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Some of these quick tips may help you start and stick with your personal yoga practice.
- Keep things simple and manageable, so you can get into the routine of doing yoga at home
- Ask yourself the questions below (your answers will give you a picture of what a manageable yoga practice routine could be for you):
- How many times per week can I do my home yoga practice?
- How many minutes on average can I commit to?
- Which time of day am I likely to have no interruptions and a quiet time?
- Include sun salutations to warm-up if you have time and are doing an energetic practice
- Make sure to include several of the foundation postures such as:
- Virabhadrasana 1, 2 and 3 (warrior poses)
- Trikonasana (extended triangle)
- Utthita Parsvakonasana (extended side angle)
- Vrkasana (tree)
- Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward dog)
- Utkatasana (chair)
- High lunge / crescent lunge
- Marichyasana 3 (sage pose / seated twist one leg extended)
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (bridge)
- Bhujangasana (cobra)
- Salambha Bhujangasana (sphinx)
- If you’re in doubt about how to do a more challenging pose ask your teacher first
- Include poses to cool you down before Savasana (corpse).
- Be consistent even if its a few minutes every day. A better strategy for success is a goal of 10 minutes of yoga every day, rather than one hour once a week.
- Do this pose in every single practice. Do you know which pose I’m about to say? Yes, Savasana. Savasana is when your body, mind and spirit integrates the practice you’ve just completed.
- Create a special place for your practice. One of the challenges many people face to making their yoga dream a reality is finding a place to practice in their home.
- Create an uncluttered yoga space at home, even if your home environment is small or shared.
- Tidy-up the night before, so your space is ready and prepared for the morning.
- If you share, let the people you share with know when you’re practicing and for how long. If you feel able to, let them know it’s important that you’re not disturbed by noise or interruptions.
- Lay-out which clothes you’re going to practice in before you go to bed
- If noise is an issue, create a yoga music playlist instead. Or you may be able to zone-in to your practice so much that you don’t notice your surroundings.
- Motivate yourself with a theme or focus each month
- Yoga philosophy teaches us about the importance of non-attachment to goals (Vairagya in Sanskrit). If you are an asana fan and want to master a particular pose, set an intention to work towards this pose rather than making it a goal to achieve. Cultivate a sense of being OK with wherever you’re at.
Pose names in Sanskrit and English
• Anjaneyasana / Low Lunge
• Crescent Lunge (sometimes called High Lunge)
• Virabhadrasana 1 / Warrior 1
• Parsvottanasana / Pyramid
• Pavritta Trikonasana / Revolved Triangle
• Virabhadrasana 3 / Warrior 3
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I’m not one for exact measurements so use your own taste-bud judgement.
- 1 or 2 tall glasses of filtered or bottled water depending on the consistency you prefer
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- 1 medium size banana
- 2-4 handfuls of frozen berries of your choosing e.g. blueberry, raspberry, strawberry
- Couple handfuls of raw greens or you can steam them! e.g. spinach, kale
- 1 tsp organic coconut oil (good oils are a must for your health and makes the smoothie creamy)
- 1/4 avocado (makes it creamy, yummy and v good for you)
- 2 tsp Cacao or less if too strong for you. (AMAZING for a natural energy high and chocolate taste)
- 1 tsp Maca
- 1 tsp Lucuma
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Whizz all the ingredients in a blender until it’s the consistency you prefer. Personally I like it super-smooth but you may like to chew it a little so whizz for less time.
- Use home-made nut milk filtered through a nut milk bag instead of water or 50/50 nut milk/water (nut milk recipe coming soon).
- Add 1/2 tsp Wheatgrass
- Add 1/4 tsp Spirulina
- Sprinkling of fresh herbs like mint, coriander, parsley
- Grated orange or lemon zest (unwaxed) – add the juice too!
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