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You’re probably familiar with Laura Kasperzak and Masumi Goldman, the Instagram darlings behind wellness company Two Fit Moms. (We can’t get enough of Laura’s “Mini” and Masumi’s inspiring posts, not to mention their yoga wardrobes!)
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Kasperzak and Goldman recently launched a digital series with Gaiam called It’s Never Too Late(part of Gaiam’s Yoga Rising Series), featuring five instructional yoga practices ideal for any level. And the good news is they’re sharing all of five sequences with YJ readers, beginning with this Balance Practice.
Warm up with 5–10 rounds of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations). Then approach the following seven poses with an even breath and a commitment to focus solely on the current posture. Remember to breathe deeply and find a drishti, or gazing point, in each pose to help maintain your balance. Afterward, try to apply the same undivided focus to everything on your to-do list.
Modified Side Plank
This modified version of Side Plank doesn’t require as much strength to perform as the full expression of the pose. However, balancing on the shin and foot of your bottom leg and lifting your top leg adds an element of instability that will challenge even an experienced yoga practitioner.
Start with a basic Tabletop position. Then transform it into a core-strengthening exercise by extending an opposite arm and leg. And switch.
Not sure how? See Kathryn Budig Challege Pose: Flip the Grip
Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangustasana)
This pose provides a great combination of flexibility training as well as balance training.
Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
With one hip stacked right over the other and shoulders stacked as well, this pose requires focus, practice, and patience. Remember to approach your practice with a light heart and an attitude of non-attachment.
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Half Moon of the Sugarcane Pose (Ardha Chandra Chapasana)
If you’ve managed to balance for more than a few breaths in Half Moon pose, you’re ready to attempt the Sugarcane variation of the pose. This is a challenging balance pose that includes a backbend. To enter it from Half Moon, reach back with your top arm and kick your foot firmly into your hand to maintain balance and to help open the chest and hip flexors.
For more instruction, listen to Baron Baptiste Teaches Half Moon Variation
Want to take it further? Try the Kathryn Budig Challenge Pose: Funky Sugarcane
Crow Pose is one of the first arm balances that most students attempt in their yoga journeys.
Tip for beginners: Place a pillow on the floor in front of your hands to cushion any falls—and boost your confidence!
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