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Yoga for Beginners 101: Summer Countdown for Weeks 33-34

Updated on February 6, 2018

Spring Farewell

While my knee is almost completely better, I’m still taking things real slow with my yoga home practice for next next week. I did take a week off only from my home practice, due to a flare-up in my right knee and lower back. Hopefully, this weekend, I’ll now start modifying the exercises, since my knee is about 95% better. I did take a day off from yesterday’s Friday class, due to crazy summer weather. Since we’re down to the final weeks of spring, it’s time to count down to summer. I do have my medicine leftover from last month, enough to get me by until the end of June, or whenever I need it whenever it flares up, this month.

For my home practice this weekend and next week, I’ll be doing the daily stretches and then adding the standing poses and yoga for arms routine.

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Breaking Tricky Ground in Class

For last Wednesday’s yoga class, we’ve started with some meditation and some various spinal twists and side stretches to warm up the session. Then we’ve gotten down to business with the Sun Salutation sequence a couple of times of cat-cow, down dog, mountain and raise arms, forward fold, plank, knee-chest-chin, upward dog, down dog, the awkward chair pose, another forward fold with a shoulder stretch, and back to mountain on our own and self-paced. Then we’ve did the warrior poses of warrior I and I for both sides, along with the reverse warrior, the side angle pose, the triangle pose, and proceeded to the balancing poses like balancing on one leg and did the eagle pose. As for the tree pose, I’ve altered my tree pose position to below my knee for now. We also added new yoga poses this time around, which were doozies: the big toe lock pose, the dolphin plank, and conditioned ourselves to try to do the headstand, in which I’ve learned in a previous Friday yoga class earlier this week, and came close of doing it. Then we’ve done some final spinal twists and stretches with the cat-cow and down dog with the wheel/bridge poses. We’ve finished the session with the legs up the wall pose, something I’ve learned earlier this year at my Friday yoga class.

For my recent Wednesday yoga class, we’ve started with some meditation and some various spinal twists and side stretches to warm up the session. Then we’ve gotten down to business with the Sun Salutation sequence a couple of times of cat-cow, down dog, mountain and raise arms, forward fold, plank, knee-chest-chin, upward dog, down dog, the awkward chair pose, another forward fold with a shoulder stretch, and back to mountain, when we’ve segued to do a lunge before we’ve done the warrior poses of warrior I and I for both sides, along with the reverse warrior, the side angle pose, the triangle pose, and proceeded to the balancing poses. As for the tree pose, I’ve altered my tree pose position to close my knee for now and did it against the wall. We also added new yoga poses this time around, which were doozies: the eagle pose, the camel pose, the dolphin plank pose, and conditioned ourselves to try to do the headstand, which I passed on, with the bridge/wheel poses. Then we’ve done some final spinal twists and stretches with the cat-cow and down dog. We’ve finished the session with the corpse pose once again.

Note: Last Thursday, my Gentle Yoga class was canceled, since my instructor had surgery and had no sub for the class. Though she filled in my for my Friday class I’ve missed, my yoga instructor on Friday had filled in for her on Thursday in her place. For this Thursda’s yoga class, we’ve started out with the easy sit and some breathing exercises. We’ve done some spinal twists to warm our bodies with some side stretches as well. We’ve began our workout with the lunge and the knee-chest-chin pose, and followed it up with the plank, the cobra, up dog and downward dog for a couple of rounds. We’ve also did some kneeling leg-arm balances and a couple of forward folds with the eagle pose. We’ve done at seated forward bend and seated wide-legged forward fold, the triangle pose, the (supported) bridge pose, some leg extension exercises with the kneeling plank pose, the kneeling lounge pose, before we’ve closed out the session with the corpse pose.

For last Friday’s yoga class, we’ve started out with the easy sit and raised a yoga block in our hands above our heads. We’ve done some spinal twists to warm our bodies with some side stretches as well. We’ve began our workout with the lunge and the knee-chest-chin pose . We’ve followed it up with the plank, the cobra, up dog and downward dog. We’ve also did some kneeling dancer/leg-arm balances and a couple of forward folds with some half-push-up, along with a new difficult pose called the threading the needle pose and the fallen angel pose, which with some half push-ups. We’ve done at seated forward bend and seated wide-legged forward fold, the triangle pose, the bridge pose, some leg extension exercises and the wheel pose, before we’ve closed out the session with the corpse pose. Next Friday is my last Friday yoga class until early September.



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    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Carolyn, you're very welcome. You can do it. There's some yogis in my class who have fibromyalgia too. It helped with my back pain. Keep me posted.

    • CarolynEmerick profile image

      Carolyn Emerick 

      3 years ago

      Hi Kristen, thank you for all of this information! I have been meaning to start doing yoga to help my fibromyalgia and needed some motivation to do it :-)

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Ezzly. My knee is getting there a tiny bit. It did help my back pain tremendously. Thanks for the vote!

    • ezzly profile image

      ezzly 

      3 years ago

      Voted up and awesome, hope your knee is better! Have to say yoga really is wonderful you can be as gentle or as hard on yourself as you like and know that you are making your body more flexible and strong.

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Billy, I'm glad you've returned back to yoga after you hurt your neck. I take breaks too, whenever my back and right knee flares up. Good for you for feeling great. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, I started back up again and then hurt my neck working in the yard...so took two weeks off and now I'm back to doing yoga and feel great. :)

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Alicia. It does flares up every now and then, while I'm low on medicine. Thanks for the kind words.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad your knee is nearly better, Kristen. I hope you recover completely very soon.

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hey Flourish. Give it a try. It's harder than threading the needle. I love learning new yoga poses. Good luck!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      I like that fallen angel pose and will be trying.

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