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Asana Analysis Private Yoga Instructor Los Angeles Santa Monica Tiger Curls

Published on September 3rd, 2018 | by Catherine Tingey

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TIGER CURLS

Tiger Curls are a part of many modern vinyasa style yoga classes. Sequenced early in a class they are a fun and dynamic way to work the core, strengthen the shoulder girdle, wrists and forearms, and improve hip flexibility.

Tiger Curls can also be performed from Forearm Plank to avoid being on the wrists although this variation requires considerably more shoulder girdle strength.

Private Yoga Instructor Los Angeles Santa Monica Tiger Curls

Tiger Curls from Forearm Plank

ALIGNMENT

From Downward Facing Dog, inhale and take one leg straight up into 3 Legged Dog.

Exhale and bring the knee toward your nose, bringing your shoulders over your wrists.

*For more intensity, bring your heel towards your buttocks.

Inhale the leg back into 3 legged dog, and exhale bringing the knee towards your same side elbow.

Private Yoga Instructor Los Angeles Santa Monica Tiger Curls

*For more intensity, pull the knee to the tricep or armpit.

Lastly, inhale leg back into 3 Legged Dog, and exhale twist across the body bringing the knee to the opposite elbow.

Private Yoga Instructor Los Angeles Santa Monica Tiger Curls

BENEFITS

  • Boosts heart rate thereby creating heat in the body, and may burn fat
  • Tones the core
  • Strengthens shoulder girdle, forearms and wrists

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • Carpal Tunnel and other wrist injuries
  • Rotator cuff injuries

ADVANCED

Try bringing your knee to your wrist, up to your armpit and back down. Repeat.

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Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.


About the Author

Entrepreneur, yogini, designer, award-winning filmmaker, personal trainer and former marathon runner. She left a career in finance to start her own business and along the way, became a yoga teacher after practicing for 24 years.



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