Yoga practice at home. Some find it easy and preferable to classes in a gym where the atmosphere might be a little frenetic and noisy. Some find the discipline of getting down to yoga at home hard. Here are a few pointers...
Please try these videos at home
Here are a few ideas to get you going, from Sun Salutations to Pranayama. The 'Yoga for Backs' is particularly useful if you have back issues. It is based on a sequence given by a physiotherapist to a young man who had a slipped disk.The music I play often in class is 'Mantra for Healing' by The Sacred Sound Choir. It's on some of these YouTube films as well. You can find it here: http://amzn.to/1ubVhfI
Sun Salutations 3A and 3B
Sun salutations, as the name implies, bestows positivity. Not just for the name which inevitably conjures up dawning imagery but also in the beneficial effects of the movements. The lifting of the arms, broadening the chest, elongating the spine all speak of opening and empowering. The whole routine has some weight/resistance training, gentle cardiovascular training and loosening of joints and stretching of muscles.
Back Strengthening And Stretching
A gentle workout to help recover from back problems. (If you've suffered a slipped disc, see a physio before exercising.)
Yoga For The Morning
This is less than 10 minutes. It may warm you up nicely so that you'll want to click on another film and do more. You may feel that this is enough. Either way, you can't go wrong.
15 Minutes Yoga to beat Fatigue
When you can't fit in a full practice, when you're not sure what energy stocks you have, do this. Rest a lot and breathe a lot.
Just a quickie: Hamstrings
A nice Yin Yoga technique to ease the hamstrings into a gentle stretch. Do 4/5 minutes each side. You should completely relax when doing this. No strain in the neck. Move the belt up away from the neck if you have strain.
There are suggestions of other stretches for the legs and back to finish.
Unfortunately, you don't get to choose when the hamstrings stretch! You just get to show up and do the work. The hamstrings will stretch when they choose. Here are a few things you can do. Patience is the main thing!
This film starts with a seated forward fold but, if you can't do that, there are other suggestions later on.
Seven minutes of breathing technique including Alternate Nostril Breathing