The beauty of yoga is how accessible it is. Pack a mat, a small pillow or block and you’re ready to practice in your garden, by the beach or in a quiet airy room in your chalet. Ramy El Kout began practicing yoga 5 years ago and embarked on a journey to learn more about the practice, eventually landing him in India where he became a Hatha yoga practitioner – more specifically Iyengar yoga. This is a form of Hatha yoga, which focuses on precision: details, breath control (pranayama) and alignment while in the pose (asana). It emphasizes the healing benefit of each pose with less emphasis on flow and transition. Every pose is held for a longer period of time utilizing appropriate props such as a wall, pillows, blocks, chairs or belts to maximize the benefit of the asana. By being attentive to the anatomical details and the alignment of the body during each posture, Iyengar method is designed to cultivate strength, flexibility, stability and awareness.
Ramy demonstrated for us a 20-minute sequence of Hatha yoga that can be carried out to boost your energy, immunity system and gives your body a nice stretch.
ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA (DOWNWARD-FACING DOG)
From plank position, exhale to downward facing dog. Hands are shoulder width. Open the palms and spread the fingers on the floor. Keep elbows straight. Keep the legs straight and take the heels to the ground as much as possible. Hold for 1 minute and repeat 3 times.
VIRABHADRASANA I (WARRIOR I)
Stand and open the legs wide. Turning the trunk to the side, keep trunk and pelvis looking straight and bend the front knee at 90 degrees with your back leg standing on your toes. Extend the arms up and keep your shoulders down. Change side. This pose should be avoided if you have high blood pressure. 1 Minute.
Position yourself cross-legged, you may sit higher on a pillow or block if your knees are higher than your pelvis. Place your fingertips on both sides and lift your chest up. Inhale, lift your arms up and keep your shoulders down. Inhale, lift the arms up and look up in order to open the chest. Exhale, fold forward and place your fingertips on the mat and look forward. 2 minutes.