Wednesday, November 19, 2008

yoga: take a seat

Today's tip assists setting an intention by stopping, sitting, and being with your breath. Taking the time to move out of your head and into your body is powerful. As we continue to explore our practice of healthy living, I want to encourage you to spend time "being" rather than always "doing." No easy task, I know!

To get started, take a moment to be in your body. Find a comfortable place to sit still and simply experience your breath. Bend your knees and place your heels with one in front of the other. If your knees are above your hips, sit on the edge of a blanket, pillow, yoga block, or phone book to elevate your hips and release any tension in the hips or knees. Ideally, your hips would be higher than your knees. If a cross-legged position is not comfortable, sit on the edge of a chair with your feed under your knees. Rest your hands onto your thighs, lengthen through the crown of your head, draw your shoulder blades in toward one another and then down your back as your chest lifts. Close your eyes and feel each inhale and each exhale. Just be.

OMwork (homework with a yogic twist): Try this for two to five minutes to start and then gradually build up to 20 minutes three times a week. Sitting cross-legged and experiencing the power of the present moment will assist you in feeling more grounded, revitalized, and focused -- ready to take on the twists.

Namaste, Kimberly

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