I love taking my yoga practice to the next level.
My favorite way to do that is by trying out new fun poses and especially new variations of asanas, which I already can do.
By practicing different variations of asanas you get to experience a whole new range of benefits of the yoga pose. You can also practice different variations in order to prepare for the “final” asana.
That’s why I want to show you 5 fun yoga pose variations you can try if you want to spice up your yoga practice a little.
1. Side plank with extended leg
I absolutely adore this yoga pose. It is a perfect mixture of balance, core muscle engagement, arm strength, and hips & legs flexibility. And in my opinion, oh so beautiful. Such a fun variation of the normal side plank.
Moreover, I have taken a deeper look into scoliosis in my prescientific study and I have found out that this yoga pose helps people with scoliosis strengthen both sides of their back muscles equally so that their spine is one straight line again. Another great reason to practice this variation.
How to do it?
- Simply go into side plank
- Grap your toe with your fingers
- Extend the arm and leg
2. Twisted headstand
This asana variation is perfect for those of you, who already master the headstand, but want to add some spice to it.
How to do it?
- Go into headstand
- Do a slight front split with your legs
- Turn your body into the opposite direction of your front foot
- Keep your legs straight
It is such a simple pose, however, there is so much elegance to it, in my opinion.
3. King’s pigeon pose
This yoga pose is by far one of my favorites. King’s pigeon pose is a variation of the pigeon pose and soo famous in the yoga community. I have practiced yoga for 4 years now and it wasn’t until last summer when I first managed to come into this asana. I was SO freakin’ excited because I was trying to master it for such a long time.
How to do it?
- Come into pigeon pose
- Place your hands on the sides of the thighs and go into a back bend. This is preparation.
- Now, bend your leg (the extended one) and grab your big toe with your thumb, index finger and middle finger.
- Somehow twist your arm around (haha)
I know, this instruction isn’t really useful, but I simply don’t know how else to explain it. I think everyone has their own technique. But, I can tell you one thing: When you are ready and flexible enough it will happen to you. Don’t force anything.
4. Forearm stand with variation
Again, this yoga pose is for the more advanced yogis out there. It is a forearm-stand with a slight variation with the legs. If you tried to do a forearm-stand before, you might know that it is a freakin’ hard pose to nail. Honestly, I can’t do it half of the time.
Actually, this is a variation, which is simpler than the typical forearm-stand, where your body should be in one straight line, in my opinion. That’s why I love it.
Last, but definitely not least, is the backwheel with one leg in the air. I think it is such a beautiful pose.
- Because one leg is in the air, I personally get an even deeper opening in the chest and stretch in the shoulders
- You work on your balance, as a bonus
- It looks ridiculously beautiful
- When you are in your wheel, carefully lift your leg up
- That’s it
There are tons and tons of great variations out there. I thought I would show you a few of my favorites.
Well, I know this blog post was for a bit more advanced yogis.. But if you are a beginner, I am sure you will get there some day! Slowly and steady.
Looking for some yoga advice for beginners? I can recommend:
Thank you so much for reading! I wish you an energized day!