If you are starting to feel comfortable with the beginners’ yoga techniques, it’s time to step it up a notch. Intermediate yoga is slightly more difficult than beginning yoga poses – some are fairly easy but some are a little more difficult. Follow these yoga instructions to become more familiar with intermediate yoga techniques.
Intermediate yoga techniques #1 – Eagle Pose
This intermediate standing yoga pose will help build your balance. You will need to begin in the Mountain pose then transfer to the Awkward Chair pose (click here to learn how).
From there, shift your weight to the right leg. Cross your left leg over the left thigh. Hook your left foot over the right calf. Bring your arms out in front of you. Cross your right arm over the left and touch your palms together. Lift your elbows.
Hold the Eagle pose for 6 breaths.
Intermediate yoga techniques #2 – Lotus Pose
This intermediate seated yoga pose will help open your hips. You will need to begin in the Staff pose (here). Then bend the right knee and bring the left ankle to the left hip crease. The sole of the right foot should be facing upwards.
Bend your left knee and cross the left ankle over to the right hip crease. The sole of the left foot should also be facing upwards.
Then repeat the Lotus pose with the right foot on top.
Intermediate yoga techniques #3 – Upward Facing Dog
This intermediate backbend pose will strengthen your arms, wrists, and abs. It also increases the flexibility of your spine. Begin in the Four-Limbed Staff Pose (here).
Then come forward, rolling over your toes. Don’t let your thighs touch the floor. Press the tops of your feet down and drop the hips. Keep your shoulders over the wrists.
Intermediate yoga techniques #4 – Crow Pose
This intermediate arm balance pose will help strengthen the wrists, forearm, and abs. It also helps improve balance. Bend your knees slightly and set your palms flat on the floor shoulder distance apart.
Start to move forward, lifting your head. One at a time, take your feet off the floor and balance with both feet up.
Intermediate yoga techniques #5 – Headstand Pose
This intermediate inversion pose calms the mind, strengthens the arms, legs and spine, and improves balance. Go to your hands and knees – wrists should be placed under the shoulders and knees under hips.
Bring your elbows to the floor. Interlace your fingers and place the crown of your head on the floor, cupped by the fingers. Bring the hips up.
Walk your feet in towards the head until the hips are over your shoulders. Then kick up your legs, one at a time. Place weight on your forearms, not your head.
Hold the Headstand pose for 6 breaths.
These are just 5 of the many intermediate yoga techniques. Once you have mastered the intermediate yoga instructions, you may want to move on to more advanced poses.
Intermediate Yoga Poses, About.com.