In traditional Ashtanga, certain poses are reserved until you've mastered preliminary postures. Pranidhi Varshney upends this approach and teaches you how to come into backbends, wherever you are in your practice.
ELXR Yoga combines the demanding asanas of Ashtanga Yoga and the cardiovascular elements of Power Yoga with athleticism, alignment, mindfulness, and motivation.
You can have an ELXR experience wherever you are, without any added heat, because the practice uses vigorous movement to raise your internal body temperature.
If you're gasping for breath or generating pain to maneuver your body into a posture, ask yourself: Am I providing my body what it is asking for, or am I following a sequence of prescribed postures?
"At the end of the day, the technical aspects of Trikonasana are not enough. And you cannot get enlightened doing a fancy pose—no matter how perfect it is. It’s just not gonna happen."
Next time you find yourself bogged down with emails and to-dos, take 10 minutes to disconnect from the computer screen and practice this short yoga sequence.
"While a [drop-in] vinyasa class might fit better into my lifestyle, I can’t help but think I’ve been missing out on something important by practicing a newer, less traditional version of yoga," writes Erica Rodefer Winters. How do you balance tradition and innovation in your practice?
Kathryn Budig teaches a variation of headstand with your arms as a base of support.
Tim Miller gives advice for yoga beginners on what kind of Ashtanga class to choose.