OM Yoga & Lifestyle (ommagazine.com) from the UK – I have the October issue which I bought in November. I have been getting a lot of use out of the home practice section.
I like this magazine because it has lots of input from many different yogis, some instructors, some students.
On their website they let you preview the November 2013 issue which is chock full of advice for new yoga teachers just starting out. There is probably also plenty of inspiration for more experienced studio owners too.
Fun Home Practice!
The main reason I got it (after all, an international publication is expensive!) was for the home practice routine – 11 Poses to Balancing Strength and Grace. It shows you how to work towards a challenging arm balance – Pincha Mayurasana (aka Peacock Feather).
I used to do this for fun as a kid. But after the age of 12 so, I didn’t practice gymnastics much and now, much as I would love to be able to do this, I don’t have the upper body or core strength. I am hoping with frequent practice of this routine, I can regain the ability to do Peacock, at least with wall support.
The home practice starts with some hip opening poses:
Crescent Moon in Low Lunge – I bit of a balance challenge…but not too much
One Legged Camel Pose – totally clumsy at this until the 5th or 6th time when a modified version feels at least a little less awkward
Plank Pose in Lunge – stretches your hips open while building strength in the upper body. All good.
Plank Pose on Forearms – really hard the first few times but now starting to feel like a comfortable challenge instead of a killer challenge
Downward Facing Dog but pressing into your ELBOWS, not your hands – when I first looked at the picture of the model doing this pose, I thought, “No way am I going to be able to do that.”
I was chuffed (Brit speak I think) to discover it is actually not that hard.
One Legged Downward Facing Dog – fun! I totally love this – when I can do it. When I can’t, I just spent several minutes in Dolphin (down dog on forearms) This incredible core strengthener will help me move into arm balances more easily.
The last two poses are One Legged Peacock Feather and full Peacock Feather. Right now, I can’t even begin to lift one leg let alone kick up.
But I know that consistent practice will get me there.
The exciting about this practice was that just one session doing the poses to the best of my ability made a huge difference the next time I attempted Crow pose. Can’t do it, yet. But I will soon!
If you could use a fresh blast of yoga inspiration, check out this great mag from across the pond.
Happy Holidays to all!