For every yoga pose there are variations. As we grow in our practice, learning the limits and limitlessness of our bodies we become familiar with these different poses. Above are images of many different variations of each yoga pose while relying on the support of YogaPaws.
You’ve probably seen countless pictures of yogis like Kathryn Budig casually flipped upside down on their hands, looking like it’s as easy as walking. Your first reaction might be, “I’ll never be able to do that.” Think again. If it’s “doable,” you can do it. Creating the building blocks for a strong upper body and core starts with your feet firmly on the ground. Patience and acceptance are part of working into poses like Adho Mukha Vrkasana (Handstand).
You’ve also probably seen famous yogis like Ana Forrest and Patricia Walden showing off their pretzel-like flexibility and seemingly ageless bodies on magazine covers, in books and on DVDs. But, you don’t have to do 80 drop-backs for your yoga to help you feel younger, inside and out.
Yoga should be a safe place to explore your edge. It’s not competitive. The teacher and students are all supportive. Still, when the instructor suggests the class try challenging poses such as arm balances, you may feel anything but secure. Relax. Breathe. And go for it. As long you’re trying, you’re succeeding. By allowing yourself to make the attempt—even if you fall—you’re already facing down the fears that limit you. We are adding descriptions to each pose to help you get in and out comfortably and safely. J
You don’t have to dedicate an hour out of your day to practice yoga. These portable poses can be your wake-up call, a stretch before your daily jog or a pick-me-up in the office bathroom after a stressful meeting. The peace of the first minutes of your day is a great time to get on your mat and recharge your body and mind before the phone rings. These five poses will stretch and strengthen your muscles and calm your mind.
Trick is just getting started. Pick a pose and start working on it. The only certainty in life is: with practice there will always be progression. Have fun!!