Daily Yoga

Posted by: Lisa Shea

Daily Yoga - 11/29/12 08:39 PM

I highly recommend looking for ways to incorporate even short yoga routines into your daily life. It can greatly help with muscle aches and with your ability to focus and sleep.

My ideal is an hour each morning, but I do strive at least to do ten minutes if I can't get that in.

You can do easy simple things even at your computer. Imagine you are making a golden halo with the top of your head, in a clockwise direction. Then reverse.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 12/05/12 03:39 AM

Our kitchen has become a staging area for the things I'm selling on ebay so now I've run out of yoga space smile. Time to work on that. I miss doing the yoga!
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 12/13/12 11:02 PM

Hurrah! I have now cleared out the kitchen area again. The old computer we were working on on the kitchen table has been donated to the local senior center, along with a large box full of old keyboards, power supplies, and so on. So that is done!

I've sold most of our old receivers / stereo equipment on ebay. The few remaining items are listed on Amazon and ebay and are going into the spare room until they get bought.

There's just a few items left in the kitchen to move to their proper homes, and then I can actually vacuum and clean the floor! And I can do yoga again. Hurrah!
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/02/13 08:41 AM

I haven't gotten back into a daily routine yet, but I am getting better at least. I'd say it's probably every three days right now. My wake-sleep schedule is fairly odd so it depends what time of day I wake up, and how much is on my to-do list.

Chime in if you do any sort of yoga! I'd love to hear what poses you enjoy.
Posted by: jilly

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/03/13 01:19 AM

Every three days is pretty good. I've been neglecting my desire to do yoga for over a year now. frown

Right now I will do a stretch pose! I am in bed, but there are still stretches I can do....

okay, I just did a handful. That felt nice on my lower back.
Posted by: jilly

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/03/13 05:38 PM

Going to do a few Yoga in Bed stretches again, right now!

I think my biggest issue with all this is lack of accountability. NO one cares or notices if I do anything, except myself. As it turns out, that isn't enough motivation for me. frown
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/18/13 08:22 PM

Dear Jilly -

Feel free to post in the forum, if you enjoy external motivation!

I have gotten into a nice routine where I do about an hour of yoga each morning. I definitely feel more awake and energized afterwards. Also I notice my flexibility and strength improving each day, which is nice. It's a built in motivator, since I want to see if I can stretch just a bit further each time.

Maybe try that? Set a fun goal for yourself?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/24/13 08:31 PM

I've been doing yoga for about an hour each morning and enjoy it immensely.

Here's my routine I do. If anybody knows the names to poses, please let me know! I did my best to figure out what they are.

Lisa's Daily Yoga Routine

standing side twist -
rotate with arms hanging loose so they flop like coat sleeves on body - 20 rotations

stretch up and back

hang my arms down to touch the ground. Then fold my arms to deepen the stretch. Nod five times. Shake my head five times.

standing crescent moon -
odd, this seems to have several names. The one where you stand tall and curve your body left or right. So someone standing in front of you sees a letter C (or reverse C)

Tree pose / Vrksasana -
I love this pose. I do it for a while on one foot, then relax for a moment on both, then for a while on the other foot.

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Sun Salutation Series / Surya Namaskar -

OK this is a sequence in and of itself. I do the whole set two times, once with each leg leading. My set includes:

Stretch up and back

stretch down to the ground

Raise back to diagonally point up, hands on knees

Stretch down to ground again

Put one leg back

Put other leg back to Downward Facing Dog - Adho Mukha Svanasana
- "walk the dog" - release tension in one leg while pressing into other, and switching

Shifting weight forward into plank

Dropping hips down into cobra / Bhujangasana

shifting weight back into downward facing dog

bringing foot forward between hands to what I think of as a hurdler's stretch

stand back up

hand motion 1 - interlace fingers loosely before chest pointing forward, rotate them down, towards chest, up. Bring both hands up to sky and out wide to either wide, then down and back to chest. Do twice.

hand motion 2 - my yoga teacher called this "heart opening namaste". Have both hands at chest, pointing towards teach other, thumbs towards the chest. Sweep them forward and out to the sides. Then rotate the thumbs to point up and bring the hands back in a wide swoop forward then in to the chest.

repeat.

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Warrior 2 sequence / Virabhadrasana II

Start in Warrior 2 - but up in a triangle. Settle down into warrior 2. Back up to triangle. Do this three times to really settle down into the warrior 2 pose.

Turn both hands palm-up, imagine you're holding a giant ball, and rotate back so your front hand is towards the sky and your back one is down.

Lean the forward fore-arm down on your forward leg. Rotate the back arm forward in a big circle three times. End with it pointing forward.

Look down, then right, then up

Rotate that "free arm" (the one not on your leg) up and back so it's loose. At the same time, rotate the on-leg arm so it's pointing straight up. Your legs are now a triangle.

Lace your hands behind you and stretch them down, as you lean forward.

repeat.

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Now back to simpler things smile.

Warrior 1 on both sides.

Next, a back stretch. Stand with feet warrior-1 width apart but both pointing towards left side of mat. For 15 seconds simply stand, then for 15 seconds fold to touch ground.

Another back stretch. Simply squat with hands around knees for 30 seconds.

cat-cow / Marjaryasana
for 10 rounds (happens to be a back stretch too but is a normal part of yoga)

extended child pose / Garbhasana
30 seconds. Also happens to be a back stretch

rolling cat-cow
for 10 rounds. Start in extended child pose, roll up to cow, arch to cat, fall back into extended child pose.

extended child pose / garbhasana
yes again smile

cross-legged stretch
the final back stretch. Interlace fingers and reach for sky for 30 seconds

seated spinal twist / half lord of the fishes / Ardha Matsyendrasana
both sides. I love this one.

hurdler's stretch
have one leg forward, the other bent back. First lean forward over forward knee. Then lay back flat on mat. Both sides.

laying spinal twist
lay on back. fold right knee, use left hand to press it towards the left. Stretch right arm out straight right, look right. Switch.

laying goddess pose
put feet soles together with legs laying flat on floor out to either side. Put palms together above head, on floor.

bridge pose / Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Hold the bridge, then slowly lower the spine down vertebrae by vertebrae to the mat. I love this part.

Shavasana
simply let everything go

cross-legged with hands palm-up on knees
- with crown of head make five halos clockwise, then counter-clockwise
- with nose, trace an orange first clockwise, then counter-clockwise

hands to heart

namaste
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/28/13 02:22 PM

A lovely yoga session while snowflakes danced and spun outside my window. The bluebirds are stocking up on suet to prepare! I got video smile
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/04/13 05:05 PM

Yoga is a great way to start the day. My spine feels so nice when I'm finished. Namaste.
Posted by: jilly

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/04/13 07:12 PM

I'm glad this thread is here as a reminder. I will be re-watching Cloud Atlas tonite, with Dan, and will have plenty of time while it play to do some yoga and post in this forum.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/05/13 08:43 PM

A lovely yoga session - wow, much different doing it mid-day after my shake! I felt much stronger and integrated with the poses.
Posted by: jilly

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/09/13 03:41 PM

I did some nice easy stretching yoga last night, watching project runway. Maybe i will walk around the pond today and do some more.
Posted by: Gumman

Re: Daily Yoga - 07/10/13 06:34 PM

I am newbie here, well, there are many pose to do yoga but my favorite pose is yoga. Early morning yoga is very beneficial for your calmness. Yes you are right that yoga is a great way to start a day..
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/27/13 09:45 AM

A lovely #yoga session on my back porch - but last night's massive rainstorm seems to have swept away the cute tree frog. I can't find him! I hope he's all right. I did see many dragonflies.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/29/13 05:58 PM

Preparing for my 10pm meditation. I think I'll meditate on breath tonight. How about you? Join me in serenity! #meditate
Posted by: jilly

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/30/13 08:39 PM

I had a great yoga class yesterday that was much harder than i am used to. No real rests and no savasana. I missed the savasana more than i thought i would.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/31/13 12:04 PM

Jilly -

It is great that you tried a yoga class. We learn something new from every new instructor.

I agree that I greatly enjoy savasana and would miss it if it was completely missing from a session. I always have a savasana at the end of my sessions.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 09/01/13 10:47 AM

Had a lovely #yoga session - the cute tree frog is gone again, but it rained last night. Maybe he simply has somewhere dry he goes to.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/29/14 04:12 AM

A lovely #yoga session. I haven't done a full one in a while. Plus the birds were flying steadily at the feeder. A lovely start to the day.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/01/14 09:17 AM

I love my morning yoga sessions. My spine and hamstrings feel so much better afterwards. They crave the stretching. I had a relaxing one this morning in the kitchen, where I can see the bird feeders while I move. It's a great start to the day.

Do you guys do yoga?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/03/14 07:05 AM

Lovely yoga session this morning; joints and spine feel so much better now. Now to tackle the 1,699 msgs in my inbox. Having my EAS shake.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/04/14 06:44 AM

A lovely yoga session with birds at the two feeders. I'm doing better at plank, too - I have 2 rounds of it during the sun salutations.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/04/14 07:09 AM

Here's my current routine:

Forward Standing Section
* Standing gently turning arm-flapping-like-open-coat-sleeves, 20 count, a la Kripalu.
* Moon pose, left and right
* Bend back, then bend forward to floor
* Tree pose, left and right
* Sun salutation, 2 rounds
... includes downward-facing dog, plank, cobra, and other poses

Side Standing Section
Warrior Pose II
... includes sub-poses like side angle pose
Warrior Pose I
Hanging triangle

Middle Section
Tucked squat
Lord of the Fishes left and right
Cat-Cow 10x
Extended Child Pose
Rolling Cat-Cow 10x
Extended Child Pose

Floor Section
Hurdler's Stretch, forward back, left right
Spinal twist - knee to one side, arm outstretched to other, left right
Dead bug pose
Bridge pose with very slow release
savasana
Lotus position, 5 halos each way, 5 nose circles each way
Namaste
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/06/14 07:45 AM

A lovely morning yoga session. Birds at all the feeders, and my hamstrings are stretching a bit more each day! A great start to a sunny day.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/07/14 08:25 AM

A lovely, sunny yoga session, and Juliet the cat came over to help me, too smile. How is your day going? #yoga #serenity
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/11/14 07:01 AM

A lovely yoga session this morning; Juliet the cat helped me with cat-cow. Bob braved the frigid cold to bring seed and suet to the birds.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/12/14 11:30 AM

It's been a whirlwind day - I haven't even been able to post about my morning yoga yet smile. It was lovely! Lots to do. One step at a time.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/16/14 12:28 PM

Back on my night schedule; woke up at 2pm. A lovely yoga session with sunlight streaming through the window. Then organized my watercolors. Bob got me some lovely bins and binders so everything's neat now. Excellent. Next up, a final read-through of my latest 10-chapter novella so I can hand that over to the reviewers.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/17/14 11:06 AM

A much-needed yoga session. Various stresses in my life ease away while holding downward facing dog and plank pose. #yoga #stressmanagement
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 03/24/14 12:18 PM

Began my day with a lovely yoga session. My body feels so much better after stretching and gently twisting. It has meditation built in too! Do you guys do any daily stretching?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 03/24/14 12:44 PM

Earth Yoga Leggings - these are what I wore for today's yoga session - quite pretty!



Earth Yoga Leggings review

What do you like to wear when you're active?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 03/25/14 11:13 AM

A wonderful yoga session - Bob is mixing music for his band so I had a beautiful soundtrack to stretch with. The best of all worlds! #yoga
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 03/27/14 12:48 PM

Tested what yoga I could do if I didn't have a mat handy. Always good to explore the options. Yoga each day is good for the spine!
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 04/24/14 10:07 AM

Did my morning yoga routine today after a 2 week break. It felt SO good to stretch. My spine and neck absolutely needed it. My neck was incredibly crinkly.

What yoga have you done recently?