You can see Welcome to Yoga Flow Part I here 🙂
Here are a few more Yoga poses you can do on your own to create your own practice. You can do them as a flowing series or you can hold the poses, allowing yourself to relax in the stretch and focus more on slowing down your breathing. I personally like doing a combination of both: flowing and holding. Click on the pose to see a detailed description from Yoga Journal’s website.
Welcome To Yoga Flow
We’ll start with Forward Fold
You can bend your knees during this pose if that is more comfortable for your body.
I think the key to enjoying any Yoga pose is to adapt it to your body and work with in your body’s limits.
Next, we’ll take the original chair pose and add a twist to it for a nice variation
This pose is a nice stretch for the upper body. I can really feel the stretch in my shoulders and upper back. It’s also a great strengthening pose for the legs and really tests you balance! After chair pose, I take it back into a forward fold to transition to the next pose.
From a forward fold, we’ll take it to a high lunge, which is a great strength pose
You can leave your knee on the ground for a variation of this pose. You can also keep your hands on the ground or resting on your thigh. Remember, it’s about working with your body 🙂
Another variation of a high lunge is to add a twist to it
From Lunge, we’ll go into a forward plank pose, which is a great for upper body and core strength. Again, feel free to lower your knees down.
From plank, we’ll rotate to one side to a side plank
Take it back to forward plank to lift up into Downward Facing Dog
From Down Dog, we’ll take one leg back, bending the knee and draping it back. Your eyes gaze under your arm. This pose really opens up the hips.
From here we’ll rest in Child’s Pose
From Reverse Warrior, we’ll go into side angle pose. Notice I rest my forearm on my thigh. You can also extend that arm down to the ground, depending on your flexibility.
I love half moon, it’s like balancing in the first portion of a cartwheel!
Eagle is a cool pose, it’s all twisted and funky.
It’s a great balancing challenge!
Definitely make sure you are warmed up for any back bend poses. I save these for the end of the class, so we’re nice and warm!
Camel is a great back bending pose to add to any Yoga practice. Make sure to modify it to your body. For example, you can keep your hands on your hips and just do a slight back bend.