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How to Rev Up Your Yoga

Updated on November 11, 2012
Virabhadrasana - Warrior Pose
Virabhadrasana - Warrior Pose | Source

It can be difficult to stick to any exercise program when you feel you have mastered it. Yoga is no exception to this rule. Here are some tips to help you make your yoga practice a bit more challenging.

One of the easiest ways to make a yoga pose more challenging is to work as many muscles as possible. Do not work only those muscles that are needed to hold you in a pose. Work other muscles as well. The muscles around the shoulders, knees, wrists and ankles should be an extra focus towards firming them without over hardening. Try to tighten your abdominal muscles, especially the lower set. Concentrate on keeping these muscles engaged while holding the integrity of the yoga pose.

If you are working from a book, there should be instructions as to what is needed to increase the difficulty of the pose. Be sure to read these instructions carefully. One at a time, implement the instructions for making the yoga pose more challenging.

To make your entire yoga practice more difficult, do not rest between poses. Flow from one pose into the next. Do this in just one or two breaths for the each transition. Always be aware of your limitations, but be sure to challenge yourself. You might try adding one or two more difficult yoga poses to your routine. Just be sure not to overstretch your safety boundaries.

Raising your arms and lifting your gaze will make any yoga pose more difficult. Try this with just one at a time to be sure you do not overextend yourself. Always be sure that you breath and stay aware of what your body is doing. This will keep you from hurting yourself.

Keeping an exercise program challenging can be difficult. But, if you are dedicated, you can stay at it with a bit of work. And, if you make small changes, it is possible to keep your interest peaked and continue to enjoy the advantages of regular exercise.

Yoga is no except to this statement. If you keep performing the same poses day after day, you will become burned out and no longer enjoy your yoga practice. By keeping the level of challenge high, you will keep your mind engaged, as well as your body. This is one of the goals of yoga, to work your mind in addition to your body. So, as you do each pose, keep in mind these tips and increase your participation in your exercise routine.

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