Today I spent most of my free time drooling over some pictures of sugary stuff. I have the biggest sweet tooth and I was really close to go to subway and grab a box of 12 cookies. Today was rainy and windy here, but weirdly, I always want ice cream on this kind of day. But instead of having them, I just look lots of pictures of cookies and ice cream and I survived! Is there anyone who does the same thing? When you crave something, just look at what you want and get it over with? Anyway, you can also enjoy cookies and ice cream with your eyes, because I'm going to post pictures for you.
Um.. can anybody move Levain Bakery and Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams here in Seoul?
Good news is today is yoga day! I could clear my head while practicing yoga. Let's start our practice toward inner peace with chanting Om, the sound of the Universe. If you are not feeling do your Sun salutation practice by yourself, I found a great alternative.
First Sun Salutation, Surya Namaskara. I've heard that Sun Salutation could be a good workout for the whole body. Through stretching, flexing and toning the muscles, you would have great body. Have you ever seen yogis who have great bodies? They probably thank to Sun Salutation. Also, while you are doing Sun Salutation, you have a chance to gratitude to the sun.
Please do the sequence 10 to 12 times.
I found great tips from the hathayoga.net. If you are a beginner, you might want to read this.
While in Mountain Pose place the hands at heart center, close the eyes and tune in to your breath. Then set an intention for your practice before beginning.
Arch Back – Do not thrust the hips forward. Instead keep the thighs engaged and hips stable. Allow the arch to be formed by pulling up in back from the base of the spine. Lift your heart high.
Forward Fold – Try to keep the legs straight and knees unlocked. If you have difficulty reaching the floor place your hands on yoga blocks.
Lunge – The photo shows a bent back leg, but see if you can straighten your back leg, sending energy out through the heel of that back foot. For the front leg be mindful of not letting the knee extend past the toe.
The photo shows full plank position. If full plank is too challenging, lower the knees into modified plank pose. Notice that the models body is nice and straight, she is not sinking into her shoulders, her neck is long, and her bottom is neither too high or too low.
Chin/Chest Lower – Notice that the bottom stays up. The palms are on the floor while the elbows are up and back (not spread like wings). From here you will slide forward to Up Dog.
Upward Dog – I don’t like the way the model has her neck jammed back. Instead keep your neck in line with the rest of your spine by looking straight ahead into the horizon. Fingers should be spread wide, shoulders are back and down (not scrunched up by the neck). Only come up as high is comfortable for you.
Down Dog – Fingers are spread wide, torso is long and heels are descending toward the mat. Imagine someone is pulling your hips up and back. Roll your triceps inward toward one another. Keep your neck in neutral alignment.
The best time for Surya Namaskara is early in the morning. Also, sometimes you need someone to help you. So, I will share one of my favorite yoga video with y'all. This is good for physical body but also good for your sprit. Through practice with Cat, you would start think where you are now and where you are heading. Absolutely, LOVE this one.
I hope you finish your day strong and found inner peace while you were practicing. Namaste.