If football star Tom Brady loves Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, so will you. "It's great for flexibility, and it's therapeutic," says Brady. In fact, creator Baron Baptiste spent four years as the peak-performance specialist for the Philadelphia Eagles, proving this yoga is perfect for tough guys too.
Instructor Andrew Gray of Big Apple Power Yoga says this combination of poses is geared toward abdominal sculpting and back strengthening. It will keep you toned, balanced and.
1. Eagle Crunches
Wrap your right arm under your left and your right leg over your left in Eagle position. Extend your wrapped up arms over your head and your wrapped up leg long, toes touching the floor. Inhale extend, exhale crunch in bringing elbows to knees. Repeat 10 times. Switch your arms and legs and repeat 10 times.
2. Scissors Twists
Hands behind the head, elbows out to side, supporting the head and neck. Scissor the legs up and down while twisting the torso, working the waist. Opposite elbow to knee. Do a set of 25.
Lie on your back. Interlace your fingers, straighten your arms and reach your knuckles forward toward your heels. Lift you hip bones high. Walk shoulders in to prop up your heart center. Press into feet to get more lift.
Come to a seated position. Contract your abdominal wall as you lift your legs and torso up, bringing your arms forward until they are parallel to the floor.
Alternate Bridge and Boat poses. Repeat 5 times.
Lie on your back. Bring your hands by your ears, fingers pointing toward your feet. Bend your knees, feet flat on the floor. Come onto the crown of your head, bring your elbows in toward each other and straighten your arms, coming up into a backbend. Hold for five breaths. Repeat five times. Then rest on your back with eyes closed.