sequencing yoga poses

Yeah, I got bored using the same format for the title each time. Time to mix it up!

I have a few yoga DVDs, and I do like them. But real life with kids and school and obligations means that sometimes finding time to pop in a DVD is hard. And I still want to get a practice of some sort in.

Some people have enough yoga knowledge to come up with their own sequence of poses. I am not one of those people. I need some help!

So I’d like to introduce you to my favorite yoga book.

yoga to the rescue cover

Doesn’t it look fun? It makes me smile–and want to do yoga. (My girls love it too.)

The book is divided into categories: Sexy, Calm, Energy, Sanity, Cleanse, and a special section for the ladies called Ragtime. If you want poses that will strengthen and tone you, turn to the Sexy section. If you want a pick-me-up, try the Energy poses. If it’s “that time of the month,” the Ragtime segment is your friend.

The beginning of each section gives ideas for sequencing. Yesterday I did a sequence from “Calm.” Today I tried one of the practices from the “Energy” portion (I got a lot done today too!).

The author is fun and quirky. Here are a couple of sample pages:

inside book pic  2 inside book pic

Like I said, it makes me smile.

The directions are pretty clear and concise. It’s not as easy to do new poses from this as it would be a video or a live class, of course, but I really do love it and think it’s a great resource.

we’ll start at the very beginning…

I can’t remember when I got the book, or where, or even why. I do know it was prior to having children. So at a minimum, it was ten years ago. I’d wager eleven or twelve though.

The book was called New Choices in Natural Healing: Over 1,800 of the Best Self-Help Remedies from the World of Alternative Medicine. And I won’t lie; I found some of the suggestions just plain weird. But I was new to this whole idea of natural remedies, so I read it all anyway.

The first part of the book explained various schools of thought in alternative medicine (Ayuveda, herbs, reflexology, etc.). The second part listed dozens of conditions and gave therapies to try from several of the different branches of natural medicine.

Looking back, I must have bought the book hoping it would help my migraines. I don’t recall anything in it making too much of a difference there. I did successfully use its suggestions for other, more minor ailments over the years, and I still pick it up to thumb through once in a while.

Interestingly, some of the info in the book that didn’t register or seem worth trying way back then has sneaked its way into my regular routines. I’ve discovered a love of yoga, even though I skipped those sections back when I first read it. The migraine section mentioned magnesium, and that made a tremendous difference when I finally started taking it daily. The aromatherapy stuff seemed silly to me at the time, but I now use a variety of essential oils (including a headache blend my sister-in-law found).

Sometimes information just comes along at the wrong time, and we’re not receptive to it until later.

I think I might just reread this book again. I might find some formerly “weird” parts that aren’t so out there anymore.

Are there any areas of health where you’ve changed your mind? Or at least opened your mind to a remedy that just seemed like nonsense when you first encountered it?