The following is a guest post by Brandon Hofer:

 

Not only does yoga offer relaxation, restorative, and therapeutic benefits, but when you need it to, it can also offer you an extremely challenging physical practice to ignite your nervous system and strengthen joint stability as a preparation for other types of activity.

 

Peak Pose: Revolved Half Moon

 

Breaking Muscle Shop

Revolved half moon pose is one of the most exhilarating poses to perform. It also invites you to prepare for it with many other foundational poses that are the cornerstone to a well-balanced physical practice. Most of the benefits of this sequence are found in the preparatory poses and can be practiced even without revolved half moon if you are not quite ready for it yet.

 

The Sequence:

 

(or other prep of your choice)

 

Then - hold the following poses for 45-60 seconds each.

 

1. Triangle Pose x 2 each side:

 

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2. Side Angle Pose x 2 each side:

 

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3. Warrior 2 x 2 each side:

 

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4. Half Moon x 2 each side:

 

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5. Low Pyramid, then transition to Revolved Triangle x 2 each side:

 

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6. Revolved Side Angle x 2 each side:

 

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7. Three Legged Dog:

 

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8. Bound Triangle:

 

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9. Bound Side Angle:

 

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(Note: You will be about 35 to 45 minutes into your practice by now)

 

10. Revolved Half Moon:

 

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11. Downward Dog:

 

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12. Wide Angle Forward Fold:

 

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Finish with seated postures, twists, or reclined postures of your choice. Enjoy!

 

Photos courtesy of Brandon Hofer.

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