Monthly Archives: January 2012

Yoga Pose of the Week

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This week’s pose: Mountain Tilt

What you’re toning: Abdominals

How-to: Stand with your arms at your side and your feet hip-width apart. Your toes should face forward. Raise your arm above your head, pointing your fingers upwards. Bend sideways at the waist, extending up and out to your left. Hold for a few seconds and return to center. Repeat on the right side. Do 3 to 5 times.

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Yoga Pose of the Week

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This week’s pose: Diving Warrior

What you’re toning: Abdominals, legs, thighs, glutes

How-to: From Downward Dog, lift your right leg while you exhale and draw the knee into the chest, rounding the back and holding the hips high. Using your core strength, step the right foot to the right thumb. Ground your back foot down, toes facing slightly forward. Exhale, and use your belly to pull yourself upright with your palms together at your chest. Inhale, curl inside your front knee and lengthen your chest. Exhale, pull up over your legs, twisting towards your back leg as your arms straighten and reach back into your side bend. Repeat this wave-like motion five to 10 times for a full abdominal workout in one move. After your Diving Warrior, return to Downward Dog, then repeat on your left side.

Yoga Pose of the Week

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This week’s pose: Flying Buttress

What you’re toning: Abdominals, inner thighs

How-to: From Downward Dog, lift your right leg up behind you. Exhale, bend the knee and bring it into your chest as you round your back sky-high. From your core, spin onto your outer left foot, and step your right foot halfway up the mat in front of you. Lift your right arm to the sky and keep the hips lifting for a super side-waist sculpting pose. Hold for five breaths, then return to Downward Dog and repeat on the other side. After your last Flying Buttress, come into Dog Pose. Play with lifting the bent leg’s foot off the floor, and then ground that one, and try to lift the straight leg for an extra-credit inner-thigh workout!

Yoga Pose of the Week

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This week’s pose: Resolved Abdominal

What you’re toning: obliques

How-to: Lying on your back, bring your knees together to the left, hovering above the floor, and stack your ankles. Reach your arms out slightly lower than shoulder height to engage upper back. Look up toward the ceiling. Hold legs hovering and roll the right ribs toward the floor to make as much contact with the floor as possible.

Repeat on the other side.