Short, Restorative Daily Yoga Practice?
September 13, 2008 7:06 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a short-ish (20-30 min) yoga practice that I can follow along with each morning, with the goal of injury prevention in mind. There seem to be many video routines available for fat-burning, cardio, even hypertrophy focused yoga, but my need is simply something to keep my joints healthy and maintain (or improve) my flexibility.
posted by ggypsy to sports, hobbies, & recreation (7 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I'm young (24, currently), but I've been plagued by back problems. After visiting several chiropractors and physical therapists, the culprit was narrowed down to a seized muscle on one side of my spine, and I was told that to prevent the pain from returning, I should focus on my posterior chain strength and flexibility. (Especially flexibility in my hips, groin, and hamstrings.)
Couple this with a bone spur on my left shoulder that causes inflammation without regular joint work to keep my rotator cuff strong, and I have a strong motivation to add injury prevention to my routine beyond the usual stretching.
I've tried Sun Salutations, but after a month noticed no difference, as it didn't seem to focus on the parts of my body giving me issue. What I'd like to find is a relatively short routine I can do in the morning before work, every day, to keep my body loosened up. I don't care to add more work to either my muscle-building or cardio routines, as they both are already challenging without completely wiping me out.
I'd looked at Yoga for Regular Guys, and thusfar it seems the best candidate since it seems to have a decent focus on restorative work... but it still adds hypertrophy motions, and I really don't need any more pushups-for-the-sake-of-chest-strength in my routine.
Video is preferred, since I find it's easier to pace myself and grade my form that way.