Baptiste Yoga: Strong-Core Flow With Handstand Switch Kicks

Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis created this fun and challenging sequence to boost your core strength and mood as you flip your world upside down.
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Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis created this fun and challenging sequence to boost your core strength and mood as you flip your world upside down.

Master Baptiste Yoga teacher Leah Cullis, who will lead YJ's upcoming online course Pillars of Power Yoga(sign up here to be the first to know when it launches), created this fun and challenging sequence to boost your core strength and mood as you flip your world upside down.

Inversions are known for their mood- and health-boosting benefits, but they’re also great tools to help you break free from the seriousness of the adult world and infuse a sense of wonder, exploration, and play into your practice. Turning your world upside down can also have benefits beyond the mat. When you create a sense of fun and lightness in your practice, you expand the energy of play into all areas of your life, from your relationships to your work.

In this core-strengthening sequence featuring inversions, we’ll build up to Handstand Switch Kicks (also known as Playful Warriors) within Sun Salutation B. And remember, falling is a part of the process. It’s not the pose that matters, but rather the energy you bring to your practice, so have fun with these transitions and don’t take yourself too seriously. Before you begin this sequence, warm up with a rag doll Standing Forward Bend for 10 breaths and at least 3 rounds of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B. After you complete the sequence, I recommend finishing with 10 breaths in Half Pigeon on each side, a Seated Forward Bend, and a supine twist on each side. Generate ujjayi breath to set the rhythm for your practice.