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Yoga 101 for Beginners: Summer Breakthrough for Weeks 41-42

Updated on November 18, 2016

Still Taking It Easy Some More

While I'm still under the weather with low energy, I've continued to go to my yoga classes this mid-summer season to regain my strength. I did start to return to my yoga home practice, and had to stop it, due to fatigue and low energy. I hope to return it real soon by adding new poses and intermediate poses to my routines, when I'm feeling up to it.

Mastering the tree pose is a difficult pose for me to do

These foam blocks are good for balancing and stretching in various yoga poses at home and at the gym

Breaking Tough Ground in Yoga Class

For last Wednesday's yoga class, we've sat in the easy sit position with some meditation, side stretches and spinal twists to warm up our class session. We started out in class with the Sun salutations with the a few rounds of cat-cow, down dog, a few planks, up dog, and went in the mountain pose with a back bend. We've done some forwards folds with the shoulder stretch and did a few rotations of the knee-chest-chin, plank, up dog/cobra and down dog again with the chair pose and the mountain pose with some meditative breaths. Then we’ve continued with the warrior one and two poses with the reverse warrior, the side angle pose, the triangle pose with the blocks, and proceeded to the balancing poses, like the half moon pose. Since my balance is unsteady, I've been using the wall for the tree pose. Instead of the corpse pose to end the class, we've chosen to do 15 minutes of meditation to relax.

This week for my Wednesday’s yoga class, we've performed some meditation with the easy sit on our mats, and then done the side stretches and spinal twists to warm up our backs. Once again, we've gotten started with the cat-cows, down dogs, mountain poses, a couple of forward folds, and a few planks for our Sun Salutations. We've done a round of the knee-chest-chin, up dog/cobra, down dog, plank, and the chair pose, with some more forward folds with shoulder stretches and returned to the mountain pose with a back bend. Then we were ready to do our Warrior 1 and 2 poses with the reverse warrior, side angle and triangle poses, and prepared to do the balancing poses: half moon pose with the blocks, and the tree pose, while I'm still using the wall for balance. Instead of the corpse pose, we've decided to have 15 minutes of relaxation with mediation to end our class.

During last week's Thursday yoga class, we went on our backs for the corpse pose to relax and then rolled on our backs to massage it. We've done some breathing exercises and stretched our legs to the sky and to both sides. We've warmed up with the spinal twists and other side stretches with a couple of leg opener exercises. Then we've faced the back mirrored well to do the inchworm pose and the knee-chest-chin pose, along with some planks and side planks, the down dog and the cobra/up dog for a few rounds. We've gotten ready to do some kneeling arm-leg balances, before we've threaded the needle on both sides. We've done some forward folds and add some crescent lunge, swan dives and reverse swan dives, and the pigeon pose for a good stretch with the child's pose. Towards the end of class, we've done bridge and reverse pose, some new leg extension exercises with the dolphin plank, before we’ve closed out the session with the happy baby pose.


For yesterday’s Thursday yoga class, we’ve went on the corpse pose and massaged our backs with the spinal twists, side stretches, and rolling on our backs. We've raised our legs to the sky to open our hips with some exercises. Then we returned to do the inchworm, the knee-chest-chin pose, some planks and side planks with the up dog/cobra, down dog, and cat-cows. We've also used the blocks for the forwards folds and the Pilates ring to do the "magic trick" of balancing on on one leg and prepping you to do the airplane/hinge pose by dropping it to the mat. I've had trouble doing that with both feet. We've also done the dolphin plank pose We followed it up with some cobra poses, the up and down dog poses with the blocks to use for the forward folds and the dolphin plank pose, followed by the kneeling arm-leg balance. We've also used the blocks to do the same pose by raising it up and lowering it to the ground. We've used the ring for the monkey pose including the monkey pose and the bridge pose, before we stretched our legs out with the ring to the sky, and closed it out with an easy sit and Namaste.


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    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 22 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I hope you soon regain your strength and feel completely well, Kristen.

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Alicia. I appreciate it my friend.

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      Kelly A Burnett 22 months ago from United States

      Hi Kristen,

      I concur with AliciaC, I too hope you regain your strength.

      Exercise of some sort, I feel is best if done daily to some degree. I think we all get in this mindset that we have to be healthy to exercise and yet we rarely have a day go back without a shower or brushing our teeth. Simple stretching will remind us how complex and wonderful our muscles are and how they help us day to day.

      I am furious with the hospitals and their lack of daily exercise - it sends the wrong message. And for our ageing populace, this continued practice of allowing a patients to go 24 hours without some form of basic stretching is in my mind not acceptable. I know walking is always included but the simple stretches, not necessary full yoga stretches, I feel should be new prescription for wellness. And Yoga is especially wonderful as you detailed here it offers something even for the beginners.

      Mastering the tree pose is difficult because it involves extensive core work - however, our core muscles are essential to daily safety as these are the muscles that allow to avoid falling.

      I don't mean to preach and I know pain is a detriment to any movement, however, I know movement, especially yoga is so beneficial to all.

      Thank you so much for sharing this with us and keep us updated on your progress.

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Easy Exercise. I do go to my gym classes, though I'm not able to do my home practice yet. I'm still having trouble with the tree pose or any balance pose like the plank, too. You're welcome.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 22 months ago from London UK

      I saw some people doing this on the beach in Italy I really wished I could have joined them - but I can't :( Great hub.

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Giovanna. That must've been awesome. I would've loved to do it on a beach.

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      sujaya venkatesh 21 months ago

      great hub on yoga

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Sujaya! I"ll post a new one this weekend, belatedly!

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