THOSE of us who find cardio a chore are constantly looking for exciting new ways to get fit.
While yoga is undoubtedly known as the go-to for limbering up, de-stressing and boosting flexibility, it’s less known for its contribution to cardio fitness.
Wild, a new class from British-based yoga experts known as Fierce Grace ( www.fiercegrace.com ), is looking to change that, though.
Taking inspiration from martial arts, ballet, qigong, physiotherapy, resistance exercises and, of course, traditional yoga, Wild is a functional-based workout designed for anyone and everyone
Try this workout for a taster of what this innovative class offers. Ready?
* With your feet hip-width apart and arms loose, perform continuous little jumps for 30 seconds.
SAFETY TIP: Keep your arms, neck and body loose throughout
* Stand with feet wider than hips.
* Bend your knees if you need to.
* Hinge at the hips, reaching your arms out. Graze the floor with your hands as you go, exhaling all the way to reach your arms through your legs.
* Inhale to bounce back, then reach through again, taking a second to complete each reach-through.
* Do 15 reps in total.
SAFETY TIP: Remain relaxed throughout the move
* Standing up straight with your feet wide, reach down to the floor by your toes.
* Walk forward with your hands until your body is in a straight line.
* Bend your arms to lower your chest, then push back up.
* Walk your hands back to the start.
Repeat for 10 reps.
SAFETY TIP: Keep your core strong in the bottom position
* Sit cross-legged on the floor with your hands on your ankles.
* Exhale, round your spine and relax it, look down and feel the stretch in your upper back.
* Inhale and arch your spine, look up and push your chest forwards, using your hands to help you.
* Repeat, performing one rep per second for one minute
SAFETY TIP: Work from your abdomen, leading with your navel
* Sit crosslegged with your hands resting on your shoulders – fingers in front, thumbs at the back and elbows out to the sides. Keep your eyes and head forward throughout.
* Inhale to twist left, then exhale right.
* Pull your belly in and lift your chest. Repeat once per second.
SAFETY TIP: Keep your lower back flat or slightly arched – not rounded
* Hold a plank with hands under your shoulders, fingers spread, tailbone tucked under, abs and quads tight.
* Practise ‘fire breath’ your navel area, quickly breathe in and out through your nose, pulling your belly in as you exhale).
* Hold for 45 secs.
* Now, without losing leg and right arm.
* Bring them back to the plank then do the same with the opposite limbs.
* Do this twice more and quads tight.
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