30-minute Yoga Tune-up Workout

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I wanted to share this excellent 30-minute yoga routine by Valerie Goodman of YogaRevelation. This is a beginning-level routine and gentle, yet thorough. I usually do this practice a couple of times a week in addition to my other yoga workouts. Enjoy!

I wanted to share this excellent 30-minute yoga routine by Valerie Goodman of YogaRevelation. She is an excellent teacher and has an inspiring story of how she began yoga practice. This is a beginning-level routine, and gentle, yet thorough. I usually do this practice a couple of times a week in addition to my other yoga workouts. Enjoy!

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On several occasions I have written of my struggles over the years with chronic back pain. At one point, I had nearly given up on overcoming my condition, and was resigned to living in constant pain. Then, about three years ago I began practicing yoga, and slowly things started to get better.

My flexibility, which was already pretty good because of decades of aikido training, began to improve almost immediately. I was pushing myself pretty hard in the beginning, but had to back off because I need to give my back more rest since the yoga sessions were fairly intense. After about a year, I noticed a real transformation had taken place. I was not completely free of pain, but the frequency and intensity of my discomfort had greatly diminished.

What’s more, because of my newly-acquired knowledge of quite a few yoga poses, I could take steps to rebalance my body if I felt tight, or some pain coming on. I have a series of yoga stretches I do most days, and whenever I feel something is not quite right. I get almost immediate relief. It’s really empowering to know what to do to fine tune your body.

Stanley Pranin

Links to Stanley Pranin’s articles on yoga:

How I solved my chronic back problem
Return of the bad back!
Yoga Warmups for Aikido

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