Yoga Makes Me Smile! Reason #4: Switching up poses keeps things interesting.
I love yoga! It never gets old because the possibilities are endless. I usually start with a warm-up:
- Neck rolls
- Child’s Pose
- Downward Facing Dog
- Walk feet to the front of the mat for a forward fold
- Sun Salutation A three times
- Sun Salutation B three times
On lazy days I do a short relaxing practice, but most days I follow the warm-up with a more active vinyasa practice that looks something like this:
- Warriors and standing poses
- Arm balances
- Seated forward bends and hip openers
- Reclining twists and savasana
Wheel at the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia
It’s a big game of mix and match. Pick any poses from each of the categories, but stick to the order to make sure your body’s ready for what comes next. One of my teachers suggested choosing a “pose of the week” as a focus. I’ve decided to choose two poses and work on them until I’ve got them down pat: Bakasana and Salamba Sirsasana (headstand).
I haven’t tried You Tube yet, but when I do I will be checking out Sadie Nardini. I went to her workshop when she was in Philadelphia and she is amazing. She’s studying to be a ninja and she has lots of cool yogi tricks up her sleeve. Finally, there are tons of free sequences on iTunes.
How do you keep your yoga routine interesting?