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This At-Home Workout Combines HIIT and Yoga for the Ultimate Burn

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If you’re trying to break free from a workout rut, this quick at-home routine is just what you need. The 23-minute sweat session combines elements of yoga and high-intensity interval training to generate a full-body burn in a short period of time. All you need to is a yoga mat, so go grab yours and follow along as personal trainers Serena Tom and Chris Chang take you through each exercise.
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You’ll begin in triangle pose to stretch out your hamstrings, and open your chest and hips. Next you’ll transition into reverse warrior for a deep side stretch, followed by extended triangle pose. For the remainder of the yoga portion, you’ll flow through plank pose, chaturanga, and down dog, ending in chair pose.
Then it’s time for the HIIT portion of the workout, which consists of two circuits. Each has three exercises that you’ll do three times. Be sure to do each exercise for 30 seconds to max out your burn. You’ll have a 15-second rest betwee…

Find Balance with These 3 Beginner Yoga Poses

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Think tree pose is a little too advanced? Worry not! These poses from the Yoga Fundamentals program focus on bringing more awareness to your feet  the first lesson in balance. “Your feet are designed to articulate movement in all kinds of ways, but we spend so much time in shoes that we limit their range of motion,” Kiley says. Aim to hold each of the following poses for three to five breaths. Sole StretchBalance starts on the soles of your feet, and this pose is a great way to enhance the extension of your toes while stretching the plantar fascia. “By stretching and awakening your soles, you’re going to improve balance and agility as you walk, run and dance,” Kiley says. How to: Get into tabletop position on your hands and knees (a). Tuck your toes under and walk your hands back towards your heels. Push your fingertips into the floor to lift your knees off the mat (b). Place two yoga blocks under your knees and sit upright on your heels (c). If this feels uncomfortable on your knees, s…

Albatross Pose

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Kiley likes to think of this yoga pose as a bird about to take flight, or in exercise terms, a hip hinge. The albatross is good prep for the Warrior poses and other standing poses that involve balanced legs because it encourages even distribution of weight. “Albatross awakens and fortifies the musculature of your back, legs and shoulders to train your body to regain its open, upright potential,” Kiley says.
How to: Stand with your feet in a wide straddle and feet parallel (a). Spread your arms wide into a big “T” with your palms facing forward (b). Unlock your knees, engage your glutes and core, and actively pull your legs towards your midline as you hinge forward at the hips. Keep your head level so your neck is a smooth continuation of your spine (c). Stretch your arms wide to the sides like a bird (d).
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Single-Leg Balance

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A great progression from mountain pose, the single-legbalancehelps you access what Kiley calls your “plum-line” or central axis. “When you feel connected to your center in this way, any number of other off-balanceposes become more possible,” she says. For true beginners, Kiley recommends stepping your lifted toes onto a yoga block for a few breaths before hiking your knee up to your hands. How to: Stand with your feet hip-distance apart in mountain pose with equal weight on each foot (a). Begin to shift your weight onto your left foot and lift your right leg up (b). Interlace your hands around your right knee, point your right foot and pull the knee towards the ceiling (c). Firm up your standing leg by drilling the heel down into the mat, and draw your chin in slightly. Aim to create a straight line from your left heel to the crown of your head (e). Repeat on the right foot after a few breaths.
source: www.health.com