Yoga for... Pole dancers?

This one is for you, Maendy!

I'd read on Maendy's blog about taking pole dancing classses for physical fitness. She has a video in that post; it is really and truly unbelievable what the woman in the video (I believe she is called "Felix") can do. Her thighs could probably crush a canteloupe (how's that for imagery?). Then Maendy wrote a comment on the post below, which got me thinking about how, really, you can see yoga in everything, and yoga asana in a lot more things than I might previously have gone for.

Think, for example, about the breath work, balance, and focus necessary to accomplish what Felix can do with just her body, some high heels, and a pole. Darn right, she's a yogini. This is a different video than Maendy posted on her blog, but it's where I got my sequence for today (skip the first minute, there's nothing there except a taping of the stage).

Yoga for... Pole dancers?

Do this sequence on the ground, and then consider, for a moment, doing it in midair, with only a pole to hold onto. The poses below are not in the exact order I caught them on the clip, but I saw them all there. Watch the clip, and feel grateful and humble.

  1. Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
  2. Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose)
  3. Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head to Knee Pose)
  4. Dandasana (Staff Pose)
  5. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on other side
  6. Upavistha Konasana (Seated Wide Angle Pose)
  7. Supta Kapotanasana (Reclined Pigeon Pose)
  8. Kapotanasana (Pigeon Pose)
  9. Hanumanasana (Splits)
  10. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
  11. Repeat steps 7-10 on other side
  12. Jump through to seated
  13. Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
  14. Virasana (Heroes Pose)
  15. Garbasana (Child's Pose)
  16. Adho Mukha Svanasana
  17. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
  18. Natarajasana (Dancer's Pose)
  19. Allow torso to fall forward into Standing Splits
  20. Step back to lunge
  21. Vinyasa to Adho Mukha Svanasana
  22. Repeat steps 17-21
  23. Jump up to Handstand (using wall-- or pole-- if necessary)
  24. Upavistha Paschimottanasana (Upward Forward Fold)
  25. Roll back to Halasana (Plow Pose)
  26. Savasana

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