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Yoga for Beginners 101: Summer Stamina for Weeks 37-38

Updated on August 23, 2016

Taking it Easy

During this mid-summer season and after a few weeks off, I’ve returned back on my yoga classes last week, while I’m regaining my strength. I’m going to start doing my home practice for yoga, hopefully next week, when I’m feeling better and strong enough by doing yoga daily on my off-days. While I still have a summer cold with fatigue and an occasional flare-up in my back and my right sprained knee from time to time.

A cold pack can help bring down swelling for any sprained injury on your body

Threading the needle is a tricky exercise to do on the mat

Doing the awkward chair pose is great for balancing and stretching your arms

Breaking newer ground in yoga class

After three weeks off from 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 the fallen angel pose once again.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 and triangle pose. We’ve did the crow pose for the first time, (something I’ve learned last fall and still not able to do), the kneeling dancer pose, and the camel pose. 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.


For last 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 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 last 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 kneeling leg-arm balances and a couple of forward folds. We’ve done the threading the needle pose, the warrior one and two poses, 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 side planks in four different levels for both sides, and a couple of forward folds. We’ve done the warrior one and two poses, the triangle pose, the reverse bridge pose, some leg extension exercises with the kneeling side plank pose on both sides, like the straight leg stretch pose, and warrior three, before we’ve closed out the session with the corpse pose.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 21 months ago

      I used to do Yoga, but health issues got in the way (not easy to do yoga from a wheelchair, lol). But I'm back on my feet now and starting to get stronger, stand and walk longer, I should really start yoga again, it would be great for rebuilding my strength and coordination. You have inspired me, great hub.

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      WiccanSage, I'm so glad you're trying to do yoga. I do know that there was one handicapped yogi in my Friday class, since she used a walker. Give it a try at class first and go at your own pace. Thanks so much!

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      Linda Crampton 21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It sounds like your back and knee are a bit better, Kristen. I hope they continue to improve.

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Alicia. They're getting there.

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      FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

      Spinal twists sound challenging then I looked at that thread the needle pose. I can hear my back cracking from here.

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Aww. It's a tricky pose like the fallen angel pose. You just lean on one side of your body. Spinal twists are pretty easy for a stretch. Thanks Flourish.

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      FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

      I'm exercising vicariously through you, Kristen! (I do the treadmill with vigor but MS makes me hurt so much that if I got down on the floor in a yoga pose I'd need help to get up.)

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Aww Flourish, you're a sweetheart. Hugs for your ordeal. I haven't been on a treadmill in years--my mother used to have one, long time ago, before I moved to Ohio. Great way to stay in shape. Hugs!

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      Dianna Mendez 20 months ago

      I admire your ability to perform these tasks. I would be excited if I could do even one plank. Best wishes as you proceed with your yoga.

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      Kristen Howe 20 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Diana. I appreciate your comments. I hope to renew my gym membership in October for one more year that I can afford to do.

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      Linda Bilyeu 18 months ago from Orlando, FL

      You are quite an inspiration to those who never tried yoga. I know your posts serve as great reminders to do my daily workout! :)

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      Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Hey Linda. Thanks so much for the kind words. I'm on gym break now and resume yoga in a few weeks.

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      Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Linda. You're so sweet. Go for it. I hope to resume yoga in December or January after my gym break is over.

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