7-Day Peak Pose Challenge

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Challenge Overview

Let's explore and demystify more "advanced" arm balances, splits, backbends, and deep forward folds in a seven-day Peak Pose Challenge. Each day, for seven days, we'll email you a hand-picked intermediate/advanced level class, designed to prepare you for the peak pose of the day. Every class will include variations for making the poses more accessible (and confidence-inspiring!). 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
  • Connect to the fullness of your breath and your energetic heart with this breath-centric, backbending practice. Begin with a couple minutes in a supported restorative backbend, then flow through sun salutations, shoulder and chest stretches, standing balancing poses, hip-openers, and inversions, all leading up to natarajasana (dancer's pose) with a strap.
Section 2
  • Prepare for and practice the arm balance eka pada koundinyasana I (named after Sage Koundinya) with this fun, twist-focused flow. You’ll begin with supine core-strengthening and then move on to a sequence that includes “ninja chaturanga” sun salutes, lunge twist variations, revolved half moon, and side crow. After that, enjoy a guided practice of eka pada koundinyasana I. Slow down at the end with a heart opener and then take savasana or meditation on your own. Props: Optional block
Section 3
  • Ready for a quick, fiery flow? You’ll begin with supine core-strengthening and then move on to sun salutes, dynamic movement in half splits, knee-to-wrist taps from plank, a core-focused triangle variation, and more. After that comes a step-by-step practice of eka pada koundinyasana II(flying lizard), and then a final wind-down practice that includes wrist rolls and optional cool-down stretches.
Section 4
  • Prepare for hanumanasana (splits) with this practice that begins with lunges, side bends, and twists. After that, you’ll move into revolved triangle, twisted thigh stretches, lunge variations that focus on hamstring strengthening, a reclined half virasana (hero pose) variation, and more. Using props, you’ll then proceed step-by-step into hanumanasana, where you’ll focus on key actions in the back leg. Have a small towel handy for this practice. Props: 2 blocks
Section 5
  • Before practicing the classic version of visvamitrasana (which you'll do at the end), you'll explore visvamitrasana variations—one at the wall and one from seated. Jessica recommends doing a brief warm-up of your own before you begin. Props: Blocks, strap
Section 6
  • Work toward astavakrasana (eight angle pose). Begin with a chaturanga variation and crow, then move on to a standing series that integrates twists. After that comes focused work in side crow, supine core work (including a supine variation of eight angle pose), and seated hip openers. The finale, of course, is the peak pose! Optional: you may want to do a warm-up before you begin and plan your own cooldown and savasana to close the experience. Props: 2 blocks
Section 7
  • In this peak-pose flow to tortoise pose, we’ll explore nourishing and stimulating movements and approach familiar poses in new ways. Expect a low-to-the-ground sequence that includes feel-good hip openers and fun sliding drills. If you don’t have access to hardwood, you can use tupperware, lids, and paper plates to make your carpet slippery. Enjoy this exploration!

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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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