Creating a Routine You Can Smile about
Yoga classes are often taught in an environment that makes a library look like a noisy and lively place, but it doesn’t have to be so serious and solemn! Yoga can be light hearted and fun; here are some ideas you can use to create a routine with fun yoga poses:
If your practice consists of slow movements, consider punching it up with some speed and rhythm. Hot yoga is very popular these days and is something you can incorporate into your routine. Look at the poses you’re currently using and see if you can make a sort of dance out of them. Make one pose flow into another in a sort of yogic ballet: If you practice the Sun Salutation, then you are already familiar with how this works. If not, look for a video on the internet. As with any series of exercises, the breathing is the key. Keep your breath under control. Still your breath and you still the body and mind.
Poses have names. If you are familiar with the Sanskrit name only, look up its definition. Among the many poses are The Lion, The Peacock, The Mountain and so forth. As you perform these poses visualize yourself as these objects. Indeed if you study yoga deeper this is exactly what you will do. The poses mimic what they are named after and are of deep symbolic importance.
Fun yoga poses are always recommended to be practiced with others. It’s a wonderful exercise for people of all ages. If you have children, you can share with them the benefits that come from practicing while having the most fun you’ve had while doing yoga. The animal poses are a wonderful way of keeping children entertained. The Lion Pose is sure to get laughs if you have children roar like lions while they are doing it. Of course you don’t have to stick to traditional names either. Think up names on your own and have children act them out. It’s a great way to get past the short attention span of a child.
Couples yoga is great fun as well. There are some things a body cannot do alone and this is where another person comes in. The internet is a wonderful source of ideas on various poses for couples.
Remember, there are no hard and fast rules in yoga. It is a living tradition and continues to grow. Use your imagination to bring some fun into it. Who knows, you may someday build your own school around it.