August 15, 2008

yoga@home: First Things, First. Non-PVC Mat, Cushion, Close Door, Turn off Phone…


Want to practice yoga at home? Here’s how to get started, along with some basics.

THE POINT>> Help yourself so you can help others. 

PROPS>> Meditation cushion, biodegradable/non-P.V.C. yoga mat. 

CLOSE THE DOOR>> Turn off that cell phone. Forget about coffee or laundry or work or girls or he said, she said or breakfast or children. Just give yourself these 10 minutes. 

MEDITATE>> With eyes open to the world around you, take an uplifted yet relaxed posture—Indian-style if possible (use a cushion if knees are higher than hips, or a chair if need be). Bring attention to outbreath as it goes out. When you find yourself wandering off in thought, come back gently by silently intoning “thinking” and returning attention to the breath for five minutes. End by dedicating actions
to the benefit of others, then bowing
(a traditional sign of appreciation). 

UJJAYI BREATH>> In Sanskrit, ujjayi means “victorious”—and is designed to build and maintain our internal heat, or tapas. (We don’t need no externally-heated yoga). Open your mouth and make a “haaaa” sound. Now, close mouth and make same sound. This is ujjayi breath. Keep it steady and rhythmic throughout your practice—it will help guide and open your movements.

Want to get started? Search yoga@home. Here’s one, for mommas-to-be.



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