As soon as you have mastered the basic yoga poses, you can then proceed to the difficult ones. But remember, before you advance to the next level, make sure that you have acquired the necessary flexibility and strength in order to avoid bodily injury.
The following yoga poses are among those considered the hardest, but with little patience and lots of practice, you’ll be able to perfect them in no time.
1. One Handed Tree Pose (Eka Hasta Vrksasana)
If balancing upside down on two hands is just a piece of cake for you, then try doing it in one. This insane pose is part of Ashtanga Yoga’s 5ht and 6th series, and is only recommended for those who can nail the regular handstand.
To complete this pose, you need to have great core strength, good mental focus and balance as well as strong wrists.
2. Head-to-Foot Pose (Sirsa Padasana)
If the first one requires strength and balance, this one requires excellent flexibility of the spine because you’ll be bending your back in such a way that your feet reaches your head. This is the most intense backbends out there. You could injure yourself if you are not ready for this pose.
3. Wounded Peacock (Pungu Mayurasana)
This pose is essentially the Peacock, but you’ll be using one arm. This is also looks the same as the one handed tree pose only that the arm supporting your entire body is bent, so you’re a bit closer to the ground.
Wounded peacock can strengthen your wrists, shoulders and arms; it can alsoo improve your digestion due to the pressure applied by the arms on your digestive system.
4. Bound Angle Headstand Pose (Baddha Kona Sirsana)
If you have mastered the traditional headstand, then this one should be easy. However, keeping your feet touching together could prove to be little challenging because the stance requires flexibility and balance.
Anyway, regularly doing this pose will strengthen your arms, wrists and shoulders. It can also help relieve depression, stress and anxiety.
5. Compass Pose (Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana)
This one should not worry you a bit if you have great flexibility, but perfecting it might require some practice.
The compass pose is a great shoulder opener and a good stretching exercise for the hamstring as well as hips, groins and spinal column. It is done by sitting on the floor with one knee bent and the other straight. The straight leg is pulled up and inward by the arm, so you are literally sitting on the floor with one arm and leg pointing in a straight angle.
When done regularly, this pose can help detoxify your body and relieve stress and constipation. It can also help you develop patience, stability and sensitivity.
6. Firefly Pose (Tittibhasana)
This is an arm balance pose that requires great core strength and stability. It is done by first sitting in a squat position with both hands firmly on the floor between the legs. And then slowly, the pelvis is tiled and both legs are raised.
Doing this pose regularly will strengthen your wrist, improve your handgrip, and tone your back thigh abdomen. It will also enhance your balance and focus.
These poses are designed for advance yoga practitioners. Do you think you could strike them?