Check out this hot new yoga workout for your next cardio fix

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?

RAGDOLL JUMPS

Check out this hot new yoga workout for your next cardio fix

Technique:

* 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

REACH-THROUGH

Check out this hot new yoga workout for your next cardio fix

Technique:

* 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

PUSH-UP

Check out this hot new yoga workout for your next cardio fix

Technique:

* 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

SPINE FLEX

Check out this hot new yoga workout for your next cardio fix

Technique:

* 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

CORKSCREW TWISTS

Check out this hot new yoga workout for your next cardio fix

Technique:

* 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

FIRE PLANK

Check out this hot new yoga workout for your next cardio fix

Technique:

* 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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