Wishing all of you a very happy, healthy, successful and awakened 2013. I would like to thank everyone for all their love and support in 2012 which has helped Mastery of Meditation and Yoga become one of the biggest yoga websites on the internet. I have a some great plans for 2013, which include more online classes, yoga and meditation videos, mantra and music mp3s and even live webcasts and workshops, all for free of course :-).
To kick off the new year I would like to publish for you the very important yoga for flexibility routine. The full set can be found in the article, Yoga for Meditation. I provided this set in a newsletter a few months ago, but wanted to publish it on the website as well so everyone can have access to it.
This workout is excellent for developing lower body flexibility and contains some key yoga poses to help stretch and open up this region. Many of these exercises are difficult to explain, so the illustrations below should be very useful to you.
For those interested in meditation, this routine is especially useful as the poses improve the flexibility of those regions which tend to give trouble when one is sitting for meditation. So if you are finding meditation uncomfortable, I strongly suggest doing these poses prior to sitting and in a few months you will notice a remarkable improvement in your flexibility and consequentially sitting will be much easier.
Also, for those students enrolled in the yoga teachers training or meditation certification program, this set is a must. For yoga teachers this is a great routine to do when starting your class to warm-up and prepare the body for more advanced poses and as explained above, for sitting in meditation, this is one of the best sets you can practice.
Recently I have also been adding these poses individually to the website, and so you can click the title to read the full article on that particular pose.
Yoga Routine for Flexibility:
Some titles below are links to the article with all the details including cautions, benefits, practice tips, etc. So click that to read the full article.
To practice this pose rock each leg as shown for 1-2 minutes. By rocking I mean to bring the ankle towards the chin and then back to the starting position. For more details about this exercise, please visit the set I have linked to above, it is exercise #13 in that set.
Below is a picture of modified Cow Pose, which is a pose you can come into for 1-2 minutes. If you are unable to do this pose, then substitute it with Yoga Knee Bounce instead.
To do Yoga Knee Bounce, sit with up with your legs extended in front of you. Then bend your left leg and place your left ankle high up on your right knee. Hold onto your left knee with both hands and bounce the knee gently up and down. Do for 1-3 minutes, and then repeat with the other leg.
Be sure you don’t force this exercise or force yourself into Cow Pose below.