Lately, I've been lazy about my home yoga practice. Motivation eludes me but with my new Apple T.V. I decided to take it easy and look for free yoga video podcasts that essentially do the sequencing for me. All I have to do is roll out my mat and follow along.
So I browsed around, found snippets here and there -- a sequence from everyone's favorite controversial yogi Tara Stiles (who I really like) and one called The Magic Ten from Jivamukti's Sharon Gannon. Then I stumbled upon something called The Pentagon Channel and found a Yoga podcast from a military-designed series called Fit For Duty (it's podcast #7 at this itunes link).
Fit for Duty Yoga is a solid, well-conceived 25 minute asana session shot on a beautiful beach on the base in Coronado, San Diego. The work-out emphasizes core training with great technique and a no nonsense, no sanskrit, yet extremely kind approach. Sure there are a couple reminders to engage your abs "like you're bracing for a punch in the stomach" but then Major Lisa Lourey reminds us "there's no beating in yoga".
With sensible modifications and well-meaning encouragements like "if this pose isn't for you, don't worry about it," this podcast is what a home practice is all about: no worries and no military formation necessary.