Do you have an inclination for yoga and looking for a challenge? Yoga poses can be a great start to your journey, and mastering them can give you a great sense of power and control. We’ve rounded up 10 challenging yoga poses that will instantly transform your practice and keep you on your toes!
1. Visvamitrasana (Side Plank Posture)
A dynamic pose, Visvamitrasana will push your arm strength and balance as you lift up into side plank. Work on engaging your shoulder muscles and breathe deeply throughout the pose.
2. Pincha Mayurasana (Feathered Peacock Pose)
This impressive-looking arm balance requires a lot of upper-body strength and core control. Strengthen and warm your arms, shoulders, and abs before attempting this pose and practice with a partner for a safe and successful experience.
3. Bakasana (Crane Pose)
This arm balance is a great way to build strength in your arms and core. You will practice a lot of core engagement as you draw your knees in and up towards your chest. Be sure to practice safely and use a folded blanket underneath your feet for stability.
4. Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying Pigeon Pose)
A great pose for your hips, hamstrings, and legs, Flying Pigeon requires a lot of flexibility and strength in your legs. Start by folding your torso over your legs and using your hands to assist with your balance as you lift one leg off the ground and behind you.
5. Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
This pose is an amazing way to practice your balance and hip flexibility. Be sure to move at your own pace as you raise your leg and reach your arms back. You can use a block or wall to help you with your balance or work with a partner to guide you into the pose.
6. Titibasana (Firefly Pose)
This hip opener can be a challenge for many, but is also extremely rewarding. Focus on your breath and slowly move your feet down as you melt your belly and chest towards the ground. Use a wall for support if your hands do not reach the ground and slowly practice pressing your arms down.
7. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
This iconic pose can tax the mind and body. This back bend requires a lot of openness through the chest and a stable core for support. To enter the pose, slowly reach your hands back, moving one at a time, and feel your heart lift up.
8. Parsva Bakasana (Side Crane Pose)