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Yoga for Beginners 101: Summer Power for Weeks 39-40

Updated on December 9, 2016

Still Taking it Easy with Practice

During this mid-summer season, I’ve continued going to my yoga classes, while I’m still regaining my strength. I’ll start my home practice for yoga, since this weekend with the daily stretch routine, the sun and the moon salutations, after I took a few months off, due to my sprained knee this spring. I’ll add a new pose to my routines for something different and have recently learned this past months.

Meditation is essential before and after yoga class to find the perfect way to find peace and balance

Breaking Harder Ground in Yoga Class

Last week in my 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 the eagle pose. As for the tree pose, I’ve altered my tree pose position to below my knee for now. We also added these new poses: the bow pose, the cactus pose, the fish pose, and the bird of paradise pose.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 corpse pose.

For this 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 first with 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, The we’ve did the lunge and the Warrior poses, with the side angle pose with half binds, and the triangle pose. We’ve did the revolved triangle pose, the half moon pose. Then we’ve done some final spinal twists and stretches with the cat-cow and down dog. Then we’ve done the bridge/wheel/plough poses, which was our choice. (I did one of each.) We’ve finished the session with the corpse pose once again.


Last week in Thursday’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 corpse pose, and some hip opener leg exercises, and the knee-chest-chin pose, and followed it up with the inchworm pose, the plank, the cobra, up dog and downward dog for a couple of rounds. We’ve also did some some crescent lungs with swan dives, the kneeling leg-arm balances and a couple of forward folds with the eagle pose. We’ve done the threading the needle pose, the triangle pose, the reverse bridge pose, some leg extension exercises with the side plank pose on both sides, like the straight leg stretch pose, before we’ve closed out the session with the corpse pose.

For yesterday’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 corpse pose, and some hip opener leg exercises, and the knee-chest-chin pose, and followed it up with the inchworm pose, 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 crescent lunge, swan dive and reverse swan dives. We’ve done the threading the needle pose, the warrior one and two poses, triangle pose, the bridge pose, some leg extension exercises with the side plank pose on both sides, the dolphin plank, before we’ve closed out the session with the happy baby pose.

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    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks! I hope to do more when I return to the gym after my hiatus.

    • stricktlydating profile image

      StricktlyDating 

      3 years ago from Australia

      Great yoga Hubs!

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Patricia, yeah for you in yoga. I love meditation in the end too. You're very welcome. I'll be doing one this weekend and my belated Pilates hub too.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Kristen Yoga has become a part of my life now that my great niece (I wrote a hub about her and her new book) has introduced me to it. I have been told many times to try it and now I am 'in.'

      The meditation part for me is such a lovely time for me to begin my day and for me to take time out from a day as I am certain you must get.

      thank you for sharing your yoga experiences with us.

      Angels are on the way to you ps.

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Audrey. It'll be a year in October.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Congratulations on the progress you have made in your yoga practice!

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      You're very welcome Marlene, It takes some time to get used to, when you're in a routine. Keep me posted on your yoga journey and get started at home with about.com's quick-start yoga guide.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      I'm thinking of taking up yoga and these poses for beginners gives me hope that I can do yoga with some ease. Thank you.

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks for your comments, Flourish, It's a real easy pose to do.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      That awkward chair pose sounds interesting. Not that I could do it, (I'm too awkward.) I'd just like to see someone else do it.

    • Kristen Howe profile imageAUTHOR

      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Alicia for coming by and visiting. Yeah, their names are pretty amusing--especially since they share the same as Pilates, too. I hope to do some home yoga practice this weekend.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You certainly do a lot of yoga exercises, Kristen! I love their names - they're very intriguing.

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