1/03/2013

Yoga Series Intro

Body Measurements

I told you I would let you know my measurements in my previous post and I finally got around to do them today.  

Chest 34 1/4"
Right arm 10"
Left arm 9 1/2"
Waist 29"
Hips 34"
Left Thigh 21 1/2"
Right Thigh 20"

I'm actually concerned that either I'm not measuring in the exact same spot or my body is not symmetrical.  How strange that one arm and leg is bigger than the other!  I hope I don't look funny! 

Yoga: Balance

Today I'm introducing my Yoga series for the month.  I'm calling it BARS, Balance, Abs, Relaxation, and Strength.  Each week I am providing few examples of some movies to work on each concentration.  Some of these can be used in the other sections as well but I picked some of my favorites that work on the specified section.

I love my yoga days and I'm super pumped for classes to start back up next week since we've been out for the holiday season.  I really appreciate my instructor Cara Stoneham for helping me get things organized and providing a great example in poses that I didn't feel totally confident in my skills!


Twist with Heel lift
You begin in mountain and hold your arms out parallel and twist to the side.  To increase the difficulty, hold your heels 1 cm off the ground and twist.  Hold for 10 seconds and repeat to opposite side.

Crow
Begin in a squatted position with feet flat on the ground, place hands down on ground and rest you knees over elbows.  Gently raise yourself with your arms till your feet come up.  This is an advanced move so if you cannot get your feet off the ground just keep working at it and one day you'll surprise yourself with being able to do it.  Now THAT was an awesome feeling the day I could do this!

Begin in mountain, then place right leg over left and if you can wrap it around so your toes wrap around the left leg.  Now place your right arm over your left and wrap it around so your palms are together.  Hold for 10-20 seconds and repeat with opposite leg.

As simple as it looks, this one is surprising difficult!  Stand in mountain and place left foot about 6-12 inches forward. Put your arms behind you and grab your left wrist with your right hand.  Slowly lean forward until you've reached the extent of your stretch and let your neck relax.  Hold for 10 seconds and repeat with the opposite side.

This reminded me of the scorpion move in cheerleading.  It's a coordinated move by grabbing your ankle, raising the leg behind you, and simultaneously bring the opposite arm up.  Hold for 15 seconds.

These next 4 poses are tree with various modifications.  Begin in mountain and move slowly to the modifications that challenges you but you can hold for 10 seconds.  Repeat twice.  A little tip is to lock your eyes on a point that is not moving in front of you.





Oh Warrior!  This is wonderful for balance and strengthening your legs.  Begin in mountain and step forward with your right leg.  Bend the right leg into a comfortable lunge and lift arms above your head. Hold then lift

Lift the back leg and bring arms forward and hold for 5-10 seconds.  Return to mountain and repeat with opposite side.

Yoga App

My yoga teacher showed me this great app!  I used it last night for the first time.  It's simply titled Yoga.  The only complaint I have is that it didn't have some sort of notification of change of pose.  It has a timer that counts down that time in each pose but sometimes you are in a pose that isn't looking at the phone and it would be easier to do the pose better if you weren't looking back at your phone.  

It has tons of poses and made it super easy for me to throw together a quick workout.



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1 comment:

  1. I recently started taking yoga-lates and I like it! Thanks for linking up!

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