Difficult Positions in Yoga

There are some poses or positions in yoga that are quite difficult for an inexperienced person. These need to be done under the supervision of an expert trainer and by someone who has practiced a lot and has gained adequate strength, flexibility and balancing skills.

Back Bends- These help open up tight shoulders and require a lot of practice. The drop-backs help you gain confidence and are executed with a partner. A number of pigeon poses exist and the full asana includes contacting from head to feet from a stooping position.

Back Bends

Back Bends

Hip Openers– It includes Hanuman asana that is more commonly known as a split, and helps open up the hips, starting from practicing jogger’s elongation. Subsequently, blocks can be used to stretch out your upper body as you pull out both legs with your pelvis lifted from the ground and hips in a square position. Other complicated variations include reaching your head to your front knee, elevating your back leg to reach your head, and stretching back to touch your back rear foot.

Hanumanasana

Hanumanasana

Inversions– These positions need internal balance, valor, and strength and include forearm stands, handstands or headstands best executed with a partner or against a wall. Difficult variations include scorpion pose, consisting of handstand or a forearm stand with your feet grabbing your head.

Headstand

Headstand

Seated Poses– These demand flexible hips and help liberate tension in the hip region. A cross-legged sitting position in which each foot rests on the opposite thigh is known as Lotus pose. While crossing of arms behind the back and then touching your feet is termed as bound lotus pose. Fetus pose is more complicated in that it requires slipping arms between thighs and calves, balancing on the coccyx, lifting the crossed legs up the floor, and reaching the hands to grab the chin.

Lotus Pose

Lotus Pose

Hand Balances– These require internal as well as arm strength and open up the hips. Hands provide balance in various poses including crow, firefly, side crow, and flying crow. The most difficult one is Peacock pose, a push-up with hands beneath your waist, fingers facing back and legs in a straight line completely above the floor.

Peacock Pose

Peacock Pose

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