7 Playful Poses to Spice up your Yoga Practice

Yoga is anything but boring, but sometimes we just need a couple little spicy poses sprinkled in our normal routine to kick it up a little bit. On those days that you are craving something on the wild side, add in just one or two of these poses for a little pizzaz! All of these poses are all levels and have modifications to take your practice deeper or  give you a little break without boredom. Your practice should be all about you, and only you. Use these poses at your level, where you are right now!

 

Vasistasana (Side Plank)

Side plank is a pose with many dimensions! This is an amazing core strengthening pose that can be done at any level! Mix up your normal Vinyasa with a side plank on each side between your Chaturanga Dandasana (four-limbed staff pose) and Bhujangasana (Cobra pose).

Side Plank

Drop your knee for support                                                      

Place your top leg in front for a kickstand.

 

Camatkarasana (Wild Thing)

Just like the song goes, this pose will make your heart sing! Wild thing is quick boost to your energy levels and it opens up the front of your body, allowing your breath to move with depth and freedom. When you are ready to move into your standing series, prepare with this pose to boost your energy and improve your posture in your standing poses.

You can get into this from a couple different poses: three-limbed Down Dog or Side Plank.

Flip open and stretch through the top arm. Open your heart and really shine here!

 

Navasana (Boat Pose)

Heat up your body and rock your core with this pose! Boat pose is a souped up way to transition from standing or seated poses to supine poses. Take full breaths, at least 5, and see if you can float in this uplifting pose!

Reach your arms up for a little extra heat!

Bend your knees for a slight modification, but still plenty of heat.

                     

Funky Dolphin pose

Dolphin pose is a preparatory pose for headstand and forearm balance. Adding in a little funk, only makes it even more exciting. Play with transitioning from Down Dog to Dolphin pose then make it as funky as you want!

From Dolphin Pose, slide one hand back under your shoulder, and then lift up the same side leg.

Float the legs up for a little extra fun!

                                                                                                                                      

Flowing Skandasana (Surfer Pose)

Want to open the hips with a little more flare? Moving through this flow will open the hips while strengthening the legs and core. Imagine you are surfing the ocean and flow from side to side in between your standing poses.

Move from side to side with each breath, and smile! Throw in some jazz hands for a little drama!

Take your hands to the floor for a little extra balance.

 

Tolasana (Scale Pose)

Tolasana, known to Ashtangis as Utpluthih, is an arm balancing pose that builds heat, strength, and stamina while it tones the bandhas. Feel a sense of lightness as you float up-up-up! Tolasana is a fun way to transition from seated to prone poses. Throw it in between Boat Pose and Plank Pose, or pop into Tolasana between seated poses as you move from side to side (Janu Sirsasana or twists).

Find full lotus, and lift up engaging the Bandhas.

Modification: use blocks and cross at your ankles as you lift up. Shoot the feet back into plank pose if you’re feeling extra peppy!

                        

Nakrasana (Crocodile Pose)

So of course I saved this one for last because it is the show stopper! Liven up your Vinyasa with a little hop in your Chaturanga. Take your plank to half way (Chaturanga) and hop-hop-hop to the front of your mat and back! This is another pose inspired by the always exciting, Ashtanga Yoga practice.

This is a fun one! Hop in your Chaturanga (Four Limbed Staff Pose), front to back. Have fun with it!

Don’t forget to smile!

Have fun with your Yoga practice, and take time to lighten it up with some smiles and laughter!

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