Alignment-Based Challenge

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Challenge Overview

Strengthen your practice with Christina Sell's Alignment-Based Yoga Challenge! Though this two-week, six-class challenge is ideal for people who already have some yoga experience, you don't have to be an advanced yogi to take part.  You'll get in-depth pose breakdowns that will help you practice with more skill and confidence. And if you're a teacher, you'll glean tips and ideas for refining your cueing so that you can more clearly articulate the key actions of each pose. Sign up, and we'll send each week's classes directly to your inbox. Classes range from 30 to 60 minutes.Week one:

  • A Practice to Fine-Tune Your Virabhadrasana (Warrior) Poses (30 minutes) 

  • Core Strength of Being: Yoga Postures for Core Stability (30 minutes) 

  • Unfolding the Lotus: A Step-By-Step Sequence for Padmasana (60 minutes) 

Week two:

  • Find Depth in the Basics: Trikonasana Clinic (45 minutes) 

  • Love Me, Love My Dog: Upward Facing Dog Clinic (45 minutes)

  • Best Paschimottanasana Ever: 4 Essential Poses to Work With (60 minutes)

You'll be surprised how much ground you can cover in a short period of time.  Ready for this alignment-focused challenge?

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Challenge Outline

2 Weeks to complete

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Section 1
  • In this 30-minute alignment-based class, you'll learn key actions and techniques that will fine-tune your warrior I, II, and III. This sequence focuses on creating a strong core, engaged legs, open hips, and a big, full-hearted lift along the spine. \n\nUnroll your mat and begin!
Section 2
  • Create core stability with this 25-minute alignment-based class that focuses on strengthening the deep abdominal muscles and the lower back. You'll practice a supine twist, plank variations, a side plank variation, belly-down backbends, and bridge pose. Class concludes in savasana.Christina reminds us that core work is more than physical. Working with the core of the body can help us find inner strength. She says: "Remember what makes you strong and what's most deep and true for you."
Section 3
  • In this one-hour alignment-based class, you'll work with key postures and actions that will provide fertile soil for your lotus to blossom. With a deep hip opener such as this, remember to be patient as it unfolds. This patience (and your commitment to practice!) is what you're actually growing.
Section 4
  • What do poses like upavistha konasana (wide-legged seated forward bend), prasarita padottanasana (wide-legged standing forward bend) baddha konasana (bound angle pose), jathara parivartanasan (belly revolving pose), and vrksasana (tree pose) have to do with trikonasana (triangle pose)? This 40-minute alignment-focused practice, designed to give you a deeper understanding of this foundational asana, is your answer. Have a strap and a couple of blocks handy.
Section 5
  • Do you struggle with upward facing dog? This 40-minute sequence explores prop options and alignment tips that can make your up dog feel more accessible, enjoyable, and even lovable. You'll not only deepen your capacity to backbend, you'll also finesse your transitions into this ubiquitous asana. Whether or not you practice up dog with ease today matters less than what you'll learn along the way. Enjoy your practice, yogi.
Section 6
  • Seated forward folds are often said to be soothing for the nervous system; however, many folks who have tightness in their hips and legs or weakness in their lower backs find poses like paschimottanasana to be aggravating and difficult. This one-hour class is designed to help you find a more pleasant seated forward fold. You'll focus on four key poses that will prepare the ankles, hips, and spine for this classic asana.

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Christina Sell
Christina Sell has been practicing asana since 1991 and teaching since 1998. Christina maintains an active... Read more

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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