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Day 12: Beginner



Yoga for Better Energy with Jason Crandell

Energy is a precious commodity that's often in short supply. Fortunately, yoga gives us tools to generate more energy. Today's sequence is designed to do exactly that (so don't attempt it just before bed!), and it's fairly vigorous. "In order to create better energy, we need to move the energy," Jason Crandell explains. "We need to move the entire body and allow things to circulate naturally."

Fluidity is the name of the game here. Half of the practice is devoted to Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation). As you move through the standing poses that make up the other half, bring as much awareness and grace to the transitions as to the final shapes. Keep a block handy for Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose) and Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose).

As the sequence comes to a close, don't be surprised if you feel invigorated enough to continue practicing. Consider revisiting the hip-opening sequence of Day 7 or core-focused sequence of Day 10. Better yet, follow your inner teacher.


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Challenge Tip

Today's practice includes two variations of Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose), which, as the name implies, calls for strength and determination. Virabhadrasana I and II crop up in class after class, video after video, so take the time to get them just right. The position of the front knee is especially important. See that the front shin is perpendicular to the floor, with the knee directly over the heel or ankle. Until you memorize what the correct alignment feels like, always sneak a peek at that front knee before turning your gaze forward.



Today's Recipe: Braised Cavolo
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