Yoga Practice

Toned Tuesday #1: Lunge Pulse

Today’s mini-challenge is to do 15 lunge pulses on each side. Pretty simple, right? Just wait until you start doing them– the burn is REAL.

I’ve been working this in to some of the stronger flows in my personal practice and I’m loving how it’s working! It really adds a different kind of strengthening element and is AWESOME for getting definition.

Step 1: Come to a regular Crescent Lunge! Your arms can be down with the hands at heart’s center, or up overhead. The focus is really on the lower body here.
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Step 2: Keeping everything else stable, slowly bend the back knee so your shin is parallel to the mat. Keeping the pelvis stable, engage the hamstring to draw the knee down and keep pressing through the back heel. Hover for one full exhale, and inhale back to your Crescent Lunge. What makes this ultra tough is the fact that the front leg never straightens. In traditional walking lunges, both legs bend and then straighten. Here, we’re amplifying it yogi style.
crescentlunge2badyogi

Over to you! What did you think after you tried this? Pretty tough, right? Did you get through all 15 on each side?!

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4 Comments

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    Maiken

    May 3, 2016 at 5:59 am

    It was insanely hard 🙂 I’m a quite new follower of your site. After a couple of months in a “yoga-slump” I needed to get my mojo back. So I’ve decided to give Mighty May a go. It’s just what I needed. Short and sweet. I had to modify a wee bit, my strength is not what it used to be, and my knees squeaked and creaked. I did my best – and today that was good enough. Thanks for giving me the joy in yoga back.

  2. Megan Reddix

    Megan Reddix

    May 3, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I love this workout! I feel it in my buns, my hamstrings, my core, my calves…everything gets fired up! But really though, you should sell Bad Yogi mats.

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    Seamingly Sarah

    May 4, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Burning! There’s something to be said about slowly executing a move instead of going as fast as possible.

  4. Nicky

    Nicky

    May 5, 2016 at 6:58 am

    The trick is to save this until Wednesday and do it whilst watching Q&A, much easier when distracted!

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