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Yoga Mat – Manduka and Liforme

I am a fortunate one I don’t have to bring yoga mat to studio. (Thanks to the successful business model made in Hong Kong.)

The first yoga mat I bought was Manduka. It’s because I needed home practice when I took training (2 years ago). The longer you practice, the better understanding of your body condition. My right knee is not that good, so I chose Manduka because of the thickness.

I sweat a lot even I am not doing hot class. So I bought Liforme a month ago. I saw many posts saying that kind of you choose one of them. It’s SO AMAZING when I use both of them for practice. I got the protection for my knee, headstand, at the same time I can have secure grip for arm balancing poses (I am weak in those).

To me, yoga mat (and other thing which can make my practice/ workout better) is a gift to myself. So I clean the yoga mat with care every time 🙂 I know I am changing. In the past, I spent the money on clothing, fast fashion and fad items. After practice, I found I can’t live without coffee and yoga.

What I am trying to say you have to find something you love doing in life, treat yourself so well. So that you can share your energy with others.

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Daily Yoga Pose

If you don’t have time go to yoga studio, try to do poses below before you go to bed

  • Pigeon Pose
    • from downward facing dog
    • step the right foot forward (make sure the knee is 90 degree), slide the left leg back, point the toes back, but tuck the toes if you have knee issue
    • walk your right foot over the left hip
    • keep the hip square
    • turn the left thigh in
    • Optional: put your forehead on bed, palms face up, relax the shoulders (if you can do it now, be patient)
    • you will feel the stretching at outer hip
    • stay 5 minute if you can
    • go back to downward facing dog slowly
    • change side
  • Butterfly Pose
    • lie down
    • bend the knees and bring the soles together (if you are not that flexible, the shape will be a diamond shape)
    • put block under knees if you want to have restorative one
  • Short Meditation (or meditate in the morning and before bed)
    • start from 1 minute or even do 1 minute meditation
    • natural breathing
    • ideally, no music

 

stay healthy · yoga

If I am not flexible to practice yoga

I think this is one of the FAQ from people who is new to yoga.

Don’t worry, I am not flexible either. But you can improve the flexibility with practice, practice and practice. Through the journey, you will experience

  • know your body better
    we always say that the pose you hate most is the poss you need most
  • being patience
    you have to listen your inner voice and your body, don’t force to happen
  • stay focus
    stability comes first, so you can focus the present

I am happy to apply some experience outside the studio. Sometime works well, sometime doesn’t. That’s why I keep practice.

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