Doga (doh- guh), Ashtanga Practice

This morning I had a very special partner for my yoga practice – my dog, Oppa.

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Today I went with a beginner Ashtanga Yoga class from Lesley Fightmaster.

I was reading up on the various types of yoga out there and Ashtanga sounded right up my alley based on my goals:

Ashtanga yoga metaphorically focuses on eight limbs. Considered a form of power yoga, Ashtanga is fast-paced and intense with lunges and push-ups.

  • Purpose: To help improve one’s spiritual self
  • Benefits: Relieves stress, improves coordination, and helps with weight loss
  • Good for: Fit people looking to maintain strength and stamina, and those who want to get in touch with their spiritual side

Dailycupofyoga.com has a great breakdown of 5 common styles of yoga which you can find here.

I found this practice pretty challenging since parts of me were a lot tighter than I realized.  I’ve decided to rock this practice out every other day until I can nail every pose just as Lesley does in the video.  Oppa is a natural and was breezing through the whole routine, taunting me the whole time.  I would have been upset, but how can you get mad at this face?

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Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Smoothie For Healthy Skin

Today I felt like getting my Om on. This classic and somewhat challenging Ashtanga Yoga practice works the whole body.  The instructor offers some nice modifications for those of us who aren’t quite as “bendy” as she is.   I also went for the tripod headstand variation rather than the one she uses towards the end of the practice.  I think it’s a safer and easier version.

Ashtanga Yoga Body Workout

After some well-deserved time spent in Savasana, try this refreshing smoothie that is also great for healthy skin.

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(Makes 2 Smoothies)

1 Cup Mesclun Greens

1 Cup Sliced Cucumbers

1 Cup Chopped Pineapple

1 Cup Sliced Strawberries

1 Inch Piece of Ginger

2 Cups water

Food Key

– Mesclun: vitamins C & A, calcium and iron

– Cucumbers: vitamins K, C ,B1 & B5, copper, potassium, magnesium & biotin

– Pineapples: vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and folic acid

– Strawberries: vitamins C & B5, potassium, folic acid and magnesium

– Ginger: stimulates digestion, combats flatulence (NICE!) and is effective against colds