After an energizing yoga flow, there’s one restorative pose that can help you boost harmony and bliss. (In Ayurveda, this easeful quality is called sattva.) This supported, supine variation of Gomukasana (Cow Face Pose) provides deep rest by elevating the legs and loosening tight hips. This soothing inertia rejuvenates!
Sometimes you need to step out of your flow, break your goal pose down to its key actions and body parts, and focus on those for a while. If you do, we promise that when you build that pose back up again, it’ll be an entirely different experience. Here, Irene Pappas teaches a drill that will transform your Wheel Pose. Don’t forget to warm up first!
Too intimidated to make Forearm Balance part of your practice? Irene Pappas has a drill to get you there. Inversions take focused practice, she says. And drills like this one helped her get stronger and more flexible than the typical vinyasa class alone could. Practice this drill to build the strength in your shoulders and flexibility in your hamstrings, so you can float effortlessly up into the pose.
As yogis, we spend a lot of time stretching our hamstrings and glutes. But consider this: How much time do we spend strengthening them? Not enough, says Irene Pappas. Here, she borrows a couple of strengthening moves from Pilates to target the glutes and hamstrings.
Yoga asks a lot of our joints, and building more stability around them is one of the best ways to prevent or remedy pain and injury. Here, Irene Pappas walks you through two drills to strengthen the muscles on the front, back, and underside of your shoulder. You’ll need a cork block, heavy book, 3-pound dumbbell, or can of soup. (Warning: The weight of that block will sneak up on you!)
All you need is a blanket to ratchet up the challenge.
Think you’ve mastered Plank Pose? All you need is a prop to ratchet up the challenge. Carrie Owerko—who leads YJ’s upcoming series of video practices, Iyengar Yoga for Strength and Agility—takes you through three variations of this classic core-strengthening move. Grab a blanket and get started!
Encourage mobility with a quick practice you can do at the office.
Spending too many hours hunched over a screen can really stiffen your shoulders and upper back. But the solution may be simpler than you think: Take a quick break to release the tension with this simple sequence from Carrie Owerko, who explores creative ways to enhance movement in YJ’s upcoming video practice series, Iyengar Yoga for Strength and Agility. Here, she shares an easy exercise you can do to mobilize your shoulders—and all you need is a wall.