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.