New Year Challenge Pose: Crane

New Year Challenge Pose: Crane

A Core-Firing Arm Balance

So you’ve been doing yoga for a pretty long time, feel fairly strong and are ready to take things up to the next level. Enter arm balances. Arm balances provoke us to find just the right balance between what we call sukham (ease) and sthiram (effort). They strengthen the arms and wrists, engage and tone the core, and challenge us to find our breath when we feel like we want to panic and hold it in.

Hip Openers

Hip Openers

Improve Squats, Sprints, Glute Activation & More

Sitting all day causes the hip flexors to contract and become tight, making full hip extension difficult or painful. The result? One can develop chronic lower back pain, experience limited range of motion for key movements in the gym like squats and have difficulty fully activating the glutes.

Chaturanga

Chaturanga

The Full Body Toner

Sure, you know push-ups, but do you know Chaturanga Dandasana? This widely done yoga pose, also known as Four-Limbed Staff Pose, is yoga’s version of a traditional push-up. Unfortunately, there are many ways to foil this move, and I’ve seen it all!

Warrior 2

Warrior 2

Strengthen Legs, Stretch Hips

According to yoga philosophy, warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II) pose is named after a fierce warrior—an incarnation of Shiva—described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes and a thousand feet; wielding a thousand clubs and wearing a tiger's skin.

Rock Your Boat

Rock Your Boat

Strengthen Your Core, Calm Your Mind

Boat pose, or Paripurna Navasana, is an excellent example of finding such a balance. In Sanskrit—the ancient Indian language of yoga— “paripurna” means entire, full, or complete; “nava” means boat and “asana” means pose. Despite the effort and many actions involved, finding stability in this posture can help calm and align your body, mind and emotions.

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