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My 5 favourite yoga poses - Roxanne Ridge, yoga teacher, journalist, explorer...

Helen Mincher yoga practice yoga teacher

My style is about strength, core focus and empowerment - and this defines my favourite yoga poses. These can often feel daunting to students when I teach them, but it simply requires a positive mindset, self belief and the resilience to learn to hold your body weight differently.

1. Forearm stand – Pincha Mayurasana

This pose is a crowd pleaser;  it looks and feels great. When you think about it, you have all of your forearms and hands to balance your weight on – that's more surface area than your feet. To work towards the pose, practice lots of dolphin press-ups and focus on strengthening the core.

2. Flip The Dog – Camatkarasana


Who doesn't love this pose? There is something about the change in perspective I enjoy. When you're feeling down, you tend to slump and round your shoulders. As you lift your chest during this asana, you completely reverse this. 

3. Reverse Warrior – Viparita Virabhadrasana

Release your inner warrior! Of all the warrior variations, this is my favourite; there's something victorious and flamboyant about it. It stretches the groins and hips, and really opens up the chest and shoulders.

4. Handstand (with or without the wall support) – Adho Mukha Vrksasana

This pose is more about co-ordination and core strength rather than balance. Once you have the strength to be upside down, it's not a difficult pose. To build up your core strength, practice Boat Pose (Navasana) and Half Boat Pose (Arda Navasana) as well as lots of dolphin press-ups and planking.

5. Tree – Vrksasana

This is a very grounding pose. Lifting your hands feels celebratory. Close the eyes for an extra challenge – If you sway, don't worry, just think about it as a your tree's branches blowing in the wind!

What poses stand out for you? Which do you most enjoy, and which do you find challenging? We'd love to know XX

Roxanne is wearing a selection of leggings from our launch range, in size small. She will be back on UK shores this summer, stay tuned for her class and workshop updates

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