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Yoga For The Lazy

When I competed in last year’s “Surviving The Blog” challenge, I had the pleasure of working with Ntathu Allen, a London-based yoga teacher.   In case you haven’t noticed, yoga is more popular these days than it has ever been- so I decided to give it a go.

The biggest obstacle most people face when starting a new health or fitness routine is sticking with it.  They bite off more than they can chew and get frustrated.  To that end, I have put together a guide aimed at those who want to ensure they don’t aim too high with their goal-setting.

IMPORTANT:  Before starting this, or any other exercise program, always consult with your doctor and ensure you are ready for this sort of activity.

Clothing
Always make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing.  You want to make sure you have full range of movement.

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Seated Child's Pose

Preparation
It is critical that you are in a quiet place for these exercises.  I don’t mean mentally or spiritually – I mean a place that is literally quiet.  No kids running around, dogs barking, vacuum cleaners running, etc.

Pose 1:  Seated Child’s Pose

This first asana emulates the position of a child watching television.  Place your feet up on a table or ottoman, so that your legs are parallel to the ground.  Stare forward and take several deep breaths.  Once you become comfortable with this position, try crossing your legs at the ankle.

Pose 2: Lounging Dog

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Lounging Dog Pose

Rest your body across a sofa or love seat, with your head resting in your left hand.  For balance, hold a light object- like a television remote- in your right hand.  Take several deep breaths and focus straight ahead on the television.  Try to imagine that you are in a giant movie theater watching the show alone – and do your best to tune out everyone and everything around you.

After 15 minutes, flip your body to the other side and switch the remote to your left hand (see illustration 3).

Be Realistic
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Don’t expect to do these perfectly on day one.  The important thing is that you are trying!  I promise you, if you dedicate an hour or so to this every day, you will become much more relaxed and comfortable.

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Illustration 3

Once you have mastered these basic asanas, you can move on to more complicated positions, such as Reclining Road Warrior or Exhausted Cobra.

Go For It
To those of you who challenge yourself to try these new techniques, I wish you the best.  May 2012 be your most relaxed year ever.

Namaste!

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About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni. In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

About Larry Lourcey

Plano portrait artist, Larry Lourcey, holds the designation of Master Photographer awarded by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2007.  Several of Larry’s images have been selected for the prestigious PPA Loan Collection, including an image displayed at Imaging Asia in 2005. While Lourcey is most recognized for his black and white photography, the breadth of his work includes vibrant photo paintings, Polaroid transfers, and photographic collages.  He derives his inspiration from master painters like John Singer Sargent and Edgar Degas, while embracing the bold styles of more modern greats; such as Pino Daeni.

In his free time, Larry enjoys trying to find free time. Follow him on Twitter as @larryphoto

Comments

  1. Great idea , it’s so wonderful thank u Larry for that :D

  2. Only a yoga style i can do comfortably

  3. Healthy living and cooking a healthy meal starts with healthy shopping. I regularly organize Health Food Store tours to educate on healthy food shopping, reading labels, how to prepare foods and provide dietary and lifestyles tips.
    and yes! Yoga is a must! whether you are lazy or not! :)
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  4. Preparation! This is by far the most important aspect. I know that in order for me to do things right I have to be in a quiet area. If I am home alone it is on. I know I am going to have a good workout. I started using these personalized weekly meal plans and it has really helped me out a lot. Great Article!
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  5. Finally a Yoga pattern everyone can do ;)
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  6. This post is really worthy to reading. I like Child’s Pose. I’ll try this one.

  7. At first I thought this was silly but yeah made me more relaxed. Doing yoga while watching your favorite tv show, how good is that?
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  8. I like dead body pose, all you need to loose up and not try to sleep. :)
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  9. This is so smart! Great job writing this article! You can do Yoga at your own home with these positions. If you’re too lazy to get an instructor, you can try these at the convenience of your own home. Well done, this is very clever. Thank you for sharing this.
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  10. funny but easy yoga postures… anyone can do anywhere… i’ll try it and suggest it to my friends… :D
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  11. I can see the TV handset is the most important part of the set up ! ha Ha — super cool article — thought it was going to be a dribble article — GREAT fun ! thanks for the laugh.
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  12. hahha. It was a lot of fun. Thanks! :D

  13. Thanks for this great post! I’m a passionate amateur golfer, and I tried to start with yoga since I really suffered from back pains which often spoilt even a tournament victory…Yoga is incredibly effective in instant help, as well as ongoing relief. So after some practice (very similar to what you describe in the post), I decided to attend yoga classes. However, I found it difficult to discover some classes which would suit me. Thanks to this general guide about yoga in Toronto, I got to know about some gorgeous yoga studios. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any offers tailored to specific needs of golfers. Well, hopefully we are still just about to see rise in this area on global scope.

  14. yes…more poses please..this is what i call couch potato yoga

  15. Haha, too funny. If Bikram would introduce these asana’s into his routine, I may start doing yoga again.
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  16. Really nice tips, I’ll try to work on some of these.
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  17. Thanks to Ana first as she helped me to find this beautiful blog of meditation. And thanks to Larry for this post. I am a Buddhist by religion and follow meditation but yet not been able to do it comfortably. I hope your idea of meditation may help me to meditate.

    And, beside this way of meditation, what else can I try to improve my concentration? I hope you can help me with this.

    Thanks a lot :)

  18. couldn’t stop laughing when I did read this, Allie.

  19. This really fits on me.. aside from being lazy doing yoga. I have no time doing it.
    thanks for the tips ;)

  20. I can’t stop laughing!

    I do yoga sometimes but not very well. Maybe I should try your style. That was too funny!

    ~Allie
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  21. hahahah
    that’s amazing
    can’t believe i can do yoga while watching TV :)

  22. I wonder if I can have the space to do the lounging dog pose. If only I can convince our pooch to stay off the couch for some time.
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  23. Haha I love number 2 the lounging dog. I would love to be able to do this if my dog would ever leave room on the couch lol
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  24. wow. I am so thankful to have found this post, Larry. I am just Shocked to learn that I have been doing this yoga stuff for years, without any instruction at all! Thank you so much!
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  25. Okay! So, I will not thank you until I get it. LOL!! Kidding… Great post for lazy people like me. I’ve tried many times. :( But I could never continue… Let me try one more time.
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  26. Great article… Especially for people like me who spends the day on a sofa.

  27. Inhale – take a long slow deep breath and slowly exhale.
    Now lift the bowl of popcorn – lightly balancing with your right hand.
    Gently move it close to your mouth. As you reach your lips, open wide and pour directly into the back of your throat being careful not to smoother yourself.
    Remember the breath!
    Continue to gaze directly at the television as you slowly place the bowl directly in front of you and repeat 10 times.
    When you’re finished, softly close your eye lids, and enjoy the rest of your day.
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    • LOL!!

      This one is better. I’m gonna do this.
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    • I did this last night – bonus points for watching the movie Gandhi with my son while practicing, right?
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      • Watching Ghandi shouldn’t count Holly because he was weaving, thinking and prognosticating–he’d have made a good blogger in another time.

        I’m pretty sure “couch yoga” as explained by Larry is where nirvana is finally achieved through inaction and null neuronal activity. Stretching and muscle development ocurrs during the process of reaching for the chip, dipping and inserting.

        • True. But he was peaceful, calm, and resolute – there’s a certain stillness to his thoughts that one might try to emulate, even as one thinks, “No way would I just sit there and let those South Africans BEAT me!” (Of course, it was a clever, if risky, approach to “war.”)

          Anyway, Ben Kingsley was doing all the work, unless you count the effort of shaking salt over the popcorn…
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          • My kids got about 20 minutes into Ghandi before giving up. I told them to think of British Troops as Imperial Storm Troopers and everything clicked:)

            Ben Kingsley was the bomb :)

          • Mine’s not giving up.

            Probably hoping if he watches the whole thing, I won’t drag him with me to The Hunger Games.

            He’d be wrong about that. ;)

            No, seriously, he’s brought up Gandhi often enough in the past that I thought this would be a good way to deepen his knowledge of the man. He doesn’t seem too tortured and has been asking good questions.
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          • “Hunger Games”…Hollywood “story-jacks” writers again in an attempt at stimulating imagination via couch-yoga…

            So…where is everyone today? You guys follow contests and fads like gypsies follow a billfold. I could click on your included links but that never tells where the in-crowd is hanging…

          • Dave! You know that MY included links are generally meaningful. (Well, no, you’ve read all my CommentLuv-linked posts – I refer to those I include IN the posts.) I don’t follow fads. Could not care less about fads. But weirdly competitive plus cash prize = irresistible.
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  28. This is absolutely hilarious. Do you know…I came to read, expecting there to be real poses for “lazy” people. This is really funny. Great article…really funny!!
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  29. Hi Larry,

    I really enjoyed this one! Thanks for the humor! Now everyone can participate in yoga daily!

    Stacy

  30. Larry, my favorite was pose #2. It’s so important in life to have a little fun and not take everything so seriously. Thanks for the instructions on ignoring others.

  31. Absolutely hilarious. Your living room yoga is one class that I might be able to handle. So funny. I imagine that this took many years of practice to master the techniques.
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  32. This is hilarious. Thanks for the chuckle!

  33. Bahaha! You guys are a riot!

    Thanks for being the inspirational blog.
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  34. Hi Larry and everyone else this is a very interesing post! I will put these maneuvers to work this weekend! It is always great to get some exercise in, even when being a couch potato!
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  35. Dave Michaud says:

    Stretching before assuming a position seems critical. How do you deal with interruptions Larry? I find that stirring the paint bucket for my wife can be distracting.

  36. really a nice one… specially for people like me who sits infront of laptop for about 10hrs…
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  37. Hi Larry, oh, this is so funny. I’ve seen people do these poses spontaneously with little to no training and I can tell you first hand, they don’t do it as well as in your pictures!
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  38. I spent the weekend practicing these techniques, Larry! I think I’m ready for the next lesson – I’ve got these down to an art!
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  39. Love it Larry. A true yogi..made me laugh.
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  40. Excellent approach to yoga Larry. I love it.
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  41. With this system you can take the gym membership money and apply it toward a larger TV! :) Best of luck!
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  42. Its like you wrote that post with me in mind!

    I recently joined a gym because I was getting too sluggish. In college I did yoga regularly and it was awesome! I just felt nicer and my weight was very well controlled!

    But its been a long time since I did that; this makes much more sense now! But, it might make me too relaxed! I am scared ;)
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