Not only can challenging yoga be great for the body, but it can also work wonders on the mind. There’s no greater feeling than finally being able to hold yourself up in the crane pose, or knowing that you’ve improved your flexibility enough to execute frog pose with your legs flat against the ground. There’s no question that you’re in the best shape of your life when you can remain in poses like these for an extended period of time. Perfecting these poses can take months or even years, but the challenge pays off in the end.Athletes will tell you that weight bearing sports put an enormous amount of stress and strain on your body. From your hips to your hamstrings or lower back sports can put a real burden on your muscles. Athletic Yoga combines the cardiovascular exercise of a short dynamic warm up with the stretching achieved through more traditional fitness stretches. This type of yoga is especially designed for athletes and is perfect for before and after your traditional training regimen or practice session. Professional sportsmen from runners and tennis players to American footballers have all started to integrate yoga into their lives. Yoga Dance Party by Emilie Perz
1. Flow Till You Glow Series: Cardio Flow
If you're short on time and looking for a fast-paced flow, then you're in the right place. This class will get your heart rate pumping through cardio vinyasa that also incorporates elements of interval training. You'll definitely be sweating on this one, so grab a towel and make your way to the mat.
2. 14-Day Yoga Challenge: Yoga for Abs & Core
This quick ab-focused flow is perfect for building a strong core, which is key for stabilizing your entire body and enhancing your athleticism.
3. Fit & Aligned: Interval Vinyasa
Put your strength to the test with this challenging power vinyasa class. You'll use intervals throughout the flow to challenge your major muscle groups and play around with fun transitions and balance postures.
4. 20 Minute Yoga Flow for Core Strength
This is an instructional 20 minute yoga video that aims to strengthen the core in preparation for arm balances such as crow pose, headstand, handstand and forearm stand. The intention is to work all parts of the core including the upper abs, lower abs and obliques in a variety of ways that keeps the body guessing.
5. Fit & Aligned: Yoga Dance Party
This non-stop power vinyasa flow will put your agility to the test. Move, stretch, and twist yourself into alignment through standing postures, arm balances and funky inversions.
6. 7 Day Body & Soul Boot Camp: Deep Core Yoga
To really work your core, you have to go beyond basic crunches. Brett Larkin will help you find and work your deepest abdominal muscles in just 15 minutes. The class begins with a challenging core sequence on the floor, and is followed by a short yoga flow to stretch you out as a reward at the end.
7. Athletic Yoga for Cross Training
Adding some isometric holds and plometrics to your yoga for a great pre training warm up or to cross train.
8. Daily Dose of Yoga: Strength Flow
Get your muscles working to tone and strengthen the body in this energizing, dynamic yoga class led by Grokker yoga expert, Micheal James Wong. This posture-focused sequence works the entire body and leave you feeling uplifted and revived.
9. Lean & Strong Yoga: Chest & Triceps
Strengthen your yoga practice with alignment specialist and Grokker expert, Rocky Heron. This class will focus on the muscle groups associated with "pushing" in your practice in order to safely build lean chest and tricep strength. With increased strength, you'll be able to work towards deeper lolasana and chaturanga poses in your daily practice.
10. Full Body Breakdown: Lengthen and Strengthen
The focus of this energetic vinyasa flow class is on the legs. Grokker expert Emily-Clare Hill will help you build strength and stoke some fire in your stems through lunge-based standing postures. Once you're nice and warm, she'll guide you through a yummy and indulgent savasana series at the end to cool down.