Yoga Sparks 108 Easy Practices for Stress Relief in a Minute or Less

ISBN-10: 1608827003
ISBN-13: 9781608827008
Edition: 2013
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 8/1/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Given the popularity of yoga in this day and age, you probably know about the benefits it can have on both the mind and body. An increase in positive mood, a decrease in stress, better sleep, and fewer aches and pains are just a few. Maybe you've been busy, and have been meaning to try it - or maybe you 'have' tried it but still find it difficult to fit into your schedule. The most common excuse people give for not exercising is that they have no time. Between work, family, school, and social obligations, many of us are overbooked and scrambling to get things done in our daily lives. But what if there were quick, easy yoga exercises that could be integrated into your daily routine? Yoga Sparks offers 108 quick, practical, and accessible yoga exercises that you can practice anytime, anywhere - no matter how busy or stressful your schedule. In this book, you will learn how yoga in “bite-size" pieces can become a healthy habit that can relieve emotional stress, increase your physical strength and flexibility, and help you to lead a happier, healthier life. Whether practicing relaxed breathing while in traffic, sitting with proper alignment while working at your computer, or even balancing on one leg while waiting in line, the step-by-step, breath-by-breath practices in this book will help you bring the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga practice into your daily life.

Carol Krucoff is a science writer and was the founding editor of the "Washington Post's" Health section. She lives with her husband in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Anywhere Practices
Posture Sparks
Freeze, Ground, Breath, Spine
Mountain Pose
Seated Mountain Pose
Tree Pose
Shoulder Shrugs
Gentle Twist
Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Lion's Face
Relaxation
Breathing Sparks
Relaxed Abdominal Breath
Three-Part Breath
Even Breath
Extended Exhalation
Meditation Sparks
Mindful Awareness of Breath
Conscious Breathing with a Smile
Mantra Meditation
In and Out Visualization
Loving-Kindness
Riding the Waves
Preferred Place
Principle Sparks
Body Scan
Awareness
Self-Talk
Letting Go
Acceptance: It Is What It Is
Contentment and Gratitude
Cultivating the Opposite
Cleanliness 1: Hand-Washing Practice
Set an Intention
Around the House Practices
Posture Sparks
Rise and Shine
Knee-to-Chest Pose
Apanasana: Wind-Relieving Pose
Standing Salutation
Chair Pose
Hip Hinge: Lift and Carry
Puppy Pose
Nondominant Hand Practice
Tightrope Walking
Palm Tree
Crane Pose
Legs up the Wall or on a Chair
Breathing Sparks
Shower Om
Bee's Breath
Alternate Nostril Breathing
Chanting or Singing Breath
Meditation Sparks
Housework or Yard Work Meditation
Mindful Eating
Sacred Space
Three Good Things
Principle Sparks
Cleanliness 2: Tidy Home Practice
Unplug: Restraint of the Senses
Clutter-Busting Practice
Self-Study: Journaling
Discipline
At Work Practices
Posture Sparks
Mini Mountain Pose
Side Stretch
Computer Asana
Seated Back Bend
Angel Wings
Wrist, Arms, and Hands Stretch
Forearm Stretch
Hand Jive
Modified Cow's Face
Spread Your Wings
Eye Play 1: Clock Eyes
Eye Play 2: Fingertip Push-Ups
Eye Play 3: Palming
Neck Side Stretch
Restorative Forward Bend
Breathing Sparks
Breath Surfing
Sun Channel Breathing
Moon Channel Breathing
Victorious Breath
Meditation Sparks
Boot Up, Download, or On Hold Meditation
Telephone Meditation
Rehearse Success Visualization
Walking Meditation
Principle Sparks
Sympathetic Joy
Concentration
Integrity
On the Go Practices
Posture Sparks
Driving Asana
Seat Stretches
At Ease
Core Strengthener
Pelvic Floor Strengthener
Self-Massage of the Head and Neck
Shake Hands with Your Feet
Breathing Sparks
"Ha" Breath
Cooling Breath
Timing the Breath
Square Breath
Meditation Sparks
Waiting Meditation
Sacred Objects
Pause: Inner Listening
Principles Sparks
Slow Down
Cultivate Patience
After You
Cleanliness 3: Sanitizing Practice
Practices with Others
Posture Sparks
Smiling Eyes
Namaste
Pet Poses
Breathing Sparks
Laughter Yoga
Meditation Sparks
Mindful Listening
Honor a Difficult Person
Extend Compassion
Principle Sparks
Nonharming
Nonstealing
Right Speech
Epilogue
References

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