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Trying to do yoga while a cat twines around me, meowing for attention. Not so bad on the standing poses, but when I get a faceful of tail in downward dog....

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oscuridad
Dec. 1st, 2003 05:01 pm (UTC)
hahah. yoga. cool :) I am trying to get back into it again, but I have trouble concentrating when I am practicing on my own. Much easier in a class when I can just do what the teacher says. Sounds like you practice on your own, what's the secret?
jnanacandra
Dec. 1st, 2003 05:29 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm taking private lessons once a week with a friend of mine who's also a yoga instructor. The rest of the time I have been practicing on my own, but I've only been doing maybe a half hour at a time. It's hard to keep myself doing it, but my back has been giving me more and more problems if I don't, so that's kept me at it so far :)

Let me know if you want the routine I do, it's pretty easy, but extendable if I find myself with extra energy/time.
oscuridad
Dec. 1st, 2003 05:52 pm (UTC)
yeah, that would be excellent :) I don't think I'm fit enough at the moment to do a full 90 min class, so a 30 min routine would be great. I went to a 90 min ashtanga class at my gym a few weeks ago and couldn't lift my arms for three days afterwards!
jnanacandra
Dec. 6th, 2003 02:17 pm (UTC)
Here's the basic 20-minute routine:

mountain pose: 5 breaths
forward bend: 5 breaths
cat/cow stretch: 5 rounds
downward dog: 5 breaths
child's pose: 3 breaths
2 full rounds of sun salutations
warrior II: 5 breaths each side
tree pose: 5 breaths each side
locust: 5 breaths
bridge: 5 breaths
spinal twist (maricyasana): 3-5 breaths each side
corpse pose: 3 minutes

I sometimes add in the Triangle, Boat, and Staff poses; and Camel and Rabbit near the end if I'm feeling ambitious. And of course you can do each of these poses longer or repeat them as desired.

I know a lot of the poses have different names, so if you're not sure which ones I'm talking about I can attempt to describe or find links :)
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