Hey yogis, get a class.
The last thing anyone needs to see is couples committing acts of downward dog in public and getting all sweaty doing the sun salutation pose -- right?
To celebrate National Yoga Week in Canada, deal website TeamBuy.ca, has released a public service campaign telling yoga fanatics to keep their stretches behind closed doors.
The video, which features some of the most "popular" spots for yoga -- for example, the oft-enacted headstand on the toilet -- is encouraging users to join a class.
In most cases, classes allows people to gain support from others, reduce stress and get advice from professional instructors. But on the other hand, saving money, finding your "zen" spot or just making your own schedule are reasons people stick to doing yoga alone (or in public).
But wherever you practice your yoga skills, make sure you keep doing it. Yoga is good for strength, balance and flexibility – and some studies show it helps improve the condition of our cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
And if all that public yoga is resulting in minimal sleep, check out these tips. Namaste.
The most basic of yoga asanas, the forward bend or Uttanasana involves bending over and attempting to have your knees touch your forehead. It can be good for releasing tension in the legs, back and shoulders.
Wide-Legged Forward Bend
Wide-legged forward bend or Prasarita Padottansana is similar to the forward bend but involves the legs being spread a few feet apart. It's known to calm the brain and stretch the back legs and spine.
Child pose or Balasana involves tucking your feet under your buttocks and bending forward with your hands stretched out in front (or resting lightly on either side). Child pose is good for relieving anxiety and fatigue -- by promotion relaxation -- and for stretching the hips, thighs and ankles.
Seated Forward Bend
Seated forward bend or Paschimottanasana is similar to the forward bend but is done while sitting instead of standing. It stretches the shoulders, spine and hamstrings and can be especially effective at relieving anxiety and insomnia.
Plow or Halasana is a more advanced yoga pose that involves lying down, bending one's body from the hip and placing the legs above and beyond the head. It stretches the shoulder and spine and can work for anxiety and stress-relief.
Supine Spinal Twist
Supine spinal twist or Supta Matsyaendrasana is a gentle reclining twist that involves lying down and twisting the upper body. The pose relaxes the back and spine and can help with insomnia.
Shoulder stand or Sarvangasana is an advanced yoga position that involves bending the body from the shoulders and lifting and holding the legs in the air. Sarvangasana improves digestion, stretches the shoulder and neck and helps reduce fatigue and alleviate insomnia by promoting relaxation.