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Yoga for Beginners 101: Fall Hiatus for Weeks 45-46

Updated on August 24, 2016

Taking a Break

Two weeks ago, I went to my two yoga classes. As of last week, due to my ongoing cold and low immunity, I took those classes off. As of this week, I’m officially going on a gym break for a few weeks, especially since I’ve lost weight in the past year. Since my one-year gym membership expires this weekend, I’ll renew it for another year and go back when I’m feeling better, stronger, and hopefully gain more weight for balancing. As for my home practice for yoga, that’s going to be on hold, until I feel ready enough to try again. When I go back to the gym, I’ll continue my yoga hubs. Until then, my Yoga hubs will be on hold after this one.

The frog pose can be a difficult backbend in yoga for beginners

Losing Ground in Yoga Class

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 and the plank. We’ve added the knee-chest-chin, up dog, down dog, awkward chair pose with the shoulder stretch with 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: the airplane/warrior three pose, the kneeling dancer, the fallen angel pose and the camel pose. Before we’ve finished the session with the corpse pose, we’ve done the reverse table pose and the Happy Baby Pose.

Two weeks ago in my Thursday yoga class, we’ve warmed up with the corpse pose on our backs. We’ve done some stretches with your body and spinal twists, especially by raising one leg up at a time and reaching to our ankles for both sides. We’ve proceeded with the cat-cow, down dog, mountain pose with back bend, and the plank. We’ve did a few rounds with the swan dive and reverse swan dive, the crescent lunge, the cobra and mini-cobras, the up dog. Then we’ve moved forward with the side angle pose, the triangle pose, and the warrior one and two poses, followed up by the tree pose by sliding our leg up to master it. (I’m still having difficulty with it.) We’ve added the fish pose, the frog pose, and the monkey pose into the mix, before we’ve concluded the session with the prayer pose and Namaste!

Note: My Friday yoga class and my Stretch-lates class returned to the schedule this week. As for Yoga-lates, I’ve found out that my instructor who teaches both Stretch-lates and Yoga-lates prefers Stretch-lates. It has moved down from Monday morning to Friday morning on the schedule. I’ll return to these classes, when I’m ready to return somewhere around mid-December or early next year.

A yoga blanket can prop your neck, back and knees for support

Invest into a yoga blanket to take to the gym and use for home practice

Add extra support to your neck or back with a yoga blanket

Mexican blankets bring extra padding and protection for the most difficult yoga poses. They're becoming vary popular, not even with the yoga community. They're durable with a light weave, yet soft and comfortable. Easy to carry and store, but these blankets are easy to wash the soft, absorbent cloth. They're machine washable and easy to care. They're custom-made and come in beautiful color assortments. There's a large variety of colors and striped patterns to choose from.

For an easy prop behind your head, you can roll them up. Or after an intense class, cover yourself with a relaxed savasana. Drape it over your body and tell your body to relax. It can improve the experience of that last savasana a thousand fold. It would relax your lower body and sink into the pose. During the cat-cow pose, it can provide enough cushion for your knees in a most invigorated and comfortable practice, when you can concentrate on your spine. During meditation, fold your blanket and place it under your sitz bones, while this would help your shoulders have no aches. Finally, yoga blankets teaches you to be flexible, too, if you need support here and structured there, you can bend your blanket to fit your needs.


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    • Kristen Howe profile image

      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Diana for stopping by. I hope to update my pi-yo hubs next year--not an easy task--and go back to my yoga classes in a few weeks, weather depending.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I have thought about joining a yoga class but not sure I would be able to twist as much as I see the younger set demonstrating these days. I do hear it is good for developing balance in one's body. Great post and very informative.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're welcome Rabadi. You'll love yoga. Feel free to read my first hub Yoga 101. I've been a yogi for one year.

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      2 years ago from New York

      Very awesome information I am interested in Yoga so this helped me find the foundation in it. Thank you.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Flourish. You're so sweet.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Just wanted to encourage you forward ...