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Inspiring yoga photos from the PumpUp Community on International Yoga Day

Inspiring yoga photos from the PumpUp Community on International Yoga Day

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Yoga is a practice that celebrates focus, stability, self-awareness, and strength (among other things). These yoga photos from the PumpUp community will inspire you to try something new.

Wheel Pose

Wheel pose // Inspirational yoga photos from the PumpUp Blog

Photo courtesy of PumpUp member @roxanneidk

Most people employed in office jobs (and even students!) find themselves slouching over a desk or couch for most of the day. Wheel pose is a practical pose, and it's here to help. Root your weight in your shoulders and your arms to make your wheel pose stronger. Ground your feet into the floor and use your legs to lift your torso up higher towards the ceiling. The wheel pose, or chakrasana, helps to correct your posture if you are sedentary for most of the day. It opens up your back and chest and draws deep, intense consciousness to you breath.

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Photo courtesy of PumpUp member @hezza_96

For another variation on the wheel pose, keep your forearms grounded on the floor as you perform a backbend. Lift one leg off the ground and raise it straight up and overhead. Keep the other foot raised off the ground, with the balls of your feet planted on the floor. Maintain your balance throughout the entire pose. "Stretching is just my favourite thing to do," said PumpUp member hezza_96. "It relaxes me when I'm stressed. My lower back is getting stronger and more flexible and I'm really proud of how my backbends are improving."

Tree pose

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Photo courtesy of PumpUp member emmalienchen

You can look like a certified boss when you do the tree pose. It’s a perfect way to improve single-legged stability while you tackle various chores throughout the day. You’ll engage your core, strengthen your legs, and make yourself a lot less prone to injury. Try doing the tree pose while you’re brushing your teeth, doing the dishes, or waiting in line for the bus. Begin in a standing position, rooting both feet into the ground. Slowly lift one leg up and plant your foot along your inner thigh. Focus your gaze on one point in the room to help maintain balance. Bring your arms straight up over head. For an extra stretch, close your palms together and press them behind your back.

 

Seated Twists

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Photo courtesy of PumpUp member @kabuki

Don't eat away your sorrows. Instead, perform seated twists to wring out your worries and relieve tension in your shoulders. Sit upright with both legs straight out in front of you. Cross one leg over the other, bending your knee so that your foot rests near your inner thigh. Turn your gaze away from the straight leg and either place your hand on the outside of your bended knee, or interlace your hands behind you. Tuck your knee into your elbow as you do so and take deep breaths.

 

Lord of the Dance Pose (Needle)

Inspiring Yoga photos from the PumpUp community
Photo courtesy of PumpUp member @veganballerina
This pose is as beautiful as it is beneficial for your body. Not only will you improve your stability, but you'll also strengthen your legs, ankles, thighs, shoulders, and your chest.  Ground your feet firmly into the floor and make sure that you open your hips with a few other preparatory poses before you attempt this. Lift one leg off the ground and grasp your foot with your hand, bringing it as far towards your head as you can. Bend your upper body towards your legs for a deeper chest and shoulder stretch.

 

Forearm handstand

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Photo courtesy of PumpUp member @emschaeffer
The forearm handstand is quite a feat to achieve without the wall. Practice with a partner to become comfortable with this challenging pose. It will test the limits of your upper body strength, stability, and more. Inversions are a great way to relieve headaches and improve your focus. The key is to plant your forearms firmly towards the ground. Face a wall and practice touching your feet up and overhead. Become comfortable with holding this pose for a few seconds, then try for longer.

 

Lotus pose

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Photo courtesy of PumpUp member rinkae

The lotus pose is perfect for long periods of seated meditation. You'll improve your concentration as you gently close your eyes, crossing your legs and keeping your back straight. Focus your attention on your breath. Clear your thoughts and be mindful of the present. If you need to clear your mind after a long and busy day, the lotus pose is for you. For a more advanced variation, bring your crossed legs up towards your chest and wrap your elbows underneath your feet. Bring the legs tighter towards your chest to deepen the stretch.

 

Wide side lunge

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Photo courtesy of PumpUp member @vidy
Tight hips are a common problem for runners. Open them up with a deep, standing side lunge. Begin in a wide legged stance and plant your feet firmly on the floor. Point one foot towards the side and shift your weight towards the other foot into a deep lunge, keeping your body upright. Bring your hands to the ground and fold your body forward for a deeper stretch. This lunge is perfect for building up to more advanced poses.

 

Reverse warrior pose

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Photo courtesy of PumpUp member @ramo568
Reach for the stars with the reverse warrior pose and you'll get a great stretch in your obliques and hips. Have one leg form a ninety degree angle with the floor and reach the other foot back, keeping it as straight as possible. Reach both arms straight out towards the side and hold the pose for a few breaths. Next, inhale and reach one arm up towards the ceiling, extending the other arm down towards the floor. Look up towards the ceiling and sink your hips, grounding your weight through your feet. Hold for a few breaths.

 

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Photo courtesy of PumpUp member @issa_
Loved these inspiring yoga photos from the PumpUp community on the first-ever International Day of Yoga? There are more to be discovered! Tag your yoga photos with #TeamPumpUp on the PumpUp app and Instagram so that we can see and share them! 

21-Day Yoga Challenge - Week 2

Follow Marinka’s 21-day yoga challenge on PumpUp @rinkae using the hashtag #21DayYogaChallenge. Find the full calendar here.

On day 7 we are learning Sun Salutation B! Let’s begin with two rounds of Sun Salutation A and then move on to B and that’s already a great enough yoga flow to do when ever basically.

Core workout that also targets your butt and get’s you closer to looking better in those yoga pants! Might even help you eliminate that cellulite if you stick to this routine!
The best Crow Pose tutorial video online. We are going through a flow that prepares you to jump into the pose and also the key points of getting into the pose which are 
1. Core strength 
2. Strong wrists and the foundation you make with your hands 
3. Losing the fear of tilting forward.
Day 10: Backbends 
In this video we are opening our chests and doing some backbends to get the energy flowing! Remember to drink water after this one!
Day 11: Stronger Legs
Get stronger legs with this sequence that requires your mind to focus on holding the poses. Fast routine to do that also includes good stretches for your legs.

Day 12: Yin Yoga 2 
Another Yin Yoga set squeezed into 10minutes to help you focus on stillness and the moment.

Follow Marinka’s 21-day yoga challenge on PumpUp @rinkae using the hashtag #21DayYogaChallenge. Find the full calendar here.

Let’s begin the 21 Day Yoga Challenge with a Sun Salutation A. It is a great way to warm up your body and get your day going. During this challenge you will learn the habit of doing yoga everyday and you have no excuse not to fit some yoga into your day as these only last for 10 minutes or less!

Pilates themed workout focusing on our abs and the core which is essential when you start working towards more challenging poses.

Since we sit so much during the day the lower back can really start hurting due that. In this sequence we will relieve the tensions out of the lower back. However, be careful with your lower back, when done incorrectly simple poses like forward fold might actually hurt you. Always try to keep a straight spine and don’t round it unless necessary.

Deep stretching with this relaxing Yin Yoga sequence fit into 10 minutes. Feel more at ease after completing this yoga routine! Usually a Yin yoga sequence lasts up until 90 minutes but let’s see how much we can do in 10mins!

Yoga might not be your first choice for arm muscle sculpting but it actually does help you get toned and strong arms, so let’s do some poses to help you achieve that!

A relaxing yoga routine that will also help you cure your hangover and make your inner organs feel better after a night out.