When I was growing up, my dad had a response to any of our whining when life got hard (you know, in the teenage sense or when doing taxes on your own for the first time). The conversation would go something like this.
Me: I don’t want to study for this test. Why do I need to learn about [blah, blah, blah]? I’ll never use this information when I’m older.
Dad: This is training.
Me: Training for what?
Me: Uh, ok, Dad. [Teenage eye roll.]
The difficulties that we face, whether they’re trivial or not, really is training for life. I can see that now as an adult. We are faced daily with situations and moments that make us feel uncomfortable, unsettled, awkward, unbalanced, nervous, anxious, icky… How we choose to absorb those emotions and respond is the training. It’s the yoga. It’s to make us less reactive and destructive and likely to stand in our own way. Instead, it teaches us to file away the learnings and use them when bigger tests appear in our lives.
This sequence is grounding with moments of “training” sprinkled in for balance, endurance and strength.
60 Minute Sequence: Training for Life
- Begin balasana
- Vadrasana –> neck stretches, arms overhead side stretches, spinal twists
- Puppy pose
- Adho mukha svanasana/downward dog
- Uttanasana –> step one foot crossed behind other
- Surya namaskar A x3
- *Virabhadrasana I/warrior 1 –> cactus arms
- Vira I –> hinge upper body forward
- Vira III –> airplane arms
- Curtsy legs
- Goddess pose –> side angle reach both sides
- Prasarita padottansana A (headstand play)
- Lunge at front
- Plank to chaturanga push-ups x3
- Vinyasa, Repeat other side from *
- Ustrasana/camel, release to balasana x3
- Baddha konasana
- Double pigeon
- Marichiyasana D twist
- Supine toe touches
- Supta padangusthasana/hamstring stretches
- Happy baby