Strengthen and balance your lower body, especially in the off-season. This very doable yet challenging sequence can become your momentum when you run. You will start and mainly stay on your feet. The standing sequence offers a nice mix of balancing, strengthening, and stretching for your legs. The intensity is just right for a pre or post stretch to your run.
Ah, dear core work. How we love to hate you. A creative practice in which you will go out of your way to strengthen your core without feeling like you're at death's door. Deep core strengthening flow without the 'ouch this is so miserable' aspect. An all around sweaty flow that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized. Props Needed: A block.
A wicked hardcore blast for your core. Start with the deepest layer of abdominal musculature and work outward. Start in plank with variations of lowering your knees. You will need two small towels on a wood floor. If no wood floor is available then you can do mountain climbers instead. Finishing with kapalabhati breath. Props Suggested: Two towels and hardwood floor.
Developing your core, shoulder and arm strength establishes confidence and skill in arm balances and inversions. Strengthen your body where you need it the most for these postures: your abdominals, hip flexors, shoulders and arms. You will tackle a few arm balances, but focus more on strengthening postures that will build your skill and confidence for arm balances in the future. Props Needed: A block.
It is such a common scenario for many of us to have weak glutes and a tight upper back and shoulders. This can lead to low back and hip pain along with worsening postural habits. Create balance and strength in your lower body and open your chest and upper back through simple but effective movements. Props Needed: Two blocks and a strap.