Yoga, an ancient healing practice that’s been around for thousands of years, is truly an individualized practice. Depending on your particular needs of the day, a yoga flow can be restorative or challenging, slow or fast, flexibility-focused or strength-focused.
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Ultimately, true yoga always involves breathing and never involves pain or judgment. So, if you’ve never tried yoga before, don’t let the idea of it intimidate you. In fact, feel free to make it more of a “traditional” workout this week by taking some traditional poses and turning up the intensity a bit. This type of high-intensity interval training HIIT) and yoga hybrid is great for building strength, stamina, and flexibility, all while helping you jump start fat loss, too.
We guarantee it’ll be challenging!
Try This 15-Minute HIIT-Yoga Flow
Warm up your body first with a few rounds of Sun Salutation A, then get going with the following flow. Aim to spend 30 seconds to 1 minute per pose, breathing throughout, and perform on both the right and left sides of your body (where applicable):
1) Plank Pose (Kumbhakasana)
2) Knee to Nose Pose (Jaanu Naasikaa Adho Mukha Svanasana)
3) Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
4) Side Plank Pose (Vasisthasana)
5) Dolphin Pose (Ardha Pincha Mayurasana)
Your goal is to run through this sequence 3-5 times, or however long it takes you to get through 10-15 minutes of intense yogi magic.
Remember to breathe throughout this workout, and drink plenty of water when you’re done. As an extra intensity booster, try adding a couple sets of 5-10 push-ups throughout and finish with a big set of squats.