There are times when our bodies crave movement but not the jumpy, high-energy types of movement. There are many people who prefer not to perform exercises based on jumps either due to a past injury or joint strain in the lower body. If that’s you or if you love yoga this yoga-inspired workout is perfect for you. Inspired by my jungle surrounding in Minca, Colombia and this gorgeous property I came up with this calm, yoga-inspired workout which is perfect for waking up the body and getting it going. This workout also aims to strengthen, tone and activate the major muscles in the body.
Ideally, perform each ‘set’ 3-4 times for best results.
YOGA- INSPIRED WORKOUT:
DEEP SQUAT/SUMO SQUAT
Stand up straight with your feet a little more than shoulder-width apart and your toes facing slightly outwards. Squat down as low as you can and come up again. Remember to keep the movement strong and controlled. Make sure your knees don’t go further forward than your toes. Repeat for 20 reps.
PLANK TO DOWN DOG
Both of these positions form such a fundamental part of a yoga-inspired workout. Start in a plank position with your hands firmly on the ground or on a towel/mat. Push back through your arms, pushing your hips back and upwards into a down dog position. Come back to plank again and repeat. Repeat for 20 reps.
REVERSE LUNGES WITH KNEE-UP
Stand up straight and bring your knee up to your chest. From this position, in one swift motion move that same leg back into a lunge position. Make sure to keep your hips neutral. Bring the leg back up and the knee back towards the chest. This exercise is great for your core strength- make sure to keep it engaged so you don’t lose your balance. Repeat 12 reps on each leg.
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PLANK WALK UPS
A great move in any yoga inspired workout. Get back into plank position. Then lower your position into your elbows. Push back into your hands again. Make sure to keep your hips square and your body straight. Repeat for 15 reps.
Lie down flat on your back on a towel or mat. Bend your knees with your heels fairly near your glutes. Push down into the ground with your feet and lift your hips up so that your body is aligned. Bring the hips down and repeat. Repeat for 15 reps.
Lie down flat on your back, ideally on a mat or towel. Engage your core and lift your legs up so they are at a 90-degree angle with your body. Slowly bring them back down again. Don’t hold your breath. Keep breathing normally. Repeat 20 times.
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