Hi lovely people!
It's my last week here working at Woerthersee as a guest teacher, during this month I have learned so much about what people need in their bodies. A lot of people come in for one to one consulting because they may feel it is another way just like massage to open up the body's energy channel and to know more about their bodies, really.
I've narrowed down a few points why people turned to yoga:
- Seeking kindness to their body as a contrast to group sports/exercises as they age (golf, tennis and others)
- Seeking emotional stability - gaining a sense of control of their life by learning how to meditate.
- Hyper mobility and inflexibility all at the same time in different parts of the body, another words, seeking balance.
- Feeling overwhelm in class - lessen the need to feel self-conscious.
- Wanting to be as fit as they once were - increase of confidence.
I've created this Beginner 30 minute Yoga Sequence that you can just do at home, it's a bit of everything: moving with breaths, standing postures to build stamina and flexibility in the hips, back and abdomen strengthening, gentle twist and a sweet Savasana.
Please have a mat and a chair with you. *All postures are written in English as well as in Sanskrit.
Part I - We will learn standing postures such as first and second warrior, learning the difference between close and open hip standing postures; correct arm rotation as you take the arms overhead and modification of sun salutations.
Part II- We will go over wide legged forward fold, twist, back and core strengtheners. Very gentle supine twist and a release to full stillness.
Now, this being said, yoga certain isn't the only way. It may done more harm than good when performed without proper guidance. Often the students realized a lot of the tension that's held in the body comes completely from the emotional aspect, they have either not been aware of that or simple are not ready to let go. In order for the body to open up or gain strength, there will be resistance in the mind, often it is this resistance that creates the tension in the body.
This is exactly the biggest differentiation of yoga and other forms of exercises if you ask me, it's all about the breath that brings us into a deeper layer of awareness. It goes way beyond the superficial layers of our bodies. The poses may seem it's just stretchy, but only those who felt the power of the breath and linkages of poses know the real difference. If you are just stretching, you just might as well be in the gym! So make sure you breath naturally in and out as you practice.
I hope you all had a great Summer Solstice. Summer has finally arrived. Woohoo!
With Bright Light,