September is National Yoga Month and a time to celebrate all of the healthy ways yoga can benefit us!
If you are brand new to yoga, you can take advantage of all the free classes being offered at local studios across the country. Now is the time to get your feet wet and experiment to find out what type of yoga suits you best.
If you are a seasoned practitioner, you can try out a different style. Always go to vinyasa flow... Why not try a kundalini class? Or, you can renew your commitment to your daily asana or meditation practice. You can also join in many fun free events throughout the month; and help raise awareness by spreading the word to others by sharing your enthusiasm for yoga.
I started practicing yoga over 18 years ago when I first moved to Manhattan. I discovered it in my acting classes at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. It was love at first asana for me! Yoga is an ongoing journey and a discovery of oneself. It teaches us how to take care of ourselves and love ourselves unconditionally. Yoga helps us develop our own voice and intuition; and grow physically, mentally and spiritually.
No matter where you are in the yoga process, this simple yoga sequence can help you take a moment to celebrate yourself and yoga month.
Start in child's pose arms extended long over head and tap in to your breathing. Breath in and out through the nose and let your body and mind join forces.
Round up and do a few cycles of cat/cow breaths.
Tuck under your toes and transition in to downward-facing dog pose. Take your dog for a walk by treading out your feet or swaying from hand to hand.
Once you've loosened up, inhale forward over your toes in to upward-facing dog pose. Repeat going back and forth from downward dog to upward dog three to five times. Ending up in downward-facing dog, walk your feet forward to your hands and round up to stand.
Firm up your stance in tadasana before lifting the right leg up in to tree pose. Hold tree pose for five to eight breaths, taking any arm variations you wish.
Fold your right knee in to your chest and take hold the top of the foot bending the knee back underneath you. Make chin mudra with your left hand and tip the upper body forward as you bow the right leg back. Gaze up to your left hand in a celebratory dancing shiva pose. Hold for five breaths. Repeat tree and dancing shiva on the left side. Finish standing in mountain pose and bring your hands together in a prayer to honor yourself.
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