Spring? Not quite…

After traveling, working too hard, or playing too much, I find it useful to take a little time to reset.  I do this by eating “better” and sticking to my yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises like glue.  Last week was one of those weeks.  I came back from travels thinking, “It’s spring, it’s spring, time to cleanse the house, body and soul!”.   Just when I thought spring was right around the corner, winter comes back to say hello and remind me that it is still his time.  No dears, it is not time to cleanse the body, it’s too cold to lose that winter layer yet.  So spring cleaning my apartment will have to do.

Some of my favorite winter routines:  I like to sip hot water all day, drain my sinuses using a neti pot, eat lots of warm, hearty stews, and get 9 hours of sleep per night.  If I do these things on a regular basis, winter just might be survivable.

Yoga inspiration this week?  I have been practicing the Chakra Vinyasa sequence from Shiva Rea’s Daily Energy DVD.  It goes like this.  See if you can give it a try!

After a few rounds of Surya Namaskar A or B starting in Down Dog…

Earth Wave – Connecting with the earth energy, staying low to the ground

  • Inhale right leg to the sky
  • Exhale step it through between the hands
  • Inhale drop the back knee
  • Exhale half split
  • Inhale low lunge variation with hands on floor
  • Rhythmic vinyasa between the two previous postures for 2 more breath cycles
  • Connecting vinyasa: inhale anahatasana, exhale low cobra, inhale prostration hands in prayer over head, exhale prostration, inhale up dog, exhale down dog
  • Other side.

Water Wave – Connecting with more fluidity between and within postures

  • Inhale right leg to the sky
  • Exhale step it through between the hands
  • Inhale drop the back knee
  • Exhale half split
  • Inhale low lunge variation with arms over head
  • Rhythmic vinyasa between the two previous postures for 2 more breath cycles
  • Connecting vinyasa: inhale anahatasana, exhale fluid low cobra, inhale prostration, exhale prostration, inhale up dog, exhale down dog
  • Other side/leg.
  • Before Connecting Vinyasa on other side…
  • Inhale into plank or push-up position, knees up or down
  • Exhale side plank, right side, whatever variation you can have with integrity
  • Inhale plank
  • Exhale left side plank
  • Inhale one more each side
  • Continue with connecting vinyasa detailed above

Fire Wave – Turn up the fire baby!

  • Inhale right leg to the sky
  • Exhale into plank with knee to nose, coiling in through belly
  • Rhythmic vinyasa between two previous postures 4 more breath cycles
  • On 5th exhale, step it through between the hands, knee lifted, standing crescent lunge. Take 5 breaths here.
  • Inhale into warrior 3, or a variation with hands on blocks. 5 breaths here.
  • After 5th breath, slowly lower back into crescent lunge, with grace, without elephant legs
  • Exhale back knee drops, half split
  • Connecting vinyasa fire style:  Inhale/exhale for 3 prostration push-ups honoring your body and energy level, inhale locust with arms interlaced behind back, 3-5 breaths, prostration with hands over head in prayer one breath cycle, inhale up dog, exhale down dog.
  • Other side
  • Before connecting vinyasa after left side, two rounds of side plank, each leg/side.  If comfortable and you made it this far and you know what the hell I’m talking about, make it funky wild thang 🙂

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