Whether you are a fully-fledged yogi or complete beginners, reading The A To Zen Of Yoga by Sarah Tucker will teach you how to better yourself – physically and emotionally. A qualified yoga instructor, Sarah focuses on how certain postures can help rid everyday-life troubles, from jet lag and heartbreak, to loneliness or anger, but in a simplistic way with easy to follow imagery, which showed us how to pose correctly. Practice these moves in your lounge or garden – we’ve picked our top two below.
The A to Zen of Yoga by Sarah Tucker
If you travel a lot, Sarah recommends certain poses to counteract the common side effects of regular flying, such as anxiety, stress, impatience and headaches. Start with the ‘mountain pose’ – stand with feet hip distance apart, a tall spine and relaxed shoulders. With your palms clasped together, inhale down into your diaphragm and exhale from the top of the lungs to the bottom, releasing your diaphragm last – Sarah explains how to breathe properly during this in the book. Repeat 12 times.
Sarah tells us how the mind can still be active when you get into bed, making it difficult to fall asleep. By calming the mind and the nervous system, you can enjoy a much better night’s sleep, she tells us. Standing with your feet in mountain pose (mentioned above), and your knees soft, bend forward, moving from the hips, not the lower back. Place your hands next to your feet or on the ground in front of you and inhale, extending your chest to lengthen your spine, then exhale and gently press both legs toward straight.
Sarah Tucker focuses on how certain postures can help rid everyday-life troubles