Welcome Autumn back with Yoga!
Do you want to start a yoga practice at home? Do you wonder where to start, or how to make the time or commitment? The simple answer is Sun Salutations.
Sun Salutations (surya namaskar) are a series of yoga postures strung together so that they flow from one pose to another. They are called sun salutations because, in India, they are traditionally done first thing in the morning as the sun rises to prepare the body for the practice of yoga.
Don’t worry if it takes a little time to perfect sun salutations; it takes practice to flow from one posture to the next. Begin by practicing each individual posture in the sequence before trying them together. In the beginning you may only manage one or two rounds, but with practice you should be able to build up to 10 rounds.
Sun salutations work the entire body and are an excellent warm up. They build strength and stamina as well as improve flexibility.
We have all felt that same sense of trepidation starting a new activity; there is a sense of excitement but also an underlying feeling of foolishness… What if I am rubbish at this? This is my story of how I started practicing yoga.
In these days of instagram and selfies, I see photos of yogis performing wonderful postures in beautiful locations all around the world. Scrolling through some of these images, I had a sudden flashback to how difficult it was for me to step onto my first yoga mat. Specifically, the first yoga mat that I had purchased. I had been to a few classes and decided to buy my own mat. I remember unwrapping it and rolling it out on the living room floor and just scratching my head…
What do I do?
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My name is Genevieve Brown. I have been teaching yoga for over ten years now and practicing for over twenty.
My husband, Colin, was a fellow yogi and we studied yoga together in India. When we returned from our travels we set up a yoga business in the west of Northern Ireland. We named out business Yogacare, as we taught yoga to people with physical and learning disabilities, to victims and survivors of The Troubles, to people with chronic illness, to mental health groups as well as sports people and movie stars with injuries. We taught yoga to anyone and everyone…
Eight years after starting up our business together, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. He died four months later, leaving me with the business to look after… and our daughter, who had just turned three.
Six months later I took up surfing.
This is my story…
This blog is about sharing with you what I have learned (and am still learning) from yoga, surfing and life experiences.
I hope that it may be of benefit to you and others.