7-Day Peak Pose Challenge

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Challenge Overview

Let's explore and demystify more "advanced" inversions, arm balances, backbends, and deep forward folds in a seven-day Peak Pose Challenge.  Each day, for seven days, we'll email you a hand-picked, heat-building 45- to 60-minute intermediate/advanced level class, designed to prepare you for the peak pose of the day. Every class will include variations and tips for making the poses more accessible (and confidence-inspiring!). With step-by-step instruction, you'll experience for yourself how challenging poses can become less daunting, and more fun! 

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3 CEU’s Upon Completion

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Challenge Outline

7 Days to complete

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Section 1
  • This 50-minute advanced alignment-based vinyasa flow (full of hip-opening and arm-balancing postures) is a playful way to help you build up to dragonfly pose (and some fun variations, like "flying dragonfly" and "mating dragonfly!").
Section 2
  • If you’re into splits, here’s a fun pose for you—trivikramasana (standing splits). You’ll prepare for this advanced pose with hip opening, side stretching, forward bends, and some balancing. As you begin in child’s pose, bring awareness to your body and breath and set an intention for your practice. You’ll move through sun salutations, standing and balance poses, and a vinyasa flow, focusing on the movement of the breath and a connection with the heart, as you build up to trivikramasana. End the session with a relaxation in shavasana and a seated sitkaripranayama practice.
Section 3
  • Want to learn to practice or simply refine your practice of eka pada koundinyasana II? Join Alejandra for this strong, energizing sequence that will provide perfect preparatory steps toward this powerful arm balance.
Section 4
  • Eka pada rajakapotasana (one-legged king pigeon pose) is an advanced asana that deepens with time and practice. This 60-minute level two class will help you prepare your body, in both strength and flexibility, for this deep backbend.
Section 5
  • Vishvamitrasana is a challenging posture requiring incredibly open hips, hamstrings, and shoulders. With close attention to alignment, Kat leads you through a series of preparatory poses building up to this arm balance. She gives you options for modifying the poses to stay within your capacity and suggests approaching vishvamitrasana with a sense of curiosity and a spirit of getting to know your body, rather than trying to conquer the pose.
Section 6
  • Build up to mandalasana—a very challenging headstand-in-motion that requires a deep backbend. Begin with setting an intention for your practice, warm up with sun salutes, and then move into a sequence that includes balances, strengthening poses for the abdomen and arms, a headstand, and twists. You’ll approach the peak pose with a series of backbends and then follow the pose with restoring forward bends. The session concludes with a relaxation in shavasana and a seatedbhramari pranayama practice.
Section 7
  • In this advanced yoga sequence, Karina reminds us that yoga is far more than the physical postures alone; yoga is also a state of single-pointed awareness, and the poses are a means for attaining that state. Just as a tortoise retracts its limbs into a shell, withdraw your attention and turn inward as you move through challenging hip-opening and spine-stabilizing postures, ultimately leading toward the peak pose, kurmasana (tortoise pose). Conclude the practice by digesting the work you’ve done in a deeply relaxing shavanasa. Please avoid these postures if you’re experiencing lower back pain or...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, you can include this challenge in your Yoga Alliance training hours, with each hour equivalent to one continuing education credit.
This challenge is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Challenge completion.
No prerequisites are required; this challenge is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the challenge is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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