14 Advanced Yoga Poses to Revamp Your Vinyasa Routine
You’ve graduated beyond downward facing dog and tree poses. Now, look to these advanced yoga poses to challenge your practice even further.
Once you start on a beginner yoga routine, it doesn’t take long to get familiar with the basic poses. What was once intimidating is soon fun, and not only can you down dog with the best of them but you can even say “happy baby pose” without giggling. Eventually, you start to want more of a challenge with more advanced yoga poses. Don’t get us wrong, you can always work on making your basic poses stronger, but there’s nothing wrong with wanting to push yourself a little bit beyond simple and try some advanced yoga poses. (Related: Take Our 30-Day Yoga Challenge to Get Your Om On)
“It’s the job of a good instructor to remind students they can do more than they think they can,” says Kylie Larson, a registered yoga teacher and expert instructor for Yoga Download. Taking a pose to the next level will not only build muscles in places you didn’t even know you had muscles, but Larson says it will also give you a mega confidence boost. “Many of my students are surprised at first when they can do the advanced yoga poses, but of course they had it in them all along—they just needed someone to give them a little nudge.” Once you’ve mastered the advanced yoga pose modifications below, you can incorporate them during any basic yoga class.
Consider yourself nudged! We had Larson take 14 basic yoga postures and demonstrate how to amp them up. Now it’s your turn!
Total Time: up to 45 minutes