Tips: Practice in a warm, well lit space, at a vigorous pace and intensity. Keep your chest open and lifted, your shoulders dropped and rolled back as you practice. Have a sharp upward gaze. Feel a sense of lightness in your poses. Pause for a moment between your inhalations and exhalations.
Pranayama: Energizing, warming breathing practices to boost energy flow in the body.
Kapalabhati: also known as ‘skull-shining breath’ increases metabolism and energy flow. It helps open your airways, cleanses the lungs, sinuses, and respiratory system. Strengthens the diaphragm and abdominal muscles and stimulates the digestive system.
Surya Bhedana: also known as ‘sun piercing breath’ is right nostril breathing only - it creates energy and heat.
Pratapana (warm ups): Breath of Joy, Pulling Prana, and Spinal Rolls.
Meditation: Warm visualization, Walking Meditation, Loving Kindness Meditation.
Sun Salutations, Warrior I & II, Triangle, Half Moon, Fish, Tree Pose, Bridge & Bow Pose, Plank and Inversions (these poses open the chest and lungs, improve circulation and stimulate digestion).
Sign of Successful Practice: You feel invigorated, and uplifted. Your mind and senses feel clear and any emotional irritation and tension is released!
With more people practicing yoga with on-line virtual classes, there are more injuries taking place. Here are some tips to help you stay safe in your practice:
How can you avoid injuries in yoga?