May has been all about summer preparations around our home—checking out the calendar, making all the necessary travel plans and reservations, finishing up that “spring” cleaning around the home. Trying desperately to wrap up various todo’s before the kids are out of school and the temperatures are soaring. It’s a lot of busy work. And amidst of all that, the outdoors is beckoning!
There is limited time to enjoy the fair weather here and no time to slack. I am still invested in the summer body journey, but it adds yet another distraction from outdoor time. At times, you have to think creatively about how to fit it all in. My solution? Ditching the yoga studio for the neighborhood trails. There will be plenty of time for the bliss of an air-conditioned studio later. Right now, I’m mixing it up with a run, a long walk or bike ride. You can substitute in your own preferred outdoor activity, then throw in a yoga session afterward. The beauty of this practice is that it is highly adaptable and portable.
Practicing yoga after another activity is a seamless way to finish out your workout. The muscles are warm and primed for mobility. It may make you feel comfortable extending further than normal. But don’t forget to take care of your body. Even if you usually have an advanced practice, you can still injure yourself if you over-extend. When muscles are already fatigued, it is best to take it gently.
- DO listen to your body
- DO perform familiar routines, sequences
- DON’T test out new routines
- DON’T try advanced asanas while already exhausted
Ok. Warning issued. Now for the “post” yoga.
Access the Yoga Flow Routine
→ Post Workout Flow
(flow sequences are available as a printable worksheet -or- online)
I did a thing this week. I made my own audio walk-thru for this sequence (link below).
I’m not sure if I will continue this, as my voice isn’t the most soothing. However, I really like having audio walk-thrus for yoga and wanted to experiment with making my own. Recording an audio walk-thru has also helped me identify areas where I could improve my vocal cues. The audio is strictly voice (no background music or chimes) to limit distractions. I did a test run and successfully followed along. Hope you find it helpful.