- Utkata Konasana
The Goddess pose or Utkata Konasana is great to build strength and flexibility in hips, hamstrings and calves. Good preparations poses are bound angle pose and frog pose (for hips), utthita hasta padangusthasana (for leg strength and flexibility), tiptoe chair pose (for calf strength and balance) and dolphin pose (for calf stretch).
This pose targets the sacral chakra. I love going up on tiptoes for building calf strength.
Goddess walk or horse walk is a very challenging and strength building Goddess variation. A great workout for strength, flexibility and coordination. And any atypical way to walk is a room for creative potential. I did also found out these days that I missed out one important preparation pose class, particularly if you do goddess walk on tiptoes – Calf openers. When on tiptoes, calves are just as important than open hips, so dolphin pose are or similar importance as bound angle and frog pose.
During a juice cleanse, there is a calorie deficit, so optimizing meal times are important to avoid hunger and staying sharp. I have however been able to run 5K each day and practice yoga as usual, since I’m strict with juice times, and split the meals around workouts. Like having half a bottle of juice before and the second half after a run or yoga practice. During a calorie deficit, you are more vulnerable to stress. So take care of yourself, avoid stressful situations, limit commitments, sleep properly and take a digital detox if you need to.
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