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3 Tips for Practicing at Home as a Beginner

Are you starting out with yoga and looking to practice at home?

As a teacher whose specialty is beginner yoga, I have some tips to offer you as well as telling you what’s safe to do at home.

Watch my video below to find out.

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ACTION STEP: Practice one round of sun salutation A or B at home. You may think one round of sun salutation doesn’t sound like much, but you can continue from there if you want. But I only ask that you do one. If you feel moved to continue afterward, so much the better!

In the comments below, tell me the single most powerful insight you gleaned from this video and how you’ll implement it in your life.

If you want my personal guidance, come to the first class of my next beginners’ yoga series on Monday, June 6. Register now to be one of the six in my exclusive series. Only 4 spots left as of today!

As always, if you’ve got any questions about yoga, yoga nidra, or meditation, let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A video.

xoxo,

Bettina

Do you know why yoga can be like fruit?

Are you wondering what style of yoga you should learn?

One of my friends who doesn’t know much about yoga asked me the same question yesterday. I told him that it’s a lot like fruit!

Check out my video below to know more.

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ACTION STEP: Pick a class to go to, any class, and share your observations of the class’ effects on your body in the comments below.

If you want to try my class, you’ll have to wait until Monday, June 6, when my next beginners’ yoga series starts. Register now to be one of the six in my exclusive series!

If you’ve got any questions about yoga, yoga nidra, or meditation, let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A video.

xoxo,

Bettina

Want to know how to breathe in yoga?

To answer one of my beginner students’ questions about breathing, I made this fun little video to tell you about the two most important things about breathing in yoga.

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ACTION STEP: Next time in yoga, observe your breath and notice when it’s shallow or fast or when you’re not breathing at all!

If you’ve got any questions about yoga, yoga nidra, or meditation, let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A.

xoxo,

Bettina

Follow up on how to deal with pain in yoga…or, rather, how NOT to deal

To continue my Q & A series on yoga, meditation, and wellness, I am following up on last week’s video about what to do about pain.

Watch this week’s video and learn how last week’s strategy ties into one of the tenets of yogic philosophy.

 

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ACTION STEP: Next time in yoga, try to find at least one posture in which you can practice ahimsa.

If you’ve got any questions about love, life or yoga, let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A.

xoxo,

Bettina

What to do when something hurts in yoga…or in life

 
I’m starting a new Q & A series, so every Thursday I’ll answer a question from my students or readers about yoga, meditation, and wellness.

Since I’m starting a new beginners’ class next week, here’s my advice to you when something hurts in yoga…but, now that I think about it, it applies to life in general.

Watch this video and learn what I mean and how you can put this strategy into  your practice right now.

SUN ALERT: You’ll also see the view from my balcony.

 

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BONUS POINTS: If you’ve got any questions, let me know and I’ll choose one to answer next week.

xoxo,

Bettina

33 things to do while detoxing

Since I’m getting ready for my 3-day cleanse over the weekend, I made a list of all the things I could do instead of focusing on food. Even though it is a very gentle cleanse, on the second day I will be drinking just water with lemon or herbal teas. So I’m a little scared about how that will go. I know people who feel just the same as always. Others describe euphoria and energy. What I dread is that I will suffer from detox symptoms like headaches, grouchiness, and…lots of bathroom visits.

In preparation for what could be a trying weekend, I’ve made a list of things to do to keep myself focused and sane. (more…)

10 Fast and Easy Ways to do Yoga on a Busy Schedule

Busy? Can’t make it to yoga class?

Here are some ways to practice yoga on a busy schedule–some are as short as one minute and others can be as long you like. You can incorporate a few of these into your day as free time opens up.

The most important component is to connect your mind, body, and breath. Any time you connect, that is yoga regardless if you make it to yoga class or not.

  1. Try out this minimalist at-home yoga practice from Everett Bogue. (Editor’s note on March 15: Everett Bogue no longer blogs and has removed this post from the internets.)
  2. Laugh out loud for one minute–laughter expands life.
  3. Kapalbhati breathing in the shower or preparing breakfast or getting dressed.
  4. Inhale deeply and exhale thoroughly for 2 minutes while on hold on the telephone.
  5. First bend forward at the waist to place your hands under your feet in Padahastasana or just reach as far as you can in Uttanasana before putting on your shoes.
  6. Chant om as you ride your bike–it keeps me warm in the winter!
  7. Imagine that you are breathing through alternate nostrils while waiting in line anywhere–the ensuing relaxation is almost as good as if you did put your hand up to your nose. If you dare, DO alternate nostril breathing while waiting in line!
  8. Clean your eyes through concentrated internal or external gazing–at a candle flame, for example, at a bar or restaurant when the conversation gets boring.
  9. Listen to my guided relaxation mp3 which you can do sitting while commuting on the bus or train. Please do not listen to this while you are driving! Sign up for my newsletter to get it.
  10. Make an intention for your day when you wake up and return to it throughout the day when you have a moment or two. Return to this intention before you go to sleep.