your yoga is only 1% theory and 99% practice. get up. show up.
I ran into a friend this week who “took the summer off” from yoga classes because her kids were out of school. (Yay for summer! And yay for spending time with kiddos!) She promised she’d make it back to class in September. September turned to January. Now it’s March. It was her third class back. She felt amazing. She felt rejuvenated. She felt fresh and solid and glad to be back to a routine. “I mean, I do my Sun Salutations and everything after I get off my treadmill, but it’s not the same.” she confided. “Sometimes I just need a little accountability. I’m a better me when I do my yoga practice.” That’s right, lady:
Get up, dress up (or dress down… I wear yoga pants, which are practically pajamas, every day) show up, and never give up.
See you on the mat.
Recently, my friend Ryan emailed me with a request for a 5-10 minute asana sequence specifically for runners. Ryan is a coach in Lyons, Colorado; his runners have “notoriously tight lower backs and hips.” Join the club.
Here are my best suggestions. (In case you are a runner, or a walker, or a human.)
Every Day, Every Time:
1) Twisted High Lunge (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana is the full version).
2) Wide Legged Stance with Hands clasped behind you (Prasarita Paddotanasana C)
3) One Legged Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
4) Double Pigeon Pose (Agnistambasana)
5) Reclined Pigeon (**this is the key pose!)
6) Reclined Spinal Twist. First time: both legs bent at the knee. Second time: One or both legs extended straight).
Result: painless low back and open hips, ready to hit the trail.
Wanna learn more?
This is a fabulously informed video sequence from Tiffany Cruikshank on yogaglo.com