How often does your resolve to do your yoga pr…

How often does your resolve to do your yoga practice wobble like a new yogi in pretzel position?  A question that I am most often asked by students is, “Corinne, how do you keep up the discipline to practice?”  Or they come into class exasperated.  “When I practice at home, the phone rings, I
remember the laundry I have to do!”

Here are some tips to keep your practice
going even when you don’t want to do it.
(Sorry, but there’s always a way.)

  • Work it into your day in little ways, with
    Yoga Snacks. Five minutes here, 2 minutes there.  It all adds up.
  • Start with some of your favourite yoga
    poses.  That can get you there by helping
    you look forward to it.
  • If you just feel to awful to actually get
    started with your practice, remind yourself that, as bad as you feel now, is
    how great you’re going to feel after your done.
  • Get into your practice by telling yourself
    you’ll do ‘just one pose or two and then I’ll see how I feel’.
  • When you’ve actually managed to start your
    routine but are tempted to go off and do something else, tell yourself you’ll
    do ‘just one more pose’.
  • Notice how good it feels after the poses
    you do manage to do.  That will keep you
    coming back.
  • If boredom is an issue, OK, then turn on
    the TV or the radio.  It’s better than
    not practising at all.
  • Try using music to carry you along.   Music has a way of sweeping us forward and
    keeping us moving.
  • Go to yoga class.  Let the teacher move you along.  Once you’re there, there is no escape!
  • Sometimes the best way to eliminate
    temptation is to give in to it.  If your
    laundry is calling you and your just can’t keep on your yoga mat, then, for
    heaven sake, go take care of the laundry and come right back!

When all else fails, just do your yoga.  You’ll be glad you did.

 Namaste,
Corinne

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Emotional Healing Using Your Yoga Practice

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As you follow your yoga practice, you’ll begin to discover that
you ‘hold your emotions in your body’.  What this means is that we tend to
tense up certain areas of our bodies when we experience certain emotions.
 This includes tightening certain parts of our breathing.  For
everyone, the exact areas of tension-holding can be different, although there
are certain responses that are often common among a lot of people.

The good news is that this reaction can go both ways.  As you
do, so you can undo.  If certain thoughts and feelings make you tense up
particular parts of your body, then relaxing those parts of your body can help
you loosen up those thoughts and feelings.  This is because of
‘associative conditioning’.  Your mind learns to connect two events
together.  You start to expect that what happens to one will happen to the
other.

Let’s start with a discovery exercise.  

Breathing Discovery Exercise
Take a moment to sit or lie down quietly and simply
notice the flow of your breath.  Notice which parts of your body move to
make the breath happen.  Notice which muscles you use.  Notice which
parts easily engage and which parts resist the breath a bit, ‘sticking’.
 Notice which times in the breath cycle flow easily for you and which
‘stick’ a bit.  

This Discovery Exercise can help you know where you store emotions
in your body.  The parts that are ‘sticky’ when you breathe are where
you tense up when you encounter certain kinds of pain.

Next time you are in a difficult situation, notice:

  •  Are you holding your breath?
  • Are there parts of your body that
    are resisting your breath?
  • Which parts are they?

Take a slow, deep breath in.  

  • Feel that part of your body opening
    up.  (Don’t force it.  Just let it blossom open as the breath opens
    you.)

Then as you breathe out, 

  • feel that part of your body
    dropping down and letting go.

Do this for a few breaths.  Then take a deep breath and get
back into your day.

Namaste,
Corinne

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Namaste,Corinne My yoga books and…

Namaste,
Corinne

My yoga books and charts are available by
clicking these links to
Amazon.comAmazon.ca,
and on
Kindle,
worldwide.
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Energizing mini routine using Wood Chopper, Lu…

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These four movements combine into a flowing sequences that fully stretches your body and opens up your breathing.  It’s very energizing when combined with Extending the Breath breathing strategy:

Alternate breathing in and breathing out.  Usually this will match opening up (breathing in) and closing down movements (breathing out).

  • Every time you breathe in, take a little extra breath in.  Use that to seek out a little extra stretch.
  • Every time you breathe out, take the time let out a little extra air.  Use that to seek out a little extra stretch.

Here are the links to instructions for these four poses:
Wood Chopper:  http://tinyurl.com/h6vwoky
Lunges:  fhttp://tinyurl.com/j3lhlpp
Puppy:  http://tinyurl.com/j7n43d8
Cat
Stretch:  
http://tinyurl.com/zc23cyj

As always, when learning a new pose, it’s a good idea to set aside time separate from the rest of your yoga practice.  Then, as you become confident in the movements and modifications that make it right for you, you can combine them.  

It can take practice to get a sense of flow.

Namaste,
Corinne

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Lunge Pose – Detailed Instruction

Here are tips, modifications and breathing for this highly adaptable pose.  It shows up as part of so many routines, for yoga and for many sports.  How to do it safely and effectively at your level of ability?  Here are full instructions.  

We’ll be using it in some energizing mini routines, coming up soon.

Here is the PDF to the instructions: http://tinyurl.com/j3lhlpp

As always, when learning a new pose, it’s a good idea to set aside time separate from the rest of your yoga practice.  Then, as you become confident in the movements and modifications that make it right for you, you can integrate it into your routines.

Namaste,
Corinne

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My yoga books and charts are available by
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A Quick Routine to Develop Strong Quads, Loose…

This routine is designed to
help you develop quad strength.  As a
side benefit, it will also give you more flexible hamstrings and more upper
body strength.  The keys to this routine
are in taking your time – so that each move is held until your body begins to
tire of holding the position, (but not so long that you can’t release the pose
safely and with control).  The other key
is in the breathing technique.  

For the breathing, first use
Extending the Breath, to find a
deeper and deeper extension, safely. Once you are deeply in the pose, you change your breathing to The Sponge; each time you breathe out,
you feel the ‘warm water’ soaking into the muscles that are involved in the
movement.  You might find that, after a
few breaths in The Sponge, you can
sink into the stretch more deeply.  Do as
your body invites you to do, but only so far as you can without straining.  If you feel burning or pain in any muscle
group, you’re going too far; you have to back off slightly.

(Links to instructions for those two breathing strategies are provided below.)

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Here’s the PDF to this routine:  http://preview.tinyurl.com/y3rj45t2

Links that can help you with this routine:

Lunges:
http://tinyurl.com/j3lhlpp
Mountain
Pose:
http://tinyurl.com/hux6d5s\
Downward
Dog:
http://tinyurl.com/z3adr6m
Extending the Breath:  http://tinyurl.com/jpcf3yz
The Sponge: http://tinyurl.com/jbaalzs

Namaste,
Corinne

My yoga books and charts are
available by clicking these links to
Amazon.comAmazon.ca,
and on Kindle,
worldwide.
Click here for some of my material on Kobo.
You might also like my personalized yoga items on Zazzle

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