(Part 2) Yoga on Hilton Head Island: The Standing Sequence

Practicing yoga outside on Hilton Head Island is simple, especially when you are equipped with a few key supplies.

Outdoors Yoga Checklist:

After warming up the body as you learned in Part 1 with Sun Salutation A, you can begin the standing sequence. There are several energizing and lengthening standing poses for all experience and fitness levels. I would encourage everyone to be aware of their breath and make sure their inhales and exhales equal in length and originate from the nose rather than the mouth for optimal breathwork. Also, listen to your body. There is a difference between challenging and over-exerting yourself.

Simple Standing Sequence:

  • Begin in Downward-Facing Dog

    Warrior I on South Beach

  • Inhale, the right foot forward in between your hands
  • Exhale, plant the left foot to a 45-degree angle
  • Inhale, lift the arms and torso up for Warrior I
  • Hold for 5 breaths
  • Exhale, open arms out to a “T” and turn the torso to the left for Warrior II
  • Hold for 5 breaths
  • Inhale, straighten the right leg
  • Exhale, bring the right hand to the right ankle or shin for Triangle Pose
  • Hold for 5 breaths
  • Inhale, use your core strength to raise the torso back up
  • Exhale, rotate the torso back to facing forward
  • Inhale, lift the left arm up towards the sky and lengthen the entire left side body
  • Exhale, place the left hand to the right shin (beginner) or the outside of the right foot (advanced) for Revolved Triangle Pose
  • Hold for 5 breaths
  • Inhale, use your core and reverse cartwheel the arms and lift the torso up
  • Exhale, pivot on the feet so that they are parallel and you are now facing the left side of the mat
  • Inhale, clasp you hands together behind your back and grow tall in the spine
  • Exhale, forward fold for Wide Legged Forward Bend
  • Hold for 5 breaths
  • Inhale, use your core and back to lift the torso up
  • Return to Downward-Facing Dog and repeat on the left side

Be well!–Becca