Who says you can’t bring the Halloween spirit to your yoga class? Halloween is right around the corner, and this means it’s time to channel some spooky vibes in your next yoga sequence.
Take your imagination to new stretches and poses that will really put you in the festive spirit and strengthen those muscles to prepare for all that candy you’re about to inherit soon.
Halloween Yoga Sequence
Get ready for a yoga flow full of puns and scary poses to work up a sweat. The one main requirement — have fun.
1. Black Cat Pose
Who says black cats are unlucky? Cat pose is an excellent warm-up pose that stretches your upper back and massages your spine.
- Begin by getting onto your hands and knees and stretch your fingers wide apart. Your knees should be hip-width distance apart.
- With your belly tight and drawn in, round your back to bring it up, stretch your arms and press your palms firmly onto the mat as you take a deep breath in.
- Feel the complete stretch in your body and focus on your breath.
- Hold this pose for a few seconds and release.
2. Frankenstein Staff Pose
Strengthen your back muscles and improve your posture as you perform staff pose. Your shoulders and chest get a good stretch as your bring Frankenstein alive in class. Stretch out your arms to add some spooky fun to your pose.
- Sit on your mat with your legs extended out straight in front of you and flex your toes.
- Keep your back straight and place your arms beside you, palms facing down.
- Push down on the mat to feel the stretch. Shift your gaze to a neutral position in front of your mat.
3. Headless Headstand
Get your core working with this spooky version of the yoga pose. The name is just for creative purposes and no one’s going to be losing any heads. Performing a headstand will increase blood circulation and give you an energy boost in the process.
- Start with your elbows shoulder-width apart with your forearms on the shoulder, making sure your pinky fingers are touching the mat
- Gently place your head on the mat and push firmly on the mat.
- Tuck your toes in and raise your hips to start getting into the headstand.
- Walk your feet toward your elbow and once you are as close as you can get, lift your heels one at a time to hover.
- Once you are stable. Slowly extend one leg and then the other until your legs are completely extended. Flex your feet at the top.
- Hold this pose for five breaths and release.
4. Monster Lion Breathing
Taking the time to perform breathing exercises is a great way to relieve stress and help you let it all go. It’s time to bring out the inner monster and get ready to let all your tension disappear while having a little fun with the technique.
- Start by kneeling on the floor and cross your legs where the front of the right ankle is over the back of the left ankle.
- Press your palms against your knees and spread your fingers out wide.
- Inhale deeply through the nose and open your mouth wide. Bring your tongue out and curl the tip down toward the chin. Open your eyes wide.
- Exhale from the mouth with a “ha” sound for two breaths.
- Cross your legs, bringing the opposite ankle on top, and repeat.
5. Corpse Pose
Corpse pose is probably every yogi’s favorite part of the routine as you finally get to relax your hardworking muscles. You’re basically playing dead for this one and you can’t get anymore punny than that.
- Start by laying down on your mat with your eyes closed. Your back should be flat, arms and legs extended out and your shoulders completely relaxed.
- Allow your mind to focus on the present and remove any and all the stress from you. You should feel free and completely at ease.
- Hold this pose for at least two minutes. (You will be surprised by how hard it actually is to stay still for that long.)
Yoga sequence adapted from elitedaily.com.