose)
Bend your left knee and bring the sole of the left foot to your inner-right thigh, switch sides
(Try this supported with your head on a block, bolster or folded blanket)

Paschimothanasana (Seated Forward Fold)

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

Release to back

Bring both Knees to chest and rock from side to side.

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose)
(Try this supported with a block under your hips)

Bring both Knees to chest and rock from side to side

Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose)

Knees to chest

Jathara Parivartanasana (Reclining Twist)

Viparita Karani (Legs Up the Wall Pose)

Savasana (Corpse Pose)
Lay back, settle in, take a few Breaths and come back to center.
Remind yourself of your Affirmation.

‘I am safe and secure at all times.  Love surrounds me and protects me.’

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