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. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Fit & Aligned: Strong & Powerful Vinyasa
This vinyasa class is designed to kick your asana into transformation. Wake up the most powerful muscles in your body, ignite your metabolism and learn the functionality of yoga postures on and off your mat. Be prepared to work hard, hold steady and create the power needed to align yourself perfectly into inversions.
5. 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.
6. 14-Day Yoga Challenge: Upper Body Flow
This challenging upper body vinyasa flow will focus on opening the heart, expanding the chest, and finding space between your shoulders. Join Steffy White in this Grokker Premium Video and flow through your upper body.
7. 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.
8. 14-Day Yoga Challenge: Strong Flow
This strong flow is going to get your blood pumping, get you sweating, and leave you feeling great in no time. This dynamic flow is a fantastic way to get your muscles working and find that perfect yoga body.
9. 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.
10. 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.