To practice 3-count breath, sit on your mat or in a chair. Feel anchored into your sitz bones and sit in in your tall, relaxed yoga posture. Close your eyes or look lazily look towards the floor. Begin to focus on your breath. Notice your inhale and exhale. On your inhale say to yourself "I breath in" and on your exhale "I breath out." You might also count to 3 or 4 for each inhale and each exhale. Another option is to find a 3 beat phrase that means something for you. You might use a phrase from a song or poem or scripture. Use your chosen phrase for each inhale and each exhale. This will bring more meaning to your pranayama (breath) practice.
Practice the Three Count Breath to help you relax and focus and to lead into your personal yoga practice.
We have practiced posture series "Moving Palm Trees" in class. It is a great series of poses that encompass many different stretches. Moving Palm Trees takes 2 to 5 minutes, depending on how long you hold each pose. Moving Palm Trees may also be adapted to sitting in a chair.
Click on the picture of Palm Trees to open up a (PDF) description of "Moving Palm Trees". Sorry there are not any pictures. I hope to add them at a later date.
Today I watched a movie called "Yogawoman." It was about how woman have changed the face of yoga. Yoga initially, in the very early years, was practiced by men and woman. Then there was a change in the religions, making woman second class and therefore not allowed to practice yoga. Now, because of some very energetic, leading woman, 85% of the 20 million people in the world that practice yoga are woman. This movie talks with some of the leading woman teachers. The movie also discusses how yoga supports woman, our evolving female lives, and how we survive our current world with yoga. This movie is especially good for woman/girls to watch. Paul and I enjoyed watching this movie.
"Yogawoman" is currently on xfinity on "On Demand". The website lists other cable companies that carry this movie.
This movie can also be downloaded from ITunes, Google and Amazon.
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.