This morning, I really enjoyed spending an hour with the Morehead-Cain Scholars at the University of North Carolina. They were participating in a workshop on mindful leadership led by the sweet crew at Golden Bristle, learning tools for better self-awareness, awareness of others, and focus.
The goal of yoga asana–the physical practice of the poses–is to prepare the body to sit for meditation. To that end, an asana practice builds core strength and hip flexibility, so that the practitioner can sit with more physical comfort. We went through a few brief standing sequences that can be done without a mat or special equipment, making them office- or library-friendly—the first two are good preparations to do before you sit. The last is yoga you can do in bed!
Some of these poses are depicted in this piece I wrote for Yoga Journal. You can hold the poses in this sequence for several breaths (squirming is encouraged!) or pulse with the breath cues:
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