As much as I’d love it, unfortunately I’m not able to offer yoga classes every day of the week (maybe someday!) On days that the studio is closed — or when you just can’t make it to class — I encourage you to take a few minutes for some breath and gentle movement. Some suggestions:
When the alarm goes off in the morning, sit up in bed, close your eyes, and take five smooth breaths. There: you just meditated!
Crawl out of bed, and come down to the floor for a few rounds of cat-cow. Maybe add a few hip circles. If you are feeling really feisty, add thread the needle.
While you are brushing your teeth, take tree pose. Don't forget to do both sides!
When you are sitting at your desk at work or while in front of the computer at home, take the time to do a few of the simple neck stretches we do in class. Also, do a few side body stretches or even a seated twist.
Before you sit down in front of the tv or computer once you are home, get back down on the floor for hammock: bend your knees, feet wide apart and on the floor, and windshield wiper your legs back and forth.
Time for bed? Take legs up the headboard for a minute or two, placing one hand on your heart and the other on your abdomen. Notice your breath. When your head hits the pillow, take reclined butterfly. And as you drift off to sleep, return your attention to your breath and think of something you are grateful for with each smooth breath.
Bernie Clark (https://www.yinyoga.com/) has been a TREMENDOUS source of information for me when I develop my Yin classes. He truly is a leader in the field. You can find me listed on his website at https://www.yinyoga.com/yin_teacher_directory.php#Sterling. And when you are traveling and would like to find a yin class, visit this site for a list of teachers near you!
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Yoga U Online has been a TREMENDOUS resource for me — I encourage you to browse the site and let me know if there is anything you’d like me to learn more about!
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British woman falls off a cruise ship and treads water for 10 hours until she is rescued. She credits YOGA and singing for her ability to survive in the water for such a long period of time!
Yikes! Read more below. If you'd like to work on better posture, come to one of my Gentle Flow classes (Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.)
Read what Rod Stryker has to say here. You owe it to yourself to give it a try. Held here on the first Sunday of the month after Yin (approximately 5:35 p.m.) and the first Tuesday of the month after Gentle Flow (approximately 8:35 p.m.) . Practice lasts about 20 minutes.
If you've attended one of my Yoga Nidras, you will remember that I ask you to set a Sankalpa early in the meditation. I usually refer to a sankalpa as a heartfelt desire. It can also be a specific intention or goal.
This article digs deeper into how to create your sankalpa. If you'd like to learn more about this important part of yoga nidra, click below!