Side Crow (58-min) Vinyasa
A spicy take on your vinyasa yoga class with Parsva Bakasana (side crow) as your peak pose! Join Clara and Alejandro to challenge your strength and stability in a powerful flow with arm balancing and twists.
Focus: Arm Balances
Location: Jasper House, Sri Lanka
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Twisting stimulates blood circulation and releases the tension accumulated in the muscles of the abdomen. When you twist, it creates an intra-abdominal compression to assist the blood rich in oxygen and other nutrients to the digestive organs.
According to B.K.S. Iyengar, twists are detoxifying because of the effect of the squeeze and soak action. As you twist, the organs of elimination are compressed to push out the old blood. When you release the twist, fresh blood flows to the organs and surrounding areas.
This vinyasa flow is one of many yoga videos for weight loss as the poses may assist in burning fat, building muscle tone, and providing enhanced flexibility. Heat-building and strengthening poses boost the body’s metabolism, allowing you to burn more and keep any excess weight off.
Progress through various twists to prep your body for the deepest twist of all, side crow. Ashta Chandrasana (high lunge), Utkatasana (chair pose), Parivrtta Anjaneyasana (revolved lunge). Bakasana (crow pose) is complemented by Utthita Balasana before you take Parsva Bakasana (side crow). Hamstring lengthening with Hanumanasana (half splits) and Ardha Parsvottanasana (pyramid pose) ensure you create length as well as strength in your backline. Backbending, inner thigh, and outer hip stretching complete your practice and balance the stress placed on the various muscle groups.
Take a long savasana to help your body settle and rest. This class was filmed in Sri Lanka at the Jasper pool and features Alejandro Arce.