Let’s Get Back to Basics
Did you take a break from your Yoga and movement routine this past year and are looking to come back to it? Or maybe you are brand new to Yoga? This challenge is also perfect for those of you that appreciate a more accessible approach to Yoga.
Yoga is most effective when we practice on a daily (or almost daily 🙂 ) basis. Of course there are days that simply get away from us, but once you establish a regular Yoga routine you’ll be amazed at the changes you’ll notice in your body and physical health, your energy and emotional well-being! Studies show that shorter but more frequent sessions are a lot more beneficial than one weekly 90 minute Yoga class. Shorter, daily classes also make it easier to create a new habit and Yoga simply becomes part of your day.
Each session in the Yoga 101 Challenge is only about 20 minutes in length to help you explore a regular Yoga practice more easily. Each mini class is a complete practice focused on different elements of Yoga to offer you a nice blend of different practices!
TEACHER: Ellen Cremer
STYLE: Beginner, Intro
LEVEL: Active & Relaxing 1
DURATION: 14 Days
TOTAL PRACTICES: 14
Your Weekly Practices
SETUP YOUR PRACTICE SPACE: Is there one dedicated space where you can leave your props so they are readily available? Or do you like the flexibility to practice on your deck on sunny days? Some privacy is helpful; plus consider turning off your phone, asking for some quiet time from family and keeping excited pets in another room.
PROPS: Here's a general list of props you should have on hand; you may not need all of these depending on the Challenge you're doing. Plus, I announce at the beginning of each practice what you'll need that day. Yoga props are easily found online or at a local sporting goods store.
• Yoga mat
• Two foam Yoga blocks, 4 inch width
• Blankets or pillows (optional: household blankets)
• Yoga bolster (required for most Restorative practices)
• Yoga strap (optional: belt or scarf)
• Therapy balls (only needed for self-massage practices; tennis balls work too)
SHOULD I EAT BEFORE PRACTICE? Try to avoid eating 1-2 hours before any activity; but as with all things, adjust to suit your needs and lifestyle. Avoid caffeine before any relaxation practices.
PRACTICE EVERY DAY? WHEN? It's ok to skip days, take breaks and adjust the schedule to fit your needs! Also each day has a suggested practice time (generally active in the morning, relaxing in the evening); but as always listen to your body and don't be afraid to experiment and modify.
RESPECT YOUR LIMITATIONS: It’s important to remember that not every single Yoga pose offered here is right for everyone, especially with old injuries or other limitations. Please be patient with yourself as you begin this journey and feel free to take breaks or modify as needed.
PRACTICE DETAILS and PROGRESS: Next to each practice you'll find some notes on length, time to practice and what to expect (see sample to the right). When you complete each practice, click the Mark Complete button to save your progress. As you move through the Challenge, you'll see the Progress pie chart change to reflect your progress. You can always click the COMPLETED button again if you want to do that practice over again.
You are just about to do something really amazing for yourself! And the decision to dedicate the next 14 days to a daily Yoga practice says so much about your intention to care for yourself, your health and well-being! But before you begin, I’d like to invite you to get a little closer to what’s right at the heart of that intention. I believe that being as clear as you can about what brought you to try this can help you stay on course with the challenge more easily! Perhaps you are dealing with some health issues that make you want to try Yoga to support your health? Or are you looking for way to feel more balanced and at ease in yourself. Maybe you are simply curious about trying something new? Take a few moments to reflect on this or journal if you like!
If you’re brand new to Yoga, welcome! And you might want to review the ‘Instructions & Getting Started’ section above for more helpful suggestions.
Enjoy yourself and good luck! I’ll check in with you after the first week!
Anytime • 22 min
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Anytime • 22 min
Completing seven Yoga sessions is quite the milestone already and I hope you are taking a moment to acknowledge your commitment! And before you continue it can be helpful to briefly look back over the past week and reflect on your experience. Did you enjoy some sessions more than others? Perhaps you discovered a certain element in Yoga that has been especially helpful? And what were some of the challenges you stumbled into? And did you learn from those moments too? Sometimes trying something new can feel strange and unfamiliar; but when we notice those feelings and allow them we also have an opportunity to try be with these challenges a little differently. Our intention may be to explore our practice with a little more patience or gentleness.
Going forward into your second week see if there are any changes you’d like to make. Whether that’s rearranging your practice space, purchasing an additional Yoga prop, or taking a moment to revisit your intentions—or anything else that can support your Yoga practice!
Anytime • 27 min
Active 1 & Meditation
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