Yoga for beginners 30 day challenge: welcome to day 1. In our first class, we'll focus a lot on ujjayi breathing (pranayama), the natural curves in the spine and how to support them. We'll practice such yoga poses as: apanasana (wind relieving pose!), table, cat and cow, and of course savasana which is our final resting pose. Be sure to push pause if you need a break and also, drink plenty of water throughout this 30 day challenge.
Yoga For Beginners 30 Day Challenge. Welcome back to Day 3. Today we'll be practicing the poses that we did in day one and two, including a nice stretch for the hamstrings. We'll practice Tadasana or Mountain pose, and called samastitihi (means steady balance). We'll spend some time on Tadasana today and we'll review it a lot because it's a "blueprint" pose for all of our standing poses, meaning that there is some part of Tadasana in all of our standing poses. We'll add 1/4 Sun Salutes as we build up to full Sun Salutations or Surya Namaskar over the next couple of weeks.
Yoga For Beginners 30 Day Challenge Day 4. I'm so glad you're joining us today! After we review the yoga poses we've already practiced, we'll be adding our first standing pose which is Warrior 2 (virabhadrasana 2)
Yoga For Beginners 30 Day Challenge, welcome to day 5. Today we're adding plank pose which is a challenging and wonderful yoga pose that builds strength throughout the body. We'll also practice cobra pose. We're adding more and more poses to build into a complete sun salutation which is used a lot in our practice to warm up the body. For our standing poses, we'll add trikonasana, or triangle pose. This pose is a wonderful lateral stretch which lengthens the side body. Moving the spin forward and backward (flexion/extension) is a wonderful way to keep it healthy. Lateral stretches or side bends are important for the spine too.
Yoga For Beginners 30 Day Challenge Day 6. Today we're going to add some twists to our yoga poses. If you have two yoga blocks and a yoga blanket, please have them handy. If you don't have any yoga props, you may consider picking some up. Amazon has a nice selection and if you go through the banner on our home page (fightmasteryoga.com), you'll be helping us and it won't cost you anything extra. :-) I love to use yoga props in my own practice and when I teach. I think they're great! Today we're adding prasarita paddottonasana or wide legged forward fold. We'll practice the traditional "A" position and another variation with a twist.
Yoga For Beginners 30 Day Challenge Day 7. Congratulations!! You've made it through your first week. I hope you're feeling good and don't forget to drink lots of water! Today we'll focus more on plank pose and moving from plank to downward dog. We'll also practice lifting one leg in downward dog to step it forward by the hands. Don't worry if your foot doesn't make it all the way between your hands, it can take time to build the strength and flexibility. You can always pick it up and put it between the hands. We're be adding more and more sun salutations. If there gets to be too many for you, please skip them and rest in downward dog.
You've made it to day 8 in our yoga for beginners 30 day challenge. Feel the stretch but back off if there is discomfort.
Yoga for beginners day 9. Let's get on the mat. Remember to love yourself because that's where it all starts, from inside.
Day 11in the yoga for beginners 30 day challenge. Remember that as long as you're on the mat its a good day. It doesn't have to be perfect. Just feel a stretch. Love yourself.
Yoga for beginners day 12 is here. It's been great to get all the wonderful feedback for this 30 day challenge. Keep showing up on your mat!