Yoga contains a wide variety of positions of different characteristics and difficulty. There are simple ones, for those just starting out, or really difficult to do for those who have years of experience in practice. In Other Medicine we want to teach you which are the 6 most difficult yoga asanas to do. Do you dare to do them?
There are some more difficult yoga poses than others. So much so that not all people are capable of doing them.
It is necessary to mention that we are referring to doing these poses in a way that is considered almost perfect.
Which Yoga Is The Most Difficult for You?
Next, we are going to try some of the more difficult yoga poses. This does not mean that they are impossible to do , but that they require much more time to be able to do them without hurting ourselves.
- Sitting balance posture
This is one of the most difficult yoga poses.
It consists of sitting down squatting, with the hands together at chest height, and trying to bring one leg straight forward.
The leg must be parallel to the ground and our back must be kept straight .
It is not a very comfortable posture and you have to have great balance control. Not a suitable pose for beginners .
Sometimes, instead of stretching , the leg can rest on top of the other . In this case, the posture will resemble the lotus position, but with a squatting foot that is holding us.
This fourth of the most difficult yoga poses is nothing but “the pine . ” A posture in which we have to play with balance and concentration to maintain it.
To perform it we will place ourselves in the Balasana position , only that we will interlace the hands and put them on top of the head. After this, we will raise our legs like on a mountain and walk forward.
As our spine rises, we will put our head on the ground supported by our hands and try to raise our legs .
At the beginning, it is recommended to do it with a support (a trellis or a wall): this way we will make sure we don’t fall.
When we have become familiar with this posture we can move the legs in different positions and even create a kind of letter “C” with our body. The possibilities are endless.
Also, when we no longer have any problem performing this pose, we can do it with our arms stretched out.
The last of the most difficult yoga poses is similar to the seated balance pose, only in this case, the legs will remain flexed and supported at the back .
All of these poses are very difficult to do and require a very good yoga foundation to perform successfully .
It is necessary, at first, to practice them with some certainty . Let’s not forget that its difficulty can easily lead to injury.
Have you ever tried to do any of these poses? Are you in advanced or beginner yoga?
Yoga is a very beneficial practice and perfecting our postures will allow us to achieve greater balance, concentration and strength.
The way to carry it out is by squatting, with the palms of the hands resting on the ground.
The arms may be slightly flexed and we will bring the knees closer to our forearms. The weight of the body must fall on our arms and hands .
When we feel secure, we will stretch our legs forward.
This posture requires not only balance , but also strength . The arms must support the body so that it does not collapse and so that it can keep the legs in the sought position.
- The wheel
Although this yoga posture does not seem to involve high difficulty, the truth is that it is quite uncomfortable at first.
Before carrying it out we must be lying on our backs.
In this position, we will rest our palms on the ground and exert force upwards to elevate our body .
We will try, now, to bring our legs to our hands looking for the desired shape.
There is a variant of this posture that is the half wheel , much more intense.
Instead of keeping your arms stretched, support them at a 90-degree angle, letting your forearms rest on the floor.
What do i need to start practicing yoga easily?
One of the advantages of practicing yoga is that we need practically no material: a good mat with a non-slip surface, a blanket to cover ourselves during the final relaxation, comfortable clothes and, above all, a good teacher to guide us at first.
If it is true that over time we can practice yoga at home without the need for someone to guide us or just follow the class through the numerous online yoga videos that are on the network, in the first years the figure becomes almost essential of the teacher who accompanies us in the learning of Yoga in a gradual way.
To start practicing yoga and become aware of our body through the postures (asanas) and sequences (vinyasa-krama) it will always be easier if we start with those simpler postures that require less effort on our part and with which we are not easier to pay more attention to our body and breathing.
A good teacher will guide us over time to advance in the knowledge of this practice, correcting our bodies in each posture and giving fluidity to the transition between postures.
Starting with a teacher also has the advantage that it will clarify that postures are counterproductive if we have some type of specific injury. Both at home and in a Yoga school, the practice of yoga directed by the voice of another person, in addition to allowing the order of postures and sequences to have a logic depending on the objective pursued in that session will also help us to provide attention only and exclusively to our breathing.
Tips and mistakes to avoid when starting to practice Yoga.
You don’t want to go fast. Yoga is not a 100m flat race, rather it is like preparing for a long distance race, you have to have patience and go little by little, know our body and its response to each posture or sequence has a process and some times that we must respect.
Thinking that if I am not flexible I will not be able to do yoga is a very common mistake when we start. Flexibility and strength are gained over time and depend in part on each other, do not try to go beyond what your body allows you abruptly.
Yoga should help you to know your body, its limitations and how to go further, but always gradually.
Losing concentration very quickly or not being able to disconnect the mind is normal at first. Like elasticity or strength, concentration we must train it and the way to do this is breathing.
Focus your mind and attention on the breath as much as possible and it will be easier for you to have the concentration necessary to correctly perform each posture.
Being injured and not telling your teacher is another very common mistake. If you have back, knee, cervical problems or any other injury, tell your yoga teacher and he will recommend which postures are appropriate, counterproductive, which others can help you improve that injury or which ones you should do with greater caution.
Use your breath as a means to focus and evade thoughts. Breathe only through the nose, getting used to doing it slowly and accompanying the movements with the exhalation or inhalation as required by each posture or asana.
Start sessions abruptly. The start of a yoga session should gradually prepare the body and mind to be able to withstand greater tensions and efforts. The initial postures and sequences must awaken our body leaving it ready to perform postures or asanas that require a greater physical requirement and therefore, greater concentration.
Enjoy the final relaxation. The moment of relaxation at the end of the practice or yoga class is essential to complete the awareness of our body and necessary to recognize how the sequences and postures have influenced it.
The practice of yoga at home, although at first glance seems extremely easy, since it does not require devices or practically space, it requires taking into account some key aspects to be effective:
Find a quiet place, where you do not have external stimuli that prevent you from focusing on practice, help yourself if necessary with calm music and soft light.
Previously defines the session to be performed , both in time and in physical demand. Each time of day may require a different yoga session.
Trying to carry out activation sessions at the beginning of the day and relaxation sessions before going to sleep and you will see how the body assimilates the same posture differently depending on the intensity with which we do it and the sequence where it has been included.
Even if you are no longer a beginner in yoga practice and unless you have memorized and internalized the entire session, look for voice recordings or online videos for a way to conduct the session.
A session guided by the voice of another person will help you focus solely on the posture and avoid breaking the thread of the sequences if you do not remember part of the session.
Choose a time of day when you have enough time to enjoy the session, if we are in a hurry to finish or immediately afterwards we have to do something urgently, it will be very difficult to reach the concentration necessary to carry out the session correctly.
Start with short sessions that include sequences and postures that you already know or have practiced in guided classes.
Do not focus all the practice on your body, be aware that the mind and the breath are fundamental parts when it comes to doing yoga.
You can increase the duration of the sessions by lengthening the time you stay in each posture and / or repeating the sequences several times.
With this second post we complete the initial approach to the practice of Yoga. In future articles we will present some examples with sequences of postures that are easy to understand and different objectives (strengthening, flexibility, relaxation, etc.), as well as we will dedicate a complete article to the practice of yoga as a complement to runners, where we will try to compensate for imbalances. that run causes in our body.