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How to Modify 2 of the Most Troublesome Yoga Poses

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In this video, I’m going to walk you through two of the yoga postures I see people struggling with most often. Instead of forcing yourself into a pose, we can use a yoga block as a prop to help us get the benefits of the pose while still keeping healthy form and avoiding injury. It’s less about making yourself look like the “right” way of doing a pose and more about staying true to the nuance and intention of the pose. While you might feel like you’re not going as deep, you’re actually hitting the proper muscles and maintaining excellent postures.

The two poses we’ll address today are:

Note: If you don’t have a block, you can use a sturdy book or similarly sized object.

Remember that flexibility is not a competition — especially when it comes to these more troublesome yoga poses. It’s not about who can achieve the most extreme version of any given pose. It’s about getting the benefit of movement and stretching that is most appropriate for your body.

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After his first experience with a yoga DVD borrowed from the local library, Brandon was hooked. Combined with his discovery of kettlebells, he had finally found the perfect balance between strength training and yoga practice, and is more than happy to spread the word and help others discover the same foundation for living strong and enjoying more confidence and happiness.

Brandon is a personal trainer, yoga teacher, kettlebell enthusiast, father, husband, and defender of the Kaizen way of life and health. He lives in Beaverton, Oregon with his lovely wife Marisa and their two daughters, where he helps clients recover from weakness, injuries, surgeries, accidents, and chronic medical conditions by holistically blending various styles of kettlebell training, bodyweight exercises, yoga, along with meal plans that nourish and sustain you from the inside out. You can learn more by visiting his website, The Kaizen Way.