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3 Steps to a Headstand

3 Steps to a Headstand

There is no shortcut when it comes to more advanced inversions. But, there is one simple rule: practice. You've probably heard that same advice many times and got tired of it. It's simpler said than done. The truth is that dedicated practice does come with results, both big and small. Practice these 3 steps to a headstand daily or at least few times a week to see results. Assistance from a certified yoga teacher is recommended if you have neck injuries or if you don’t want to try it alone.

Relax Anywhere With This 5 Minute Yoga Routine

Relax Anywhere With This 5 Minute Yoga Routine

Whether you're sitting behind your office desk or laying on your yoga mat, this yoga routine will help you to relax anywhere in 5 minutes. Reserve time for yourself. Relax and zone out of your hectic day for a blip of time. It doesn’t matter where you are. You could be heading back home from the gym. Do this routine in your dressing room. If you can't fall asleep because your thoughts are overwhelming you, try this breath-focused routine for a calmer mind. At the end of this 'Relax Anywhere' routine, we will explore a yogic breathing technique called Alternate Nostril Breathing. I will briefly guide you through it here so that you can watch the demonstration before trying it yourself.

Absolute Beginner Yoga Workout

Absolute Beginner Yoga Workout

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To begin a yoga practice you need to stop competing with yourself and others. Yoga is a lot more than Downward Dog poses. The pose is actually quite challenging, and holding it for several breaths at ease is difficult, even for the most flexible. Before you can advance much further with yoga, you need to build the foundation of your practice by engaging your breathing with your movement and the moment. These are the key points of this Absolute Super Beginner yoga practice video where we will begin building the base. These moves are also good reminders for others who are more advanced with their practice. It's important to slow down and not go through the flow as if you're on auto-pilot.

This practice will give you the first insight of acknowledging different body parts during the practice. You'll engage in the moment. Breathing deeply actually requires a little bit of work in the abdominals. On the other hand, balancing poses are actually more work for the mind than for your body.

Since yoga is a lot more than making your heels touch the mat in Downward Dog, I left that pose out of this 30-minute routine on purpose.

Explore who you are and feel better by breathing deeper.

This is a post by PumpUp member Marinka Essel. Follow her on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)

Yoga in Bed : Morning and Night Routines

Yoga in Bed : Morning and Night Routines

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Sometimes you just can’t resist hitting the snooze button in the morning. To break free from this habit and put an end to the excuse that you're 'too busy' for exercise, get a workout done in your bed.  You won't need to rush out the door any more. Yoga in bed will save your life.

Here is a quick yoga routine that anyone can do to become energized and motivated enough to wake up and exercise. You will have time for your gym session, your morning run, or however you prefer to work out in the morning. This yoga in bed routine will give you a tiny boost to help you kill the snooze. The poses included in this video will get your blood circulation going, wake up your digestion system, and stimulate your mind. Even if you do end up sleeping so late that you just can’t find the time to squeeze in that morning run, this 5 minute yoga in bed routine is something you can do before you head out of the door.
Yoga in Bed - Night time Yoga routine // Klaaqu for the PumpUp Blog

What if your body is too tired after a long day? Sometimes, you just can't sleep because your day has been too stressful. Here is another routine that you can do in your bed as well. Do this yoga in bed routine at night, wash off your makeup, and brush your teeth. Follow these calming poses and hold them for a little bit longer than you would in the morning. Help your brain relax, fall asleep faster, and get a higher quality of sleep.
These yoga in bed routines from PumpUp member @rinkae will energize your morning, or bring peace to your mind at night. Follow her on Instagram @rinkae_ and check out her YouTube channel.

7 Day Yin Yoga challenge | What is yin yoga?

7 Day Yin Yoga challenge | What is yin yoga?

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If you like to remain in yoga poses for longer, yin yoga might be for you. Detract from the hurried pace of life and explore what is happening in the present moment with this unique style of yoga.

 

Yin Yoga has a slower pace. Less is more in yin yoga. It’s a slower and gentler yoga practice where each pose is commonly held for longer periods. Holding a pose for more than 5 minutes is common for this style of yoga.

 

Yin yoga focuses on breathing. The practice of yin yoga draws attention to your inhalation and exhalation  patterns. By doing so, it's easier to fall into a meditative state. As you hold each pose for greater lengths of time, you devote more time and attention to the rhythm of your breath, relaxing your body deeper into the pose.

 

Yin yoga targets deep connective tissues. "Over the past few centuries, the physical practice of yoga has become more yang-like,"said Bernie Clark of Semperviva Yoga Studios. "The poses are physically demanding and held for longer periods of time. Balance requires the yin side to be honoured as well." Yin yoga is not an active, muscular form of yoga, but a simple practice. Physically, it targets deep connective tissues: bones, ligaments, cartilage, etc. It also stimulates the flow of energy within the body.

Try our yin yoga challenge

Yin yoga challenge - PumpUp Blog

This calendar outlines each day that a new and complete yin yoga flow video will be released by PumpUp member @rinkae throughout the month of May.

Yin yoga challenge - PumpUp BlogOnce you complete each video, take a photo of yourself doing this pose and share it on PumpUp and Instagram with #7DaysofYinYoga #LunaJai and #TeamPumpUp to win a pair of Luna Jai yoga pants. Each of the above poses will accompany each day that a new and complete yin yoga flow video will be released.

For a chance to win Luna Jai yoga pants:

  • Repost this photo on PumpUp or Instagram
  • Tag a friend
  • Perform every one of @rinkae's yin yoga routines (released throughout the month of may)
  • Take a photo you performing the above poses and tag it with  #7DaysofYinYoga #LunaJai and #TeamPumpUp

Deadline: May 31st

Day 1: The Beginning

This yin yoga routine from PumpUp member @rinkae will allow you to find silence during your practice. It elaborates more upon the foundations of yin yoga.

Yoga for Couples and Friends

This is a post by PumpUp member Marinka Essel. Follow her on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)

Partner yoga for everyone! My friend Sanni (a beginner in yoga) helped me do this yoga video where we show you a cute routine that you can try with your significant other or a friend. It’s a perfect date idea for Valentine’s Day. Throughout the video I offer you beginner tips but also show you how more advanced yogis can flow together.

Yoga x Pilates  for couples and friends (feat. Acroyoga)

My best friend Niko (also a beginner in yoga) helped me do this video. This routine will work your abs and help you relax. Be it your boyfriend, bestie or mother this one should be fun!

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Ready for a 21-Day Yoga Challenge?

We’re excited to be partners with PumpUp member @rinkae during her 21-day yoga challenge! Starting December 1st, every day except Sunday, she will be uploading videos on her YouTube channel: http://youtube.com/klaaqu. PumpUp will be featuring recap videos on our Instagram account @pumpupapp on Sundays!

Update your PumpUp accounts if you participate in the challenge! Tag @rinkae, #PumpUp and #21DayYogaChallenge.

This is a post by PumpUp member Marinka Essel. Follow her on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)

Many people assume that only weight-lifting and active gym visits are the only way to get toned legs, quads and calves or even a nice butt. The secret? Only a few know that yoga has all these benefits as well.
 
In this routine we are targeting the lower body with poses that will make you feel sore. Yes, yoga can make you sore, too. It’s not all about  deep-stretches on desired areas. Yoga incorporates muscle and strength building exercises too. And who wouldn’t want to look great in yoga pants? Thought so.
 
There are a lot of poses that require durability. For example, when you are working on your abdominals, you would be doing planks. But when you are working on that yoga butt you might want to sit down into an utkatasana (chair pose) for a minute. And you will feel it.
 
Yoga offers quite a few poses that require good balance, and this really works several key muscle groups. Your legs need to have a lot of strength to keep you stable.  The more you practice balancing poses like Warrior 3 and Half-Moon Pose, the more you work your muscles. You’ll feel it all the way from your calves, hamstrings to your glutes.
 
Balance, durability  a few squats here and there, and the proper breathing when you transition from downward dog to lunges are the first of many ways to have your butt looking better!

Follow Marinka on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)