Yoga for Small Spaces: Heart Pumping Sequence

Over the years, I’ve lived in a number of places – with host families in Costa Rica and Spain, in a bunch of different apartments in college, in Upstate New York, in southern Connecticut, in a hotel in Massachusettes, in a townhouse in southern Germany, an old loft in the Czech Republic – the list goes on. Strangely enough, the place I look back on with the most nostalgia is this little studio apartment I had while I was going through grad school. It was in a rough part of town, and definitely not the safest place, but it was all I could afford at the time. The building was old and falling apart, the elevators barely worked, and the entire place had a very distinct smell that I never really could place. I actually remember once afternoon coming home from student teaching and there were three cop cars outside my building. I asked if everything was ok, and they go, “Yeah nothing big, your neighbor was mugged but he’s fine.”

Uh, it was 3:00pm on a Tuesday! So yeah. Not the safest place, but it was my place. It was the first time I lived alone, and my little studio felt like a castle.

Today I want to address small spaces. Whether you travel a lot and are in hotels more often than you are home, are currently in a little studio apartment, or you’re living’ it up in dorm life, this yoga sequence should fit (quite literally) into your space. I created this heart pumping sequence because I don’t know about you, but sometimes after traveling and being sedentary in the plane for hours on end I just want to get in a good sweat. The instructions here should be considered suggestions. Definitely modify as you see fit – if you have more energy, hold the poses longer, and if you’re running on fumes, take it down a notch or two.  Enjoy!

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