Whether you're a flow-pro or a novice (lying face-down on the floor counts for something right?), there's some tried and true yoga poses that will warm you up, stretch you out, and give you the energy you need to take on the day. Yogi Zoe Silverman shows us some of those go-to moves, and paired with some of our yoga-inspired leggings, she fully embodies the spirit of the positions. So whatever your favorite yoga pose, S6 guarantees to have you (literally) covered.
There's many variations of hip-opening pigeon pose, but this One Legged King Pigeon style not only has the coolest name ever, but is amazing for flexibility. Pigeon focuses on your hips, leaving your chest and shoulders open and relaxed. The minor backbend also stimulates your abs to aid in digestion and leave you feeling strong.
Cats aren't just the founders of internet entertainment, their lithe movements are easily mimicked and loved by beginners and yogis alike. Often paired with cow pose, a cat stretch will encourage spine flexibility while strengthening your wrists and shoulders. It's also a great way to relax, get your mind inside your body, and start warming up for tougher stretches.
Get ready to feel all the mermaid feels with easy, confidence-boosting fish pose. By opening the front side of your body, this position neutralizes pressure in your back and neck, two places where tension often thrives. You'll feel the stretch in your hip flexors, between the ribs, and in your soul, as you start to embrace awareness and self-love.
Downward dog is one of the most well-known and loved yoga poses, and for good reason! This position is inspired by your pup's warm-up and is one of the best ways to stretch your entire body. And besides giving you full-body energy, downward dog is a mild-inversion pose; as your head faces down, the flow of blood to your brain helps relieve headaches, depression, and insomnia!
Channel your inner badass with cobra pose, a beginner back-bend that's a perfect prep for the deeper bends in your flow. Cobra encourages spine flexibility while energizing your abs, and if you've got asthma, it's a great way to open up your lungs and feel some deep breaths.
Photos by Kenny Laubbacher.
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