If your usual yoga routine has been feeling rather monotonous, and the beginner poses have become a piece of cake, then it’s time for you to challenge yourself! Here are three new yoga poses for the intermediate yogi.
Ty and hold each pose for 30 seconds while breathing deeply through your nose. Your muscles may ache a bit afterwards, but these three poses definitely turned my soft core into hardware!
Three New Yoga Poses:
Begin in Mountain Pose, then bend your left leg slightly as you cross your right thigh over your left. Hook your right foot around the left calf and take a moment to find your center of balance. Next, raise your arms in front of you so they are parallel to the ground, then cross your left arm over your right, and bring them up to create a 90 degree angle with your elbows. Your right arm should be wrapped around your left so that you can touch palms.
Begin on your knees, with your arms at your side, looking straight forward. Slowly draw your arms up over your head, then using one arm at a time, reach your hands behind you to grasp your heels. Make sure your hips are positioned over your knees, then relax your neck and shoulders so your head hangs back and your throat feels “open”.
Starting from a seated position with your legs extended fully in front of you, use your abdominal muscles to bring your legs up off the group to a 45 degree angle. Your upper body will naturally want to lean backwards, but don’t let it! Keep you spine straight and make a “V” with your legs and torso. Finally, bring your arms up and out in front of you, and hold, but remember to breathe! This position makes some people want to hold their breath, which is the opposite of good yoga form.