An Introduction to The Joy of Yoga!

I recently had the great and truly amazing pleasure of connecting with a joyful yogi!  Via twitter then blog then email we discovered that she now stands on the same unique spot on the planet that I did for 3 months 3 years ago!  In the basement of the Dewitt building (a former highschool)  in Ithaca, NY.  I grew up less then 30 minutes from Ithaca and it’s a beautiful magical place that holds a special place in my heart.  I find many similarities between Ithaca and my now home Asheville!

Emma ( @TheJoyOfYoga ) is a yoga teacher and author of her own fantastic blog The Joy of Yoga.  I’m grateful and excited to announce that she will now be a contributor to The Happy Blog!  To start things off we’re introducing a new category called “Happy Poses”  which is a weekly yoga sequence for you to explore / try at home or even incorporate with your own students!  … and I can’t help myself but start with one that was in partial dedication to our meeting :)  ENJOY!

♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ • ♥ •

This practice is in dedication to all of the wonderful women who wrote in advice: Jamie, FlissySvastiLa GitaneKaivalya, and the wonderful former Ithacan The Happy Yogini. Rock on!!!

  1. Sukhasana  (Easy Pose)
  2. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
  3. Breath of Joy
  4. Begin lightly jumping, feet barely leaving floor
  5. Taking 30 seconds or so, continue to increase height of jumps until you are jumping as high as you can. If your knees can’t take that, insert some energy-raising activity that works for your body
  6. Take feet 2-3 feet apart. Swing arms and twist torso, pretending your arms are empty coat sleeves, letting them gently hit your body. Exhale “Ha!” as you twist. 1-2 minutes.
  7. Tadasana
  8. Utkatasana ( Chair Pose)
  9. Uttanasana (Forward Fold)
  10. Ardha Uttanasana  (Half Forward Fold or Pike Position)
  11. Utkatasana
  12. Tadasana
  13. Repeat steps 7-12 six to twelve times.
  14. Utkatasana
  15. Parivrtta Utkatasana
  16. Repeat steps 14 and 15 on other side
  17. Utkatasana
  18. Garundasana
  19. Virabhadrasana III
  20. Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
  21. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)
  22. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
  23. Vinyasa to Tadasana
  24. Breath of Joy (8x)
  25. Repeat steps 17-24 on other side
  26. Prasarita Padottanasana (Standing Wide Leg Forward Fold)
  27. Prasarita Padottanasana, hands interlocked behind back
  28. Slight back bend on coming up
  29. Upavistha Konasana (Seated Foward Fold)
  30. Urdhva Dhanurasana, gently coming up by placing one hand behind your sitz bones and bending knees (so feet can be flat on floor), only using one arm as you slightly straighten legs to bring sitz bones off of floor (Upward Bow variation)
  31. Repeat steps 29 and 30, other arm
  32. Tarasana (Star Pose)
  33. Supta Matsyendrasana (Reclined Twist). Repeat other side
  34. Savasana

sequence provided by:  Emma G Silverman – visit her site The Joy of Yoga for DAILY sequences!

Emma’s experience with yoga began over a decade ago with a dedicated Iyengar practice.  Over the years she studied Bikram, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Vinyasa Flow yoga. After working at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, she now teaches (primarily) in the Kripalu style. In the past, Emma taught chair yoga, Vinyasa yoga, yoga for kids, and yoga for health care professionals. Recently having landed in Ithaca after a move from Madison, Wisconsin, she’s looking forward to working and playing in the Ithaca yoga community!

View Emma’s Ithaca Teaching schedule HERE

Contact Emma directly for private classes or to inquire about her teaching at your studio!

Related and suggested reading:

  1. Yoga for Freaking Out!
  2. We All Need Change
  3. For those days when Yoga just isn’t enough – Remember the Kitty!
  4. Extreme Group Acro Yoga – Meet the YogaSlackers!
  5. Live Today.

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