Strong and Calm
Want to strengthen your muscles? Release your tensions? Burn calories? Build flexibility? Yoga is your one-exercise-fits all answer. And whether you’re a long-time yogi or a never-unrolled-a-mat novice, we’ve got the workout for you.
The Only Yoga Workout You'll Ever Need
If You're a Beginner: Move through the poses slowly, holding each for 5 breaths.
If You're More Advanced: Kick it up a notch by doing a quicker Vinyasa workout that’s set to a faster beat. Hold mountain and tree poses for 5 breaths each. Then “flow” through the remaining poses, matching each breath to each movement. But remember, move at a pace that’s comfortable for you.
- Mountain Pose
Stand tall. Stack all of your joints— knees over ankles, hips over knees, shoulders over hips—and be sure your ears are over your shoulders. Keep your arms at your sides, palms facing forward.
- Tree Pose
Balancing on your right leg, bring the bottom of your left foot in to touch your right ankle. (Your left knee should face outward.) Press your hands in prayer position at your chest. If you’re more advanced, your left foot can come up to your calf or your thigh. (Avoid the inner knee.)
Beginner tip: Instead of joining your hands, hold onto a chair or the wall for stability.
- Low Lunge With a Twist
From tree pose, step your left foot back into a low lunge. Place both hands on your right thigh. Put your left hand down underneath your left shoulder by the inside of your right foot, and lift your right arm toward the ceiling for a gentle twist.
Beginner tip: Rest your left knee on the floor during the lunge.
- Downward-Facing Dog
While still in a low lunge, place your right hand down onto the mat and step your right foot back to meet your left. (You should be in a push-up position.) Push your butt up to create an inverted “V” with your body, and feel your spine lengthening and stretching with this pose.
Beginner tip: Bend your knees a bit or step your feet closer to your hands.
From downward dog, move forward into a plank position, making your body a straight line from your neck to your ankles. Remember to keep your shoulders in line with your hands and your hips in line with your shoulders, making sure that your arms and legs stay straight. Squeeze your core.
Beginner tip: Keep both knees down on the mat.
- Baby Cobra
From plank position, bend elbows and gently lower your body down onto your belly, uncurl your toes, squeeze your elbows in, and lift up your chest.
Beginner tip: Keep your toes curled under. Return to start by pushing back up into downward dog. Step forward with one foot, then the other and go back into mountain pose. Repeat poses 1 to 6 on the left leg. Complete the entire sequence 5 to 10 times, depending on your fitness level.
Finish With: Savasana
Lie flat on your back, arms at your sides, with your eyes closed. Hold for as long as you wish—the idea is to end your practice in a peaceful state.
Try the Three-Part Breath, doing each step for five breaths: With your spine straight (sitting or lying down), inhale, as if inflating your belly. Exhale, keeping your breathing relaxed. Next, breathe more deeply, into your ribcage. Exhale, and when you inhale again the third time, fill your upper chest. Exhale, and feel your anxiety melt away.
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