There’s no time like right now, the start of a new year, to harness your energy and find joy in a fresh perspective. For beginning yogis embarking on the journey of yoga asana, this gentle sequence will help you take baby steps into the beautiful world of this ancient practice. For the experienced practitioner, it can help you ease back into your existing practice after a hectic holiday season, or motivate you to slow down and revel in the postures you already know so well. No matter where you are, drink in the delight of having a “beginner’s mind” and let it inspire this practice.
Take your time with this sequence so you can tune into your body’s needs and what it’s trying to tell you. Breathe deeply into places that feel “stuck.” Feel free to linger in any posture that feels good, and take at least 4 to 5 breaths in each pose before switching sides. When you are finished, sit upright and take a few minutes in an easy cross-legged position, giving yourself a moment of quiet to absorb the effects of your practice. Most importantly, have fun!