Winter Olympics Yoga PosesThank you to Daily Cup of Yoga for featuring this article.

The Winter Olympics is here! Over the next few weeks, millions of people will tune in from all over the world to watch elite athletes try their best and go for the gold. Have some family fun with these Winter Olympics inspired yoga poses.

First, warm up your body from the inside with an Olympic breathing exercise. Athletes need to have a strong breath to compete at this level. Since it is the Winter Olympics, you need to breathe in deeply and raise your arms above your head in the shape of an O. Then, lower your arms and exhale strongly as if you are trying to see your breath in this winter weather. Repeat several times.

Now that your bodies are good and warm, it is time for snowboarding. Move into Warrior 2 Pose with your feet wide apart. Bend your front knee and extend your arms so they are parallel to the ground. For an extra challenge try to complete a 180-degree turn.  Jump midair in this position as you switch lead legs. Try to have some “hang time!

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