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Yoga Poses

How to Cross These 4 Yoga Poses Off Your Bucket List

Never thought you’d ever be able to hit these peak poses? Sarah Ezrin shows you how.

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Want to add some challenge to your practice? Working toward peak poses is a great way to spice up your flow—and we break four of them down for you here. Whether this is your first challenge-centric practice or you consider yourself a peak pose pro, you’ll be able to find a pose that is right for you and your ability level.

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A Smart Prop Practice to Fly in Eka Pada Koundinyasana II

Sarah Ezrin demonstratesEka Pada Koundinyasana II with props
(Photo: Sarah Ezrin)

Searching for a peak pose with a ton of variations? This pose gives you just that. These prop variations of Eka Pada Koundinyasana II, which is also called Hurdler’s Pose, Albatross, Flying Splits, and Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya II, will give you new insight into this complicated peak posture. This guide includes warm-up poses (to make sure your muscles are ready) and a video of how to get into the peak pose using a variety of props. Practice it here.

Fall Apart (And Come Back Together) with Visvamitrasana

A woman demonstrates Visvamitrasana (Pose for Sage Visvamitra)
(Model: Erika Fischer / Location: Metta Yoga Studio)

Are you looking to nail one of the most complex asanas ever? We’ve got you covered. Visvamitrasana is an arm balance, standing pose, side bend, and twist—all in one posture. We break down all of the elements for you in this step-by-step guide, so you can (safely) build to the peak pose. Practice it here

A Flexible Prop Practice for Exploring Lord of the Dance

Sarah Ezrin demonstrates a variation of Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance Pose) by using a prone position
(Photo: Sarah Ezrin)

Think a steady and strong Lord of the Dance is impossible for you? Think again. The use of props in this prep practice can help you explore your flexibility in the pose. Props also ensure that you can more honestly observe your body (and its movement) as you practice. So grab a bolster, blanket, chair, strap, or block, and follow along. Practice it here. 

Too Much on Your Plate? Find Your Center in Gherandasana

Gherandasana (Pose Dedicated to the Sage Gheranda) 
(Photo: Sarah Ezrin / shot at Metta Studio in San Rafael, California)

Yes, this asymmetrical yoga pose will challenge you—it is a peak pose after all—but it can also re-center and re-energize you. This posture demands a lot, asking you to move your limbs in different directions, at the same time. But besides the physical benefits, this pose also impacts your brain. Practicing Gherandasana helps you build and improve bilateral integration—the ability to move both sides of your body at the same time. Practice it here.

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