Yoga has so many benefits to the body, mind and spirit, the practice of yoga can help you create strength, endurance and mental clarity while calming and centering the spirit. Difficult yoga poses are a great way to gain the full benefit of yoga and reach newfound physical and mental levels of practice. For beginner’s, it can be intimidating to even think of venturing out of your comfort zone and trying difficult poses. But with the right instruction, patience and practice, you too can achieve the difficult poses.
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
Also known as One-Legged King Pigeon Pose, this pose is challenging but with hard work and dedication, it is achievable. This pose is a backbend, so it’s important to work with a qualified yoga instructor to ensure you keep proper form and alignment. On the physical plane, this pose is great for stretching out tight hips and lower back. Plus, it helps relieve sciatica, anxiety and fatigue.
Also known as Lord of the Dance Pose, this pose may look daunting but is an absolute game changer and uses a lot of imagination and determination. This pose requires a ton of balance, and due to its difficulty, many struggle to even get into the pose, let alone master it. However, the reward is great, as it is a full body stretch, opens the chest and tones the abdomen and arms. Plus, it is great for increasing concentration.
Also known as Firefly Pose, Tittibhasana is an extremely challenging but deeply rewarding pose. In this pose, you support your body weight on your hands and legs and often, with the help of props like ankle weights or dumbbells. This pose is incredibly tough and may require patience and grace to even get into the pose. But, those who have mastered this pose have noted its benefits including increased upper body strength and improved balance.
Also known as Upward Cockerel Pose, Urdhva Kukkutasana tests your strength and balance. This pose requires interlacing your fingers while balancing your footing on one foot only. Many refer to this pose as the ultimate test of balance and strength and suggests a strong trust in the self in order to practice it. Those who can practice it experience an increase in overall body flexibility.
When introducing these poses, it’s important to remember to practice the poses with grace and patience and trust that the process takes time and dedication. As with nearly any yoga pose, these poses will be easier with some practice and healthy alignment. With that said, know your limits and never force yourself into any of these postures.