Halloween Yoga: 9 Poses for a Frightfully Good Time
Halloween is tomorrow and here at our yoga studio in Golden, we’re feeling it! Yoga and Halloween may not seem inherently connected, and yet you arch your back like a scared cat at the beginning of almost every yoga class when in marjaryasana. We couldn’t help but see the connection, and we wanted to dedicate this week’s blog to all things yoga and Halloween.
Take a look through the blog and see if you can add any of these yoga poses to your practice for a hauntingly good time this holiday. If you’re ready to leave your living room and instead try them at our yoga studio, then check out our yoga schedule and join us at the studio today!
First, let’s get started with a little breathwork, or pranayama. Lion’s breath is a type of breathwork we feel goes perfectly with many of these poses. You’ll feel like a strong monster just doing it!
Black Cat Pose (Marjaryasana)
Starting on all fours, round your spine toward the ceiling, much like a frightened black cat would. Tuck your chin toward your chest and feel your spine curl.
Cursed Pyramid Pose (Parsvottanasana)
Do you think pyramids are teeming with trapped, haunted pharaohs? Bring that energy to your yoga studio during pyramid pose, which gives an intense stretch to your hamstrings and shoulders.
Dead Corpse Pose (Savasana)
No yoga flow feels complete without savasana, which is Sanskrit for corpse pose! This aptly named yoga pose will let you surrender and become one with your mat — especially when you think about a corpse.
Eight-Legged Spider Pose
Our yoga studio came up with two variations for spider:
- Eight-Angle Pose (Astavakrasana): This intense arm balance will make you feel like a beautifully terrifying spider.
- Spider Pose: Typically seen in kids’ yoga classes, this pose requires you to come into goddess pose with your heels off the ground. Then, bring your hands to the ground and cross your wrists for a creepy-crawly good time.
Half-Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
It may not be a full moon, but we think any clear moon on a cool October night can be scary! When in a yoga studio for this pose, look toward the ceiling as if it were the moon for an added challenge and twist.
Haunted Forest Pose (Vriksasana)
Tree pose may not seem all that terrifying, but join the rest of your yoga class in swaying your arms and all of a sudden you’re a haunted forest!
Old Crow Pose (Bakasana)
Typically a sign of bad luck and even death, crows feel right at home around Halloween. Try this arm balance when you next visit our yoga studio!
Waking Zombie Pose (Dandasana)
Come into this pose by sitting with your feet together straight ahead of you. Raise your arms to be parallel to your legs, and now you’re a zombie waking up!
Walk the Plank Pose
Plank pose may be scary just because of what a good ab workout it is, but think about making your plank as even and strong as the plank on a pirate’s ship!