Wednesday, September 2, 2009

30 minutes of yoga a day....

Today is day 3 of my everyday yoga adventure. I can only do a limited amount of poses right now, so about 30 minutes is pretty reasonable.

Suggestions for relaxing and getting into the "yoga mood" for busy people:

1. Turn the lights down, have only natural lighting coming into your room and maybe the light of a few candles. It helps lessen distractions.

2. Try streaming Pandora. They have a pre-made "Spa" channel that is perfect for relaxation and focus.

3. Aromatherapy can do amazing things! Try using a scent that is calming (I like lavender) and have it around everytime you are trying to relax. The smell will eventually help your body get into a heightened state of relaxation faster because your body will associate calm with that scent.

4. Try going on a walk afterward. Meditation can highten your awareness of sounds and smells and make your morning walk a bit more interesting.

Yoga Noob? Try GIAM videos. I like these because they have modifications in the videos for beginners and vary the level of difficulty.

If you are in Tulsa, drop by the Yoga Room on Brookside or another walk-in yoga class and try it out. Most drop in classes cost around $15, but if you like it you can buy packages where the classes end up being about $10 a piece (not bad for all the health benefits and stress relief it can provide!)

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