5 Challenging Vinyasa Poses To Take Your Practice To Next Level

Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic style of yoga that involves sequential poses performed in a flow. When you are a beginner, you will be taught some easy poses to improve balance and make you get accustomed to the technique.

But once you have gained some practice, you must take it to the next level to enjoy the benefits yoga can provide. So, here are the five challenging poses in a vinyasa sequence that might take you to the next level.

Vinyasa is not challenging at the beginning stage. Everyone can learn and teach it to others. Just by undergoing a 200hr yoga teacher training, you can gain some expertise in yoga and teach students. During the training, you will have to go through several levels where the poses might get challenging. So, with the following poses, you can go from beginner to intermediate level.

Here we are going to look at the poses performed in the Belly down vinyasa and Twisted warrior pose sequences.

In the Belly Down Vinyasa, sequence, you will be doing four different poses that are quite challenging. They are the Plank position, Four limbed staff position, Cobra pose, and finally downward-facing dog pose.

Plank Pose

First, you start performing the Wide legged standing twist which is like a warmup sequence. After relaxing from the wide-legged standing twist, you have to move into the plank position. You have to focus your breathing and get your body into alignment. When you finally get into plank pose, give two breaths.

Four limbed staff pose

This pose is quite a strenuous kind of plank pose where you have to keep your body stiff like a staff by balancing the entire body on all your limbs. You have to move towards the four-limbed staff pose while you are inhaling and exhaling after the plank pose.

Cobra Pose

Next, you have to move to the cobra pose. While inhaling, you go to cobra pose where you have to lift your upper body from the ground after lying face down. Once you reach the pose, exhale completely. When you enter the pose, you will be inhaling, and when you completely reach the final form of the pose you have to exhale.

Downward Facing dog

Finally, exhale and lift the body to reach a downward facing dog posture. In this posture, you will be lifting the entire body in an inverted V shape while stretching your hands above your head balancing the ground. When going to the posture, you have to inhale and when you have reached it, you must completely exhale.

Twisted Warrior Pose

Rising from the downward-facing dog, you will take up the warrior pose but twist your torso to reach the calf muscles of your right leg. At the same time, you will be stretching the other hand above your head.


If you were doing only the basic poses in a sequence, these poses will be quite challenging especially when you want to do them in a sequence. This can take your practice to next level.

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