Looking to add a little va-va-voom to your Valentine's Day? This Iyengar Yoga hybrid uses a pole to aid alignment and may be just what you need to mindfully mix things up.
This latest hybrid yoga style won't teach you how to spin upside down around a dancer's pole or do Warrior III in 5-inch heels. What it will do is build strength and improve flexibility through meditative movement, says former gymnast-turned-yoga teacher Carolyn Chiu, who combines martial arts and Iyengar Yoga in her classes at Yoga Pole Studio in Brooklyn. “The pole helps encourages students to control their stretches while teaching them to push physical and mental limits,” says Chiu. “Utilizing the pole also creates a safe, effective method of teaching inversions, and it's more fun and exciting.”
PROPS NEEDED A pole or a tree. Hold each pose for 2 breaths, working your way up to 8. Repeat 3 times on each side.
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