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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Week One, Complete

It is day seven of the challenge and that means that I have successfully completed the first week!  If you are also participating, give yourself a pat on the back for your commitment and hard work. :)  Yoga Journal decided to treat us today with a nice and relaxing sequence.  This particular sequence is best done in the evening or anytime you are looking to unwind a little.

If you are looking for a more intense workout, you may find yourself slightly disappointed.  No particular asana is done and many of the movements are redundant. If you find yourself yearning for more, I would recommend completing the sequence from day one followed by this more gentle routine.

However, I think today's routine is the perfect opportunity to turn one's awareness inward.  Many of us tend to cycle through the yogic movements without allowing ourselves to tune into our inner self. During the movements, try closing your eyes and focus on the breath. Shutting off your visual sense makes a surprising difference during these relaxation focused routines.

Since today completes the first week, give yourself another treat by taking an extra-long savasana. If you usually do two-minutes, try five today and so on.  If you happen to have an eye pillow laying around, using it during final relaxation can be beneficial.  It blocks out any unnecessary light and puts comfortable pressure on the eye sockets. If you don't have an eye pillow, a small towel will do as well.

I would also like to draw your attention to From the Mat up's new online store feature. If you are in the market for a new mat or accessories, I would highly recommend it. Om Namah Sivaya!

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