Daily Yoga

Posted by: Lisa Shea

Daily Yoga - 11/29/12 08:39 PM

I highly recommend looking for ways to incorporate even short yoga routines into your daily life. It can greatly help with muscle aches and with your ability to focus and sleep.

My ideal is an hour each morning, but I do strive at least to do ten minutes if I can't get that in.

You can do easy simple things even at your computer. Imagine you are making a golden halo with the top of your head, in a clockwise direction. Then reverse.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 12/05/12 03:39 AM

Our kitchen has become a staging area for the things I'm selling on ebay so now I've run out of yoga space smile. Time to work on that. I miss doing the yoga!
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 12/13/12 11:02 PM

Hurrah! I have now cleared out the kitchen area again. The old computer we were working on on the kitchen table has been donated to the local senior center, along with a large box full of old keyboards, power supplies, and so on. So that is done!

I've sold most of our old receivers / stereo equipment on ebay. The few remaining items are listed on Amazon and ebay and are going into the spare room until they get bought.

There's just a few items left in the kitchen to move to their proper homes, and then I can actually vacuum and clean the floor! And I can do yoga again. Hurrah!
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/02/13 08:41 AM

I haven't gotten back into a daily routine yet, but I am getting better at least. I'd say it's probably every three days right now. My wake-sleep schedule is fairly odd so it depends what time of day I wake up, and how much is on my to-do list.

Chime in if you do any sort of yoga! I'd love to hear what poses you enjoy.
Posted by: jilly

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/03/13 01:19 AM

Every three days is pretty good. I've been neglecting my desire to do yoga for over a year now. frown

Right now I will do a stretch pose! I am in bed, but there are still stretches I can do....

okay, I just did a handful. That felt nice on my lower back.
Posted by: jilly

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/03/13 05:38 PM

Going to do a few Yoga in Bed stretches again, right now!

I think my biggest issue with all this is lack of accountability. NO one cares or notices if I do anything, except myself. As it turns out, that isn't enough motivation for me. frown
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/18/13 08:22 PM

Dear Jilly -

Feel free to post in the forum, if you enjoy external motivation!

I have gotten into a nice routine where I do about an hour of yoga each morning. I definitely feel more awake and energized afterwards. Also I notice my flexibility and strength improving each day, which is nice. It's a built in motivator, since I want to see if I can stretch just a bit further each time.

Maybe try that? Set a fun goal for yourself?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/24/13 08:31 PM

I've been doing yoga for about an hour each morning and enjoy it immensely.

Here's my routine I do. If anybody knows the names to poses, please let me know! I did my best to figure out what they are.

Lisa's Daily Yoga Routine

standing side twist -
rotate with arms hanging loose so they flop like coat sleeves on body - 20 rotations

stretch up and back

hang my arms down to touch the ground. Then fold my arms to deepen the stretch. Nod five times. Shake my head five times.

standing crescent moon -
odd, this seems to have several names. The one where you stand tall and curve your body left or right. So someone standing in front of you sees a letter C (or reverse C)

Tree pose / Vrksasana -
I love this pose. I do it for a while on one foot, then relax for a moment on both, then for a while on the other foot.

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Sun Salutation Series / Surya Namaskar -

OK this is a sequence in and of itself. I do the whole set two times, once with each leg leading. My set includes:

Stretch up and back

stretch down to the ground

Raise back to diagonally point up, hands on knees

Stretch down to ground again

Put one leg back

Put other leg back to Downward Facing Dog - Adho Mukha Svanasana
- "walk the dog" - release tension in one leg while pressing into other, and switching

Shifting weight forward into plank

Dropping hips down into cobra / Bhujangasana

shifting weight back into downward facing dog

bringing foot forward between hands to what I think of as a hurdler's stretch

stand back up

hand motion 1 - interlace fingers loosely before chest pointing forward, rotate them down, towards chest, up. Bring both hands up to sky and out wide to either wide, then down and back to chest. Do twice.

hand motion 2 - my yoga teacher called this "heart opening namaste". Have both hands at chest, pointing towards teach other, thumbs towards the chest. Sweep them forward and out to the sides. Then rotate the thumbs to point up and bring the hands back in a wide swoop forward then in to the chest.

repeat.

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Warrior 2 sequence / Virabhadrasana II

Start in Warrior 2 - but up in a triangle. Settle down into warrior 2. Back up to triangle. Do this three times to really settle down into the warrior 2 pose.

Turn both hands palm-up, imagine you're holding a giant ball, and rotate back so your front hand is towards the sky and your back one is down.

Lean the forward fore-arm down on your forward leg. Rotate the back arm forward in a big circle three times. End with it pointing forward.

Look down, then right, then up

Rotate that "free arm" (the one not on your leg) up and back so it's loose. At the same time, rotate the on-leg arm so it's pointing straight up. Your legs are now a triangle.

Lace your hands behind you and stretch them down, as you lean forward.

repeat.

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Now back to simpler things smile.

Warrior 1 on both sides.

Next, a back stretch. Stand with feet warrior-1 width apart but both pointing towards left side of mat. For 15 seconds simply stand, then for 15 seconds fold to touch ground.

Another back stretch. Simply squat with hands around knees for 30 seconds.

cat-cow / Marjaryasana
for 10 rounds (happens to be a back stretch too but is a normal part of yoga)

extended child pose / Garbhasana
30 seconds. Also happens to be a back stretch

rolling cat-cow
for 10 rounds. Start in extended child pose, roll up to cow, arch to cat, fall back into extended child pose.

extended child pose / garbhasana
yes again smile

cross-legged stretch
the final back stretch. Interlace fingers and reach for sky for 30 seconds

seated spinal twist / half lord of the fishes / Ardha Matsyendrasana
both sides. I love this one.

hurdler's stretch
have one leg forward, the other bent back. First lean forward over forward knee. Then lay back flat on mat. Both sides.

laying spinal twist
lay on back. fold right knee, use left hand to press it towards the left. Stretch right arm out straight right, look right. Switch.

laying goddess pose
put feet soles together with legs laying flat on floor out to either side. Put palms together above head, on floor.

bridge pose / Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Hold the bridge, then slowly lower the spine down vertebrae by vertebrae to the mat. I love this part.

Shavasana
simply let everything go

cross-legged with hands palm-up on knees
- with crown of head make five halos clockwise, then counter-clockwise
- with nose, trace an orange first clockwise, then counter-clockwise

hands to heart

namaste
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/28/13 02:22 PM

A lovely yoga session while snowflakes danced and spun outside my window. The bluebirds are stocking up on suet to prepare! I got video smile
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/04/13 05:05 PM

Yoga is a great way to start the day. My spine feels so nice when I'm finished. Namaste.
Posted by: jilly

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/04/13 07:12 PM

I'm glad this thread is here as a reminder. I will be re-watching Cloud Atlas tonite, with Dan, and will have plenty of time while it play to do some yoga and post in this forum.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/05/13 08:43 PM

A lovely yoga session - wow, much different doing it mid-day after my shake! I felt much stronger and integrated with the poses.
Posted by: jilly

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/09/13 03:41 PM

I did some nice easy stretching yoga last night, watching project runway. Maybe i will walk around the pond today and do some more.
Posted by: Gumman

Re: Daily Yoga - 07/10/13 06:34 PM

I am newbie here, well, there are many pose to do yoga but my favorite pose is yoga. Early morning yoga is very beneficial for your calmness. Yes you are right that yoga is a great way to start a day..
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/27/13 09:45 AM

A lovely #yoga session on my back porch - but last night's massive rainstorm seems to have swept away the cute tree frog. I can't find him! I hope he's all right. I did see many dragonflies.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/29/13 05:58 PM

Preparing for my 10pm meditation. I think I'll meditate on breath tonight. How about you? Join me in serenity! #meditate
Posted by: jilly

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/30/13 08:39 PM

I had a great yoga class yesterday that was much harder than i am used to. No real rests and no savasana. I missed the savasana more than i thought i would.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/31/13 12:04 PM

Jilly -

It is great that you tried a yoga class. We learn something new from every new instructor.

I agree that I greatly enjoy savasana and would miss it if it was completely missing from a session. I always have a savasana at the end of my sessions.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 09/01/13 10:47 AM

Had a lovely #yoga session - the cute tree frog is gone again, but it rained last night. Maybe he simply has somewhere dry he goes to.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 01/29/14 04:12 AM

A lovely #yoga session. I haven't done a full one in a while. Plus the birds were flying steadily at the feeder. A lovely start to the day.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/01/14 09:17 AM

I love my morning yoga sessions. My spine and hamstrings feel so much better afterwards. They crave the stretching. I had a relaxing one this morning in the kitchen, where I can see the bird feeders while I move. It's a great start to the day.

Do you guys do yoga?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/03/14 07:05 AM

Lovely yoga session this morning; joints and spine feel so much better now. Now to tackle the 1,699 msgs in my inbox. Having my EAS shake.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/04/14 06:44 AM

A lovely yoga session with birds at the two feeders. I'm doing better at plank, too - I have 2 rounds of it during the sun salutations.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/04/14 07:09 AM

Here's my current routine:

Forward Standing Section
* Standing gently turning arm-flapping-like-open-coat-sleeves, 20 count, a la Kripalu.
* Moon pose, left and right
* Bend back, then bend forward to floor
* Tree pose, left and right
* Sun salutation, 2 rounds
... includes downward-facing dog, plank, cobra, and other poses

Side Standing Section
Warrior Pose II
... includes sub-poses like side angle pose
Warrior Pose I
Hanging triangle

Middle Section
Tucked squat
Lord of the Fishes left and right
Cat-Cow 10x
Extended Child Pose
Rolling Cat-Cow 10x
Extended Child Pose

Floor Section
Hurdler's Stretch, forward back, left right
Spinal twist - knee to one side, arm outstretched to other, left right
Dead bug pose
Bridge pose with very slow release
savasana
Lotus position, 5 halos each way, 5 nose circles each way
Namaste
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/06/14 07:45 AM

A lovely morning yoga session. Birds at all the feeders, and my hamstrings are stretching a bit more each day! A great start to a sunny day.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/07/14 08:25 AM

A lovely, sunny yoga session, and Juliet the cat came over to help me, too smile. How is your day going? #yoga #serenity
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/11/14 07:01 AM

A lovely yoga session this morning; Juliet the cat helped me with cat-cow. Bob braved the frigid cold to bring seed and suet to the birds.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/12/14 11:30 AM

It's been a whirlwind day - I haven't even been able to post about my morning yoga yet smile. It was lovely! Lots to do. One step at a time.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/16/14 12:28 PM

Back on my night schedule; woke up at 2pm. A lovely yoga session with sunlight streaming through the window. Then organized my watercolors. Bob got me some lovely bins and binders so everything's neat now. Excellent. Next up, a final read-through of my latest 10-chapter novella so I can hand that over to the reviewers.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 02/17/14 11:06 AM

A much-needed yoga session. Various stresses in my life ease away while holding downward facing dog and plank pose. #yoga #stressmanagement
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 03/24/14 12:18 PM

Began my day with a lovely yoga session. My body feels so much better after stretching and gently twisting. It has meditation built in too! Do you guys do any daily stretching?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 03/24/14 12:44 PM

Earth Yoga Leggings - these are what I wore for today's yoga session - quite pretty!



Earth Yoga Leggings review

What do you like to wear when you're active?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 03/25/14 11:13 AM

A wonderful yoga session - Bob is mixing music for his band so I had a beautiful soundtrack to stretch with. The best of all worlds! #yoga
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 03/27/14 12:48 PM

Tested what yoga I could do if I didn't have a mat handy. Always good to explore the options. Yoga each day is good for the spine!
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 04/24/14 10:07 AM

Did my morning yoga routine today after a 2 week break. It felt SO good to stretch. My spine and neck absolutely needed it. My neck was incredibly crinkly.

What yoga have you done recently?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 04/27/14 11:57 AM

#Yoga today reminded me why it's important to stretch daily. When I don't, my muscles tighten back up noticeably. A little each day helps!
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 04/28/14 07:44 AM

A quite relaxing #yoga session this morning - my spine feels so happy when I'm done. I want to go out dancing smile. But lots to do today!
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 04/29/14 09:07 AM

Runners talk about a "runner's high", but I think I'm floating in my "yoga high" after a lovely session. My spine is singing in contentment.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 04/30/14 07:09 AM

Each day during my yoga session I can hold plank just a little bit longer. Step by step - it adds up! How are you doing today? #yoga
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/01/14 07:23 AM

Happy May Day everyone! I love May Day. It celebrates spring and a fresh start on our goals and dreams. I had a lovely yoga session today smile
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/02/14 12:58 PM

My body likes yoga. I've gained about 1/4" in height since I got home and began daily yoga again. My cartilage is content. #yoga And did you know they can now 3D-print cartilage? Cool!

DailyMail UK / 3D Printing of Cartilage
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/04/14 09:52 AM

A fantastic yoga session. All of a sudden I had a wealth of ideas for the third mystery book I'm writing. After days of being stuck!
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/05/14 10:06 AM

Today's yoga was wonderful, restful, stretching, and decorated with hummingbirds smile. A perfect way to begin the week. #yoga #hummingbirds
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/06/14 11:37 AM

Someone suggested I try Tiger Balm on my shoulders before yoga today. It only tingled a little. Maybe it's old? It's the tube kind. #yoga
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/06/14 01:07 PM

Here's the list of my yoga routine I do each morning. It takes 45m to 1 hour -

My Yoga Routine
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/09/14 11:48 AM

Tried yoga with Tiger Balm Ultra on my shoulders. It was good, but not "really" different. Maybe because my yoga top is a halter? #yoga I should try it with a regular t-shirt, to hold in the heat.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/12/14 11:24 AM

Juliet the cat is a great assistant with yoga poses. Here she helps me with extended child pose. #yoga #serenity

Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/13/14 01:19 PM

I had a little visitor watching my yoga today - this is a European Paper Wasp - an invasive species here in Mass.

Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/14/14 03:09 PM

I had the most wonderful yoga session today - the first on my back porch this year. A hummingbird hovered right in front of my face! smile
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/14/14 03:21 PM

Here's my yoga space, on my back deck. Pepper plants, rosemary plant, hummingbird and suet feeder, kitty on leash smile. The pepper plants and rosemary plant are several years old - we bring them in each winter. They've only been outside for a week or two.

Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/14/14 04:28 PM

Here's my "pet" hummingbird who hangs out at my window all day. She's so cute!

Hummingbird Video
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/23/14 12:23 PM

A wonderful yoga session today. The back yard is verdant and lovely. Feeling blessed, kitty is healthy, Bob is healthy. Namaste.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/27/14 12:14 PM

I had a wonderful yoga session today - it was too hot to do it on the back porch. Funny how the seasons change so quickly. It seems like it was just spring. How is your Tuesday?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 05/31/14 12:05 PM

An absolutely beautiful yoga session today on the back porch. Butterflies, hummingbirds, Julie the cat sprawled at my side. Bliss.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 06/03/14 05:27 PM

A busy day. Finally getting to post that yes, I had a yoga session on my back porch when I began. Julie snoozed in the shade by my side. It was just so peaceful. It was fairly hot out, though - I had to set up my yoga mat under the shade of the umbrella. And summer's barely here!
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 06/04/14 01:25 PM

Misty and cool today - perfect for a back porch yoga session. The hummingbirds flitted in and out, enjoying the nectar. A lovely day. #yoga Have you done any stretching today? Now's the perfect time to do some gentle neck exercises!
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 06/09/14 02:57 PM

I had a lovely yoga session on the back porch. Hummingbirds kept me company - and Bob fixed the mower! We have a fire pit again! Happy. I had thought the helicopters flying overhead were preparing for Obama's visit on Wednesday, but it turns out a man was lost in the nearby forest. Bob and I headed over to help with the effort - fortunately a K9 unit found him and all was resolved. So all in all a good day.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 06/14/14 04:29 PM

Simply lovely dusk yoga session with hummingbirds coming over to visit me. Idyllic. Every day deserves a little #yoga in it. Do you yoga?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 06/16/14 03:05 PM

Had a wonderful indoor yoga session today - the living room is clean! Plenty of space! Who knows how long this will last smile.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 06/19/14 04:18 PM

Amazing day. Where to begin. Yoga was wonderful on the back porch. Now listening to folk music in the dusk; cardinals are singing along.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 06/25/14 03:30 PM

A fantastic back porch yoga session - hummingbirds flew down to peer in curiosity at Juliet the cat. She peered back. Serenity smile. Bob mentions, though, that this is training the hummingbirds that cats are friendly, peaceful creatures, which may not be in their best interest.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 06/30/14 01:35 PM

A beautiful yoga session on my back porch - The first three day lilies are open! I know the butterflies will love them. Serenity. #yoga
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 07/11/14 01:55 PM

My start-of-day yoga session was lovely. A hummingbird flitted around my head, examining the marigolds and rose plant. JulieCat at my side.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 07/13/14 05:56 PM

The day's been a whirl! I did do my yoga when I woke up - quite lovely. Peaceful, gentle breezes, relaxing on my back porch. #yoga
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 07/14/14 02:13 PM

My lovely yoga session even included a gentle restorative shower at the end of it smile. Julie wasn't quite so fond of the overhead sprinklers.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 07/21/14 02:30 PM

Not enough time for a full yoga session today but I at least did a short amount. It's always better to do some rather than none. #yoga
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 07/28/14 02:47 PM

A lovely, lovely yoga session on the back porch. Hummingbirds flitting, Juliet stretching, bees buzzing, and marigolds. Soak in life. #yoga
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/20/14 08:23 AM

What a beautiful day! I enjoyed my back-porch yoga with hummingbirds, JulieCat, morning glories, cosmos, chickadees, and gentle breezes. Are you soaking in the sun?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/21/14 07:33 AM

A lovely yoga session on the back porch. Cool for August. I never put my AC in my office window this year. Are we having a strange year? I certainly appreciate August being so temperate - but does this mean we'll have a frigid winter?
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/22/14 07:56 AM

A simply beautiful yoga session this morning. Idyllic weather. Hummingbirds. A friendly slug. Gentle breezes. Peppers are getting red. #yoga
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/24/14 07:10 AM

A stunningly beautiful August morning for my back porch yoga. Treasuring the hummingbirds - I know they'll be heading south soon. #yoga
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 08/26/14 11:00 AM

What beautiful weather. My yoga session on the back porch was idyllic. JulietCat sprawled alongside me. I have a pink morning glory, too!
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 09/04/14 09:55 AM

A lovely yoga session on the back porch - gorgeous weather - but found out one of my 10-yr-plus editors passed away. Very sad news. It reminds me to treasure each day and to let those I care for know that I do.
Posted by: Lisa Shea

Re: Daily Yoga - 09/12/14 10:40 AM

Had a beautiful morning yoga. Definitely needed it - my spine has been creaking. Still have hummingbirds. They'll be migrating soon. #yoga