How to Do Yoga Animal Poses

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Yoga has a number of animal poses that can be used to exercises the entire body, including the eagle pose, the downward facing dog and the alligator pose. Learn how to execute animal-inspired poses with help from a certified personal fitness trainer in this free video on yoga animal poses.

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Hi, my name is Tanya Batts and I'm a personal trainer with Gold's Gym. I want to talk to you about animal poses or yoga animal poses. First I want to start with Eagle Pose where you take the Eagle Pose legs. So your right leg, I want you to cross it over the other. The toe can be down if you want. You really want to bend the knees and tuck the tail under. You can wrap that right leg all the way around if you want. So if the right leg is on the top it means the left arm is underneath. So you just want to bring the hands together if you really lift the arms up that's working the back but if you just hold this pose, strengthening legs, core, stretches the back, pretty great. Alright another great pose you want to take it to a Down Dog. All we're going to do is let the hands find the floor, step the feet back. This is Downward Facing Dog. You are lifting the tail bone to the ceiling, pressing the heels into the floor. So then you can come forward to Plank, lower down. We are in Alligator and then rise up to Upward Facing Dog so it's all about the animals isn't it? So you really want to lift the hips and lower them down. So those are just a few great poses you can do for yoga which are animal inspired.


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