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[VIDEO] Yoga for Beginners

Wednesday, Apr. 23 | By Hannah Dellinger
Lee Lorber demonstrating the downward facing dog yoga position.
Fauquier Times Staff Photo/Randy Litzinger
Yoga is about committing to changing your body and soul for the better.

According to Lee Lorber, the owner and an instructor at Equipose Yoga Studio in Warrenton, anyone can do yoga. She teaches clients with all kinds of skill levels and adjusts to each person’s limitations and needs.

“I see all kinds of things: carpal tunnel, hip replacements, knee replacements, runner's injuries, shoulder issues, neck issues, back issues, feet issues, balance issues and more,” she said. “There are also people who don’t have any issues but are interested in practicing and learning about yoga.”

Lorber believes that unlike other fitness methods, yoga shouldn’t be approached as a way to lose weight.
Yoga, she said, is a commitment to physical and spiritual self-transformation.

“Until you get involved you probably can’t believe this, but what happens is as you practice yoga, you become much more aware of what you eat,” Lorber said. “There is a balance that happens in the body once you open up the energy channels.”

Lorber said that people who practice yoga regularly begin to see tone and definition in their bodies.

“You are engaging muscles and ligaments in a way that you probably have not done before,” she said. “I’ve seen people literally redefine their bodies with yoga.”

Lorber doesn’t want anyone to be intimidated by yoga. She starts her clients out slow so that they can be confident that they are capable of the poses.

For more info, go to http://www.yogawarrenton.com.

Introductory routine by Lorber for everyone:

Step One: Virasana

Kneel on your mat and place a blanket or towel as a pad under your knees, behind your knees or under your feet if you feel any discomfort.
·Bring your palms together for “Namaste,” a traditional greeting.
Set your intention for your day while you’re in the position. Inhale deeply and exhale.

Step Two: Table
·Go into table pose by finding your balance on your hands and knees.
Make sure that your hands are directly under your shoulders.
Keep your core engaged – spine in a “neutral” position, neither sagging nor arched.

Step Three: Down dog
From table pose, curl your toes under. Exhale and lift your knees away from the floor. Bend your knees slightly if necessary.
·Lengthen your tailbone away from the pelvis.
·Begin to “pedal” your feet by lifting each heel up and down and bending each knee slightly one at a time.

Step Four: Return to table pose.

Step Five: Child’s pose
·Come into child’s pose by dropping your butt towards your heels as you stretch your hands, arms and torso forward. Rest your forehead on the mat, keeping your head and neck in alignment.

Congratulations! You have successfully completed an easy, yet essential yoga sequence, one that will strengthen your core muscles and stretch your back and legs.

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