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7 Yoga Poses to Challenge Your Body ...

By Tara

To get in your best shape you have to get comfortable being uncomfortable in your workouts. Often I feel out of breath and I feel like I cannot go another moment into my workout, but something happens and I push on. Actually now that I think about this it happens just about every day. Sometimes you just need to go this uncomfortable place to push your workouts to the next level. Of course listen to your body and never overdo it. A true athlete is self- aware and knows their body. So channel your inner athlete or yogi and get in your best shape. Learn these poses and you may become addicted!

1 Handstand Happiness

Go out on a limb and try this childhood move you once loved (and hopefully will love again). If you do not have a regular handstand practice, place hands on the ground and lean up against the wall for support. This will help build your upper body strength and give you a new upside view of the world.

2 Fallen Triangle

The fallen triangle is another move that will help you bring your yoga poses to the next level. From downward dog bring your left leg up in the air. Breathe out and bring your leg to touch your right elbow. Then breathe in and with the leg straight underneath your armpit, place your right heel to the floor and lift your right arm. Stretch and breathe for up to 5 breaths

3 Yoga Splits

Begin in downward facing dog and then follow the tips in this video to do a yoga split. Do not be discouraged if you are unable to complete a split; do the best that you can and work your way up to increased flexibility.

4 Arm Balance

These poses are more about developing grace and transforming stiffness into grace and beauty. So get focused and get in the yoga zone to work your body strong. Follow this fluid movement while you get both your body and mind in a relaxed state.

5 Sirsa Padasana – Head to Foot Pose

Enjoy the sound of birds in the background as you watch this video and model this pose yourself. This pose takes concentration, poise and strength. So get in position and do what you can. Are you ready for the challenge?

6 Gandha Bherundasana – Formidable Face Pose

Follow this ganda bherudasana with a few different variations and transitions. This pose has been proven to stimulate the nerve centers in the pelvis, chest and throat.

7 Taraksvasana – Handstand Scorpion

The handstand scorpion is one of the most challenging of poses that cranks up your yoga fitness to the next level. Work your way up to this pose. This pose strengthens your abdominal muscles, shoulders and back. So follow this instructional video and get in your best shape. It helps strengthen the abdominals, shoulders, and back muscles, and improves balance,

Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and get in your best shape? Then try these super challenging and effective yoga poses.

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