Gold Medal Yoga
It’s the day you’ve been waiting for. All your childhood dreams come down to this. Take a deep breath, and step on the mat. (Oh, and keep those deep breaths going.)
Diving (Forward Fold)
Inhale your arms up to prepare, then exhale and leap off the board, pressing your chest against your legs for a forward pike (with two somersaults and a twist—you’re just getting warmed up).
Fencing (Warrior II)
En garde, my friend. Step back big with your left leg, staying light on your feet, sabre in your right hand. Don’t take your eye off your opponent.
Inhale to straighten that front leg, turning to the side of your mat with the toes pointed toward the corners. Slowly sit down on your horse, and take your arms in front of you to hold the reins. Stay tall in the saddle.
One mile from the end, but your legs are giving out! Turn back to the front of the mat, lower your back knee to the floor, and bring your arms down inside your right leg to crawl to the finish line.
Soccer (Side Plank with the Top Leg Lifted)
Goalie is a very important position. Step your legs back to plank, then come on to your left hand and bring that right leg up to block the goal and keep your one-point (the only point) lead.
Step back to the front of the mat, bringing your left leg up behind you and balancing your right foot perfectly on the beam. Hold your left foot in your left hand and stretch it back, imagining it lifting straight up behind you as the judge awards you a perfect 10.
That was just the preliminaries. Congrats! You’ve made it to the finals! Repeat each one on the other side.
Take another dive into the pool to warm up for the race, then lower all the way down to your belly, arms by your side. When the gun goes off, lift your legs and arms to glide through the water. Take long, gold-medal worthy strokes by sweeping your arms overhead on the inhale and reaching them back to your side on the exhale.
Take a well-deserved rest on your belly or in child’s pose before hopping in your canoe. See if you can straighten your legs for, you know, aerodynamics.
You can’t win ’em all. Knockout! Try to come to again in about five minutes.