Making time for yoga

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My second season of triathlon training is about to kick off (in January). Yoga is an important part of my exercise regimen (triathlon training or not) and I am considering new ways to fit more practice time into my life. I have a favorite yoga class that I attend when I can but, because children and life are unpredictable, I can’t always get there in time. If I can carve out just a little extra time at home to supplement my class, I should be able to get many of the benefits of yoga by establishing a home practice (this has been a goal of mine for some time).

I have occasionally used yoga DVDs at home and I thought I’d share a favorite for others considering adding this to their lives as well.

First, please note that a DVD is not a complete substitute for attending a yoga class, especially if you are a beginner. In a class, you are given feedback and coaching on your poses and alignment that are just not possible at home with a DVD. Also, flowing through a yoga sequence in a room with others offers a feeling of connection and peace that can add so much to your practice.

A simple, short, nourishing yoga DVD:

A.M. and P.M. Yoga
With Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden

These routines are short (about 20 minutes each) and are not particularly challenging. What I like about this DVD is that, in addition to basic yoga poses, it does a great job of introducing new practitioners to the meditative flow yoga. I just love easing into my day with the sound of the ocean and distant gongs that complete the meditation section at the end of the A.M. session.

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