Yoga & Pilates – Mix Up Your Workouts

Do you ever feel like you do the same thing over and over with your workouts? I cannot express how important I feel it is to mix up the workouts you do. Even if it is once or twice a week moving your body in a different way. It will help sculpt your body and work on areas you don’t typically get with your staple workouts.

I am a big believer in yoga and pilates. It is amazing how much the two practices can do for your body and your mentality. Which both depend greatly on the other.

Pilates & Yoga Workout

5 Sun Salutations – Yoga Exercise (begin standing with feet together in mountain pose, inhale and lift arms out to your side and above head, do back extension if desired, exhale and bend forward palms/finger tips to ground, inhale up to flat back, exhale and release palms to the ground jump or step feet back to plank, inhale in plank and exhale into chaturanga push up, inhale to upward facing dog, exhale into downward facing dog, walk or jump feet to hands, inhale reaching your arms out to the side and returning to your standing mountain pose.)

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Warrior Series:

From last downward dog – step right foot forward in-between hands into runners lunge

Runners Lunge – hold for 30 seconds

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Warrior One – hold for 30 seconds

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Warrior Two – hold for 30 seconds

Reverse Warrior – hold for 30 seconds

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Side Angle Pose – hold for 30 seconds

Warrior Three – hold for 30 seconds

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Runners Lunge – hold for 30 seconds

Return palms to the ground, return right foot back into plank position, return to downward dog and take 5 breaths, from downward dog step left foot forward between hands into runners lunge

Runners Lunge – hold for 30 seconds

Warrior One – hold for 30 seconds

Warrior Two – hold for 30 seconds

Reverse Warrior – hold for 30 seconds

Triangle Pose – hold for 30 seconds

Warrior Three – hold for 30 seconds

Runners Lunge – hold for 30 seconds

Return palms to the ground, return left foot back into plank position, lower yourself into chaturanga push-up, into upward facing down, exhale to downward facing dog, jump/step feet up to hands, spread arms out and return to standing mountain pose

Pilates Series:

Hundreds – One set

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12 Roll Ups

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12 Roll Overs

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30 One Leg Circles – (15 each leg)

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30 Cork-Screws (15 each leg)

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30 Saw (15 each side)

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12 Swan Dives

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30 One Leg Kicks (15 each side)

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50 Scissors (25 each side)

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50 Bicycles (25 each side)

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12 Jack Knifes

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15 Teasers

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Cool Down:

Seated Forward Bend – melt heart to knees

Torso Twist – each side (hold for 20 seconds each side)

Pigeon – each side (hold for 20 seconds each side)

Congrats, now you can enjoy your day feeling so much more amazing! Working out gives you lots of energy you need to get through your daily tasks. I know it seems like it would drain you, but I promise, stick with it and you will get the energy you need from it!

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

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