5 Yoga Poses to Add to Your Next Workout
June 21 is International Yoga Day! An aspect of working out that people tend to set aside is mindfulness. We want to distract ourselves from the uncomfortable feeling or the shaking but then we fail to understand that being one with our exercises enlightens us of their benefits even more. You’ll know exactly which muscles work here and how we can modify to either strengthen or restore.
Yoga is equally a physical and mental exercise, creating harmony between what happens in the body and how the mind causes and reacts to the poses. So for International Yoga Day 2018, try adding some yoga poses to your next workout and see how it changes or intensifies your current practice.
Here are 5 yoga poses or asanas you can add to your next workout session.
1. Dolphin Plank – Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana
The dolphin plank is easy until you have to hold the pose for a more than a minute. This works the whole upper arm area especially the delts and biceps. The right form also works the thighs and core so always remember to tuck the tailbone in to maximize the benefits of this pose.
To turn it into a work out, shift the body forward until your shoulders are past the wrists, then shift it back. Do this for 8-10 reps.
2. Boat Pose – Navasana
The Navasana is a great pose to strengthen the core and elongate the hamstrings. From here, you can bring the chest and the knees closer to crunch and release while still hovering, kind of like doing the crunchy frog workout. This pose will definitely make you shake but that just means your muscles are working!
To intensify, do this pose on a block. To restore, bend the knees and/or keep the hands resting at the back of the legs.
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3. Warrior II – Virabhadrasana II
There are a number of Warrior poses in yoga, one of which is this one – the Virabhadrasana II. If you’ve been in this pose for more than five or seven breaths, you’ll start to feel the burn on the thighs. Both the bent and straight leg are working here, plus your arms start to feel stronger and stronger by the second.
To make it more dynamic, on the inhale, rest the back arm on the back leg and sweep the front arm up for a side stretch. Keep the front leg bent. This is called the Peaceful Warrior or Shanti Virabhadrasana. On the exhale, slowly make your way back up to Warrior II. Do this for 5-10 reps to strengthen both the arms and the thighs.
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4. Warrior III – Virabhadrasana III
The Warrior III is a lot different from the first two warriors and their variations. Warrior III is a balance pose where you stand on one leg and extend the other to the back. Your arms may reach forward or back, or do prayer hands.
One way to include it in your workout is to turn it into a crunch. On the exhale, make fists with your hands and crunch so that the knee of your lifted leg meets the elbows. Release and repeat for 5-8 reps.
5. Yoga Pistol Squats
The yoga pistol squats involves the Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana or Extended-Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose as a preparation. If you can’t reach your foot yet, it’s okay to let go and keep the hands on the hips. The standing pose alone already stretches the hamstrings a lot an involves a lot of balance.
For the workout, bend the standing leg to squat and slowly lift yourself up on the inhale. Repeat for 5-8 reps.
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