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3 Ways to Improve Your Yoga Workout Online
- October 17, 2020
- Posted by: Carolina Vivas
- Category: flowlift news
Get Ready to Move Like a Pro
FlowLIFT is a low impact, high energy class that gets you cardio and strength training with the added benefit of giving your mind a workout too. It’s the perfect class for toning up, leaning out and feeling your best. The mental and physical benefits are many, but you’ll see that first hand when you commit to doing FlowLIFT three times per week. Doing your yoga workout online has some challenges, but with the following tips you’ll improve the way you approach the sequences every week. It’s important to have good alignment and proper muscle engagement to prevent strain in the wrists, shoulders, knees and hips.
In a lot of the FlowLIFT moves you’ll be on your hands and knees. We like to use the FlowLIFT knee pad to make those moves feel comfy and good. If you don’t have a knee pad you can double up your mat, use a folded towel or some good old volleyball knee pads. Once you’re ready, try these following tips to improve your yoga workout online.
1. Spread Em!
Opening the fingers wide apart will help you distribute the weight of your upper body throughout the entire hand instead of dumping into the wrist joint. We call this “yoga hand” and it’s how we position our hands in plank, down dog, arm balances and inversions like headstand. Focus on pressing equally into the fingertips, heel of he hand and base of the fingers. Keep reminding yourself to check this alignment point; We go back to old habits often.
2. Shoulder Activation
In plank, side plank, down dog, and other poses where your shoulders and arms are bearing the weight of the body, alignment is key. Always align the joints to minimize strain and then recruit all of your muscles to help.
3. Calling All Muscles!
Every move is a core move in all FlowLIFT classes. As you move through the sequences week after week you’ll start to learn the importance of the abdominal muscles. When the core is engaged, the low back is supported, the shoulder joints are protected and the wrists are never compromised. The same holds true for the kicking moves. If you engage from the core through the quad muscles down to the ball of the foot, you’ll never “snap” the limbs or strain the knees. All muscles are working together throughout the whole forty five minutes. It begins with the core and radiates out through the muscles of the limbs.
Now that you know these quick and easy fixes to the way you do the FlowLIFT yoga workout online classes you’ll be able to move with more confidence and ease. This is no doubt a challenging class, but being consistent and having the right body awareness will help you see progress faster. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t move as quickly as the teacher or if you can’t do each move perfectly. You’ll get stronger and more capable with each class that you do.