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 this fitness- and focus-boosting course launches), demonstrates her energizing 11-pose sequence to get your heart pumping in honor of American Heart Month.
Happy #HeartMonth! As we celebrate the month dedicated to raising awareness of cardiovascular health, this energizing sequence will get your heart pumping as it opens your body, strengthens your core, and clears your mind. I recommend moving through the flow part of the sequence holding each pose for 5 breaths the first time through, then repeating two more times with one breath per movement. Linking the poses together and repeating them one breath per movement will increase the cardiovascular benefits of your practice, warm your body, and prepare you for the backbends.
Before you begin this sequence, warm up at least 3 rounds of Sun Salutation A and Sun Salutation B. After you complete your final backbend, I recommend finishing with 5–10 breaths in Reclining Bound Angle Pose and a supine twist on each side.