May 01, 2014
It’s a little like swimming…
There are 8 ways to do yoga (what is also referred to as the 8 limbs of yoga). Poses (asanas) is but one of them. The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, which means “to join”. Yoga is about uniting your mind and body. Being fully present with yourself.
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I view a daily practice of yoga as similar to swimming towards a new shore. Each thought you have and each action that you pose with the intention to be healthier is a swimming stroke. No matter how small, if you are consistent, you are moving yourself closer to your goal with increased momentum.
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Even if you feel apprehensive or undisciplined about making the changes you need to make, take that first step of actually starting and remind yourself that the best is yet to come.
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Just because your mind cannot imagine the specific ways in which what you want will finally happen, it does not mean that it can’t. Just keep ”swimming”…
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This month I’m taking you to the beach for some sun! A sun salutation. I love Surya Namaskara because it is a great way to wake up your body in the morning, stimulate inner flow as well as the body’s glands through a brief sequence of simple movements.
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As I tell my students in class, this sequence is an opportunity to celebrate yourself by acknowledging all that you know you can be. Celebrating your potential is the first step to unlocking it. 
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Here’s the sequence:
(10 steps /7 asanas)
samasthiti
stretch up
frontbend
straightspine
frontplatform
cobra
trianglepose
an alternative to triangle pose in this sequence:
BabyPose
from triangle pose, take a step forward, then join both feet.
frontbend
stretch up
samasthiti
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