This month, Dr. Kiltz has chosen a wonderfully accessible and clear book on yoga for our Book of the Month. Anywhere, Anytime, Any Body Yoga is truly for everyone. The author, Emily Slonina, shows us various breathing techniques, poses, and sequences that can be utilized in almost any situation. The descriptions and photos she uses drive home the message that yoga is not just for athletes, it is for any age and body type.
Dr. Kiltz believes that a consistent yoga practice can positively support a cycle. If you are just beginning to enter the world of yoga, this book would be a nice and simple introduction to the basic techniques and concepts.
For a quick sample, here is one of the great de-stressor breathing exercises Slonina describes, taken directly from Anywhere, Anytime, Any Body Yoga:
The Cooling Breath
With your lips slightly parted, curl the sides of your tongue upward. Take a deep inhale through your mouth and exhale through your nose. You will feel the cooling effects first on your tongue and then throughout your body. Continue breathing this way for several rounds.
Modification: If you are unable to curl your tongue, breathe through your mouth as if you were sipping through a straw. Again, breathe out through your nose.
Benefits: This technique aids in lowering body temperature.
Tip: When you are outside in hot weather, riding in a hot vehicle, or finishing a sweaty workout, try this breath for an immediate drop in body temperature. Ladies: Try this to ease the intensity of your next hot flash.
This exercise was taken from page 11 of Anywhere, Anytime, Any Body Yoga: A Practical Guide To Using Yoga In Everyday Life
By: Emily Slonina