Yoga for Beginners 101: Fall Breeze for Weeks 44-45
Taking it Slow
During the past two weeks, I’ve still continued to go to my Yoga classes, just to get even more stronger and to rebuild up stamina. I’m still feeling a bit tired with my ongoing “summer cold”, and will try to resume my home practice sometime this fall, probably early October like next weekend. I’m taking it things slow and at my own pace and hope to pick up momentum soon. Last week, I took a week off for some needed down time.
Doing the Crescent Moon Pose is a Great Stretch in Yoga for the Whole Body
Breaking Tricky Ground in Yoga
Two weeks ago during Wednesday’s yoga class, we’ve warmed up with the easy sit and proceeded to do some various spinal twists and side stretches on both sides. From there, we’ve started the Sun Salutation sequence with a few rounds of cat-cow, down dog, mountain and back bend, forward fold, plank. We’ve added the knee-chest-chin, up dog, down dog, awkward chair pose with the shoulder stretch of another forward fold. We’ve moved onto the warrior one and two sequences with the reverse warrior, triangle and titled side angle poses. Besides the tree pose, she added a couple of new poses for that routine: tilted cow, child’s pose, the eagle, the crane and the crow poses. Before we’ve finished the session with the corpse pose.
For Wednesday yoga class two weeks ago, we’ve had our usual substitute yoga instructor, since it was her birthday and took the evening off. We’ve sat in our easy sit and performed some warm-up exercises with the various spinal twists and side stretches on both sides. Then we’ve did the Sun Salutations with the cat-cow, down dog, mountain with back bend, forward fold, plank, knee-chest-chin, up and down dog with the cobra, the forward fold with a shoulder stretch, and back to mountain, a couple of times. From there, we’ve went through the Warrior poses of Warriors One and Two, Reverse Warrior, triangle pose and side angle pose with the binds, half and full. Athen we’ve proceeded to the Moon Salutation sequence with the mountain and back bend, star pose, crescent moon, half moon pose, lunge forward and lunge back, child’s pose, plank and reverse plank and the side plank. Then we’ve proceeded to do the tree pose, the kneeling dancer pose, the fallen angel pose, the reverse table pose, bridge pose, and closed it out Happy Baby/Corpse pose.
Three weeks ago in my Thursday yoga class, we’ve laid down on our backs and worked on some spinal twists to warm our bodies with side stretches. We’ve done some hip opener exercises with our legs. We’ve began with the swan dive, and proceeded to the knee-chest-chin pose with the mini cobra pose, the plank and side planks, the cobra, a few up and down dogs. After we reversed the swan dive, we went into the crescent lunge and went back to down dog for the three-legged dog pose, and with the kneeling dancer. We’ve done some forward folds and wide-legged straddles, along with the warrior one and two poses, the triangle and side angle pose, and an extended child’s pose. Before we ended the class, we’ve done a couple of bridges and finished with Namaste.
For my Thursday yoga class, two weeks ago, we’ve started out with the corpse pose, some spinal twists and side stretches with our legs to warm up the session. We’ve used some hip opener exercises and stretched with the cat-cow and a couple of down dogs and a child’s pose. We’ve proceeded to do the forward folds after the knee-chest-chin pose, the mini cobra pose, and a few planks and side planks. We’ve did a few crescent lunges with the up dog, cobra pose, and the three-legged dog pose. We’ve went through the warrior one and two sequence with the side angle and triangle poses and finished with the big toe lock poses with the camel pose, the shoulder bridge pose, and then the locust pose to end the session.
Note: My Friday yoga class, my Stretch-lates and my Yoga-lates classes will return in two weeks, sometime this October. It didn't start, two weeks ago as I planned, since the new fall gym schedule haven't changed. While my Friday yoga class is a constant, I’m only going to do Stretch-lates and Yoga-lates, twice a month, this fall.