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Two Fit Moms: 6 Instagram-Inspired Poses for the New Year

By Yoga Journal

Think how many “new” poses we’d never see if it weren’t for social media. Here, Two Fit Moms co-founder Masumi Goldman (aka Masumi_G) shares a few of her favorites.

In the inspirational world of Instagram, creativity runs rampant, and traditional poses morph into new, interesting, and unusual shapes. Without this social media platform for yogis to meet and share with one another, there are so many pose variations I may have never seen. Here are six of my favorite “new” poses inspired by the virtual yoga community around the world. Try them to add some excitement and variety to your practice in 2015.

girl demonstrating a variation of elephant's trunk pose

Elephant’s Trunk Pose, Variation

Eka Hasta Bhujasana

Like arm balances? Here’s a new one to try. It starts out innocently enough as Elephant’s Trunk Pose (Eka Hasta Bhujasana), then transforms into this funky shape when the top leg (which usually hooks over the shoulder) straightens and the bottom leg wraps around an arm.

girl demonstrating a variation of bow pose

Bow Pose, Variation


If the elusive overhand grip is part of your practice, attempt this variation of Bow Pose (Dhanurasana), which comes complete with an arm scarf.

girl demonstrating a variation of standing split pose

Standing Split, Variation

Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana

This looks like a Standing Split variation, but it makes the most sense to start in Lizard Pose. From there, wiggle your front shoulder under your knee. If that’s comfortable, rise back up onto your hands and begin to straighten the front knee while simultaneously lifting the back leg. Once you find your balance, bend the lifted leg and reach for your foot with the opposite hand.

girl demonstrating a variation of tripod egg pose

Tripod Egg, Variation

Once you’ve mastered the Tripod Egg Headstand, challenge yourself by pressing the forearms together and turning the hands away from each other so your inner wrists touch.

girl demonstrating a variation of compass pose

Compass Pose, Variation

Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana

When you’re ready to take your Compass Pose into a whole new dimension, give this variation a try. Here, you’ll plant both hands on the ground and lift the hips off the mat like in Upward Plank Pose (Purvottansana).

girl demonstrating a variation of fallen angel pose

Fallen Angel Pose, Variation

Devaduuta Panna Asana

Is it an inversion, an arm balance, or some hybrid of the two? You decide. Start in Fallen Angel pose, and then lift the bottom knee from the triceps. Feel free to stay in a hovering version of Fallen Angel or straighten the lower leg, pointing the foot the same direction that you are facing.

Challenge yourself with the peak poses for the New Year.

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