Guest Author - Martha McKinnon
A Morning Cup of Yoga: one 15-minute routine for a lifetime of health & wellness by Jane Goad Trechsel, is a delightful little yoga book I turn to again and again, give to friends, and suggest to new yoga students. This 80-page spiral-bound, beautifully illustrated book details a 15-minute yoga routine designed for you to do in the kitchen, where a chair and counter are the only equipment required. All poses are done either standing or sitting and you don't even need a yoga mat. It is a great introduction to yoga for those who may be overwhelmed by the idea of going to a public class or think that yoga is too difficult. A Morning Cup of Yoga helps dispel these common misconceptions in a simple straightforward lighthearted way providing exercises that can be done by those of most any age and ability.
I continue to be amazed at how much better my day unfolds when I begin it with this simple, basic yoga sequence. The author manages to touch on all the body parts needing attention from neck to toes, leaving me feeling stretched, strengthened, balanced, and energized. It is a positive way to start the day even if you donít like to exercise. Many of the poses can be used throughout the day to relieve the tension that builds up from sitting at a desk too long. My personal favorites include seated chair twist and hip stretch.
One suggestion to avoid any unnecessary frustration: Fully familiarize yourself with the poses using the book before attempting to incorporate the accompanying CD, that while pleasant, is a bit too briskly paced for those not fully acquainted with the poses.
In addition to the short routine, the author provides a "Sip of the Sutras," a concise introduction to the eight-limbed philosophy of yoga and guidance for beginning meditation if you are so inclined.
A Morning Cup of Yoga reinforces my favorite yoga teacher's belief that a little yoga done often is better than a lot of yoga done infrequently. If you are looking for an easy way to establish a yoga routine at home and have little time to invest, A Morning Cup of Yoga offers an inviting accessible way to get started.