31 DAY STRENGTH PROJECT
Our first YBC Community Yoga Project was a huge success. It was about flexibility, and the results were awesome. So many of you wanted to do another project, and I figured I’d better get to work, since the New Year is approaching and it’s the perfect time to jump start our practices.
SO. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, I PRESENT THE JANUARY YOGA PROJECT: STRENGTH.
That’s right people, we are looking to get strong. Why?
For so many reasons. Let me count the ways.
- building strength may help to prevent injury.
- building core strength may alleviate minor back pain and sciatica.
- building upper body and core strength may improve your posture.
- building strength may burn fat, if you’re looking to tone up.
- building strength may fuel the progress in our practice.
I mean I could go on, but let’s get to the good stuff. First of all, who is invited?
That’s right, even you. Doesn’t matter if you’ve never tried yoga before, or you’re a seasoned student – everyone is welcome to join in.
Mission: Maintain a consistent yoga practice for the month of January focusing on strength building, and see how it impacts one strength pose.
1. Pick a strength pose that you’ll use to document your strength progress. Not sure what a strength pose is? Don’t worry, I have some suggestions below. If you have another pose in mind but aren’t sure there’s a major strength component to it, feel free to tweet me or leave it in the comments below and I’ll be happy to help you out!
- Total beginners: Utthita haste padangustasana C (first picture here) where you’ll see how high you can get the leg (requires major core strength!), baby grasshopper (requires core, leg, and upper body strength), regular downward dog, or 3 legged dog(requires upper body strength)
- Intermediate: headstand (requires upper body strength and core strength), crow pose or crow pose jump backs (requires upper body strength and core strength, forearm stand (requires upper body strength and core strength), grasshopper pose (requires upper body strength and core strength and lots of hip work).
- Advanced: handstand (requires upper body strength and core strength), scorpion pose (requires upper body strength core strength), press up to headstand/forearm stand/handstand (requires upper body strength and core strength)
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