Let’s be real—it’s totally normal to feel insecure about trying anything new, especially yoga. Legit, everyone feels insecure the first time they step on the mat. Our society is extremely fatphobic, and it makes sense that you would feel too intimidated to try yoga.
Here’s the good news: Yoga can be adapted for every body type and lifestyle, and you can enjoy a great class without buying special clothes or even leaving your house. Trust me, there’s a posture and breathing practice that’ll work for everybody, and the true teacher always lies within.
You may think you need to an overpriced exercise mat and a class full of people to sufficiently practice yoga. But in reality, your bedroom is just as good as any lavender-scented studio. In fact, doing yoga in bed (yes, right on those cozy, comfy sheets) both in the morning and at night can lead to better focus, reduced anxiety and more restful sleep. “Doing yoga and focusing on your breath for just a few minutes at the beginning and end of your day acts as a reset button to help clear your mind and set you up for success,” Anthony Chavez, master trainer and the director of mindful leadership at Corepower Yoga tells us. It’s a simple way to tweak your routine and add value without completely disrupting your day-to-day life. Plus, it’s impossible to stay grumpy while posing in happy baby.
To help you get started, Chavez created a sun salutation and a nighttime flow, both individualized with specific poses to help you rise and shine or drift off to dreamland. Each move is doable from the comfort of your own bed, plus, like a stability ball, the slight give of your mattress will help fire up those small stabilizing muscles (just steer clear of anything super soft, like memory foam). Repeat each sequence as often or as little as you’d like, focusing on your mind-body connection in addition to your breath.
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The abs are important and it takes a lot of work to get them into prime condition. Unless, of course, you’re a yogi! Yoga has many poses that are good for strengthening the abs.
After all, yoga is based on the chakra system, and ancient yogis believed that a very powerful chakra emanated from the solar plexus. They placed a spiritual importance on keeping this area strong. Here are some of the best poses they discovered for doing that!
Lockdown or not, we all have been feeling out of sync of late. Experiencing loss of energy is common, considering how stressful the past few months have been. Luckily, practising a simple yoga posture can drive away your blues.
Bollywood actress Tamanaah is someone who places fitness first and there are a lot of lessons you can learn from the 30-year-old. In a recent post, she performs this yoga asana to open up her heart chakra.
How Ashtanga Yoga’s Rigorous Poses Have Helped My Mental Health During the Pandemic
I don’t know how I would have made it through the pandemic, and my transition to living in New York City, without Ashtanga yoga. I moved to NYC from Hong Kong in January, two months before the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Throughout the 18 months of the immigration process, I found myself riding a wave of emotions—from frustration to anger and sadness. I decided to devote myself to Ashtanga yoga, which I had encountered during a trip to Mysore, India, the birthplace of the practice. The practice has so far given me such emotional stability.
Ashtanga can be an intimidating practice. For one thing, it’s quite physical and athletic, particularly when compared to Hatha yoga (which is the kind of yoga that probably comes to mind when you hear the word yoga). The Primary Series, which I’ve been practicing for eight months now, is the foundation of the Ashtanga method. It’s made up of a variety of asanas (postures) that are done while standing, seated, and twisting, as well as in backbends and inversions. When I first started practicing it, I found myself getting frustrated. I couldn’t touch my toes and balance myself in seated poses like Ubhaya Padangustasana (or Double Toe Hold, which you can see here).
If you have different abilities, chair yoga might be a great start for you. Read about this offering from AimHealthyU. There are other options available also.
Many folks feel insecure about starting yoga because it can seem like a difficult and even dangerous activity. But there are safe, effective ways of practicing yoga. Join Jivana Heyman, the founder and director of Accessible Yoga, for a four-week live, virtual workshop that will explore how to practice asana safely in a chair. You’ll learn how adapting the practice can offer the same physical—as well as emotional, mental, and spiritual—benefits. The workshop starts in November.
I was so excited to see this on my timeline. I love my yoga burn band. Remember, a resistance band is included with the Yoga Burn Total Body Challenge 12 week program. 😉
Woman’s Day – Nicol Natale August 10, 2020
Brooke Shields is the queen of home workouts, and her latest fitness post proves she isn’t slowing down. Every Wednesday, the model and actress shares new exercises on Instagram Live with trainer Ngo Okafor, and this week the duo focused on glutes and arms.
Having a morning routine to boost energy is a great way to start the day, but what if you wake up every morning knowing that your bedtime routine is really to blame for your lack of energy and focus? A good night’s rest isn’t just important for energy and focus; research has shown that it’s especially important for a strong immune system and fighting off infection — something that’s top of mind especially because of the pandemic.
Maybe your sleep has taken a hit amid the uncertainty of our current times. Perhaps you fall asleep easily but have a difficult time staying asleep. Or, you’ve spent countless nights lying awake in bed frustrated because you can’t fall asleep. One study showed a high frequency of insomnia during the pandemic. And some sleep neurologists are even calling it “Covid-somnia.”
Whatever your situation is, this five-minute yoga routine to help you sleep better every single night.