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2 Yoga Moves For Type A Personalities

Written on April 18, 2013 at 9:09 am , by

Some runners, spinners and bootcamp devotees skip yoga classes thinking they’d be bored by the slow pace and not challenged enough by the practice. Luckily, as yoga grows in popularity, a wider variety of styles is offered. And if you’re willing to try some new things, it is possible to find a omm-azing fit, even if you’re not the most zen.

On our quest to find the most unique classes around, we discovered the class for type As: Yoga Bootcamp. This variety includes a mix of flowing poses and muscle-building strength moves performed at a heart-pumping pace. In our class, a top 40 playlist kept the pace moving at a fast clip…until the final five minutes. Then, the instructor (and triathlete) Lindsey Opp of PowHer Fitness, says, “The most difficult part of the class begins.” In other words, the time you lie still in corpse pose and clear your brain to focus on your breath might be even more of a challenge than the super-sculpting moves. Yup, there is a yoga class for us all…even those who have slowing down.

Try this style yourself at home with two moves from the bootcamp:

Spiderman Push-ups

  • Start in plank position, with abs tight, body in a straight diagonal line from shoulders to heels and hands under shoulders.
  • Slowly lower down in a triceps push-up, keeping elbows near ribcage. As you lower, bring right knee out to the side and forward to meet right elbow (see picture).
  • Push back up to starting position and place right leg back behind to meet left.
  • Switch sides and repeat. Try to complete 5 reps per side.

Wall Walks

  • Begin with feet about two feet in front of an empty wall. Bend down and place hands at shoulder-width, about one foot on front of toes (A).
  • Place most of body weight on hands and carefully place one foot low on the wall while the other remains on the floor.
  • Step other foot up on the wall and alternate stepping legs higher, until legs are fully extended (B).
  • Hold handstand position for five seconds, then walk feet back down the wall until you can step back to the starting position.
  • Repeat, stepping first with the opposite leg.