New York City is a wild place—with its bright lights (hello, Times Square!), soaring skyscrapers (looking at you, One World Trade), and a population of 8.2 million people, it’s basically the furthest setting imaginable from the zen atmosphere you associate with yoga. And yet, there are 300 yoga studios in NYC—that’s more studios than Starbucks stores! Clearly, New Yorkers love to get their om on. And they’ll do it pretty much anywhere, from the rooftops of the Financial District to the Great Lawn at Central Park. To prove it, we took to the streets to show off our favorite poses that celebrate this yoga-loving city. Watch the video, then add them to your own practice. (And Take Our 30-Day Yoga Challenge!)
Bridge (or Wheel) Pose
A Begin lying on your back with your knees bent and feet on the ground hip-width apart. Outer edges of your feet are parallel.
B Bend your elbows and place your hands on either side of your head shoulder-width apart with fingers pointing toward shoulders.
C Pressing into your feet and hands equally, lift your hips and lengthen your arms. Keep pressing into your feet through the big toes and reach your chest away from your feet as you stay here for at least three deep breaths.
A Begin standing in mountain pose. Transfer your weight into your right foot and bend left your knee and open from your hip out to the left.
B Keeping your hip open, place the bottom of your left foot on the inside of your right thigh or shin (not the knee). (Psst… Yoga Isn’t All About Being Flexible.)
A Begin standing in mountain pose. Shift your weight onto your left leg. Bend right knee and grab the inside of your right calf or ankle with your right hand.
B Gently press your right shin into your right hand to open your back.
C Reach your left arm straight up and a bit forward to counterbalance. Gaze upward. Breathe here for at least three deep breaths, and then repeat on the other side. Continue reading >>