- Downward-facing dog
- Child's pose
- Pigeon pose (this is my all-time favorite pose!)
- Warrior I, Warrior II, and Warrior III
I took Dr. Esposito's presentation as a wake-up call for me to get back to the yoga mat. I used to practice yoga regularly, and then a little less regularly but still occasionally...and then not at all when my running training program started in earnest this past January. Fitting in my runs was challenge enough for my schedule and cross-training, including yoga, fell by the wayside. I think this is to the detriment of both my running and of my ability to maintain inner calm & a sense of well-being. It was time to get back to the mat!
Today, I went to a Yin Yoga class at my gym. Yin Yoga is sometimes referred to as "restorative" yoga. Poses are held for a longer time than in a conventional yoga class. You get a deep stretch in the connective tissues in the body and I find it incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating. After taking my class today I feel great - stretched, relaxed, calm. I am lucky to have many great yin classes and teachers where I live, and I hope to return to a regular practice again. If you would like to try Yin Yoga, my favorite DVD is Presence Through Movement: Yin Yoga by Kim Eng.