Personally, I have found yoga practice to be a very helpful complement to CrossFit and strength training in general. If you’d like to improve your flexibility, mobility, balance, and coordination, this 9 Day Yoga Challenge is for you. If you find you like a particular yoga instructor's style, definitely subscribe to their channel so they'll be easy to find if you'd like to continue supplementing your CrossFit workouts with yoga after this 9 day challenge. All the videos I've picked for this challenge are relatively short compared to an actual in person class so they are easy to fit in at night or early in the morning around your existing CrossFit WODs. The days should be done in order as each one progresses into poses that require more flexibility, mobility, coordination, or balance than the previous video. Let's get started!
Day 1: Today’s challenge is from Boho Beautiful and is an easy 20 Minute Full Body introductory yoga routine. Even if you've never done a yoga class before, you'll find this routine very straightforward and easy to follow. It introduces the names and modifications for the poses as well as one of the more common vinyasas you’ll see in most yoga classes. If you are unsure of the pose names, or are not sure how to link your breathing with the poses, or have not done yoga before and/or are looking for a place to start flexibility training, this is the perfect session for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_Q-yYfjeBM
Day 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CTsdbf81W8 This easy, 12 Minute session also from Boho Beautiful builds on the video from yesterday's post (Day 1). If you are new to yoga and want to complement your CrossFit and Strength Training by improving your balance, coordination, flexibility and mobility, give the 9 Day Yoga Challenge for Beginners a try. Start with yesterday's post and fit the sessions in around your existing CrossFit workouts. They are all quick and accessible- even if you have not done yoga before.
This is a full, 35 minute vinyasa flow class for beginners that introduces the standing poses that help improve balance such as tree pose. It will gradually move you from one pose to the next and increases in difficulty with each vinyasa. It ends by introducing a brief guided meditation. You’ll see a screen shot of the word “balance” that notes the introduction to the standing poses half-way through the video. ¾ of the way through, the video’s final section is noted by a screen shot of the word “meditation”. The guided meditation sequence at the end will give you a good starting point for how to focus your attention and let go during future yoga videos.
For those of you with a tight upper back and shoulders, today's short 15 minute class progresses you through the steps and modifications to get to wheel pose, otherwise known as the "back bend". If you are having problems with your Overhead Squat, Snatch, or even just a sore upper back and shoulders after kipping pull-ups, front squats, or handstand push-ups, this series of stretches is for you. It comes from #bananablondie108, so if you like her style of class, definitely subscribe to her channel:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lApw8xfCpI8