When I think of Halloween, I think about cooler fall nights, fun costumes, spooky decorations, and a little bit of mischief in the air. Fire is often associated with Halloween, dating back to its historical origins.
In honor of Halloween, I put together a power yoga flow to ignite your inner fire. Here are a few of the poses that I’ve incorporated into this flow. Note that these poses all feature neutral hip alignment, so you can build upon these poses without rotating your hips. If you want to put together a sequence on your own, I encourage you to try some of these poses together for a strength and balance challenge!
This pose reminds me of monsters and zombies, but it’s not so scary for beginners! This is a great balancing pose to wake up your senses. You can reach your arms overhead, or keep your palms together at the center of your chest.
If you’re looking to generate a little heat in your lower body, give high crescent lunge a try! Try to keep your front knee aligned with your ankle, and come onto the ball of your back foot so that it is lined up below your heel. Move from the knee up to the high crescent lunge for a few rounds to build on this sequence.
Warrior III is a fun balancing pose that you can make your own! Try to bring your torso parallel to your yoga mat or the ground, and do the same with the lifted leg. You can reach your arms overhead, send them behind you to find airplane arms, or bring your palms together at the center of your chest. Alternatively, you can place yoga blocks at their tallest height, and rest your palms on the blocks for support.
From here, maybe you return to your high crescent lunge or even the knee-up pose. You can also make your way to a standing split, or even rise to stand. The beautiful thing about yoga is that it is your practice. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
Another fun pose to try is the revolved crescent. If you sit all day and/or most of your daily movement is forward and backward (i.e. running, cycling, walking), the muscles along your spine may appreciate the twist!
Note: Make sure you warm up your side body (think obliques) before attempting twists.
High & Low Lunge
Another fun sequence that I love to add to my power yoga classes is moving from high crescent lunge to low lunge. To add some upper body movement, you can raise your arms overhead as you rise to high lunge, and find cactus/goalpost arms as you lower to the low lunge. Take several rounds and notice a little heat in your glutes and hip flexors!
Another fire-filled pose is chair pose. In this variation, my feet are hip-width apart and my arms are overhead. If you take this variation, make sure that your pelvis is tucked underneath you, and you are drawing your shoulders down, away from your arms. For an added challenge, see if you can make your way from low lunge to chair pose!
Drinking bird is a fun pose to combine with chair pose. In this variation – from chair pose – lift your heels and send your arms behind you. Return to chair pose by lowering your heels and reaching your arms overhead. Take a few rounds of these two poses to play with your balance as well as your lower body strength.
Take a listen to my playlist to flow along. And if you have 15 minutes for yoga practice today, you can follow along with me here:
Note: Alexis is a 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher.
By day, Alexis Reed (she/her) is a marketing professional in the DC Metro Area. By night, she is a group fitness instructor, yoga teacher, youth volleyball coach, and healthy lifestyle blogger on Flecks of Lex. She hosts The Sweat Fearlessly Podcast and is Co-Founder of DMV Fitness Fam, a local group that promotes diversity in fitness and the great outdoors. Her philosophy is to “Sweat Fearlessly” – having fun and enjoying fitness without worrying about how you look or what other people may think about you. You can follow Alexis’ daily adventures on her Instagram @flecksoflex.