Influencer Karla Tafra Gets You Out of Your Comfort Zone this Season
Baby, it’s cold outside. This November, let’s take a break from the holiday baking and cooking and start moving. Staying cozy and bundled is comforting, but why not step outside of our comfort zone this year? Yoga phenomenon and social influencer Karla Tafra gives us insight on how to beat the winter blues and warm up another way this season.
Originally from Zagreb, Croatia, Karla is a popular influencer in our community. Pursuing her many passions of influencing, nutrition, yoga and writing, Karla is most known for her yoga-inspiredInstagramm, @karlatafra.
“Yoga changed my life. People always think they need to be at a certain age or level of flexibility to start, but they couldn’t be more wrong,” she says.
Dancer’s Pose (Natarajasana)
From standing, lift your left hand toward the sky and reach with your right hand behind you. Bend your right knee, and grab your ankle from the inside without twisting your wrist. Inhale and kick into your hand while at the same time extending your left arm in front of you, reaching far ahead. Keep on kicking and reaching, lowering your torso while getting deeper into the pose. When you’ve reached your flexibility maximum, be still for a moment before slowly getting out of the pose the same way you entered it. Repeat on the second side.
Upward Plank (Purvottanasana)
Come into a seat, legs extended in front of you, hands by your sides. Keep your back straight, and place your elbows on the floor behind you. Use the position of your elbows as the measure on where to place your palms; replace your foundation by doing so and lift up your hips on the next inhale—legs straight in front of you, feet pointed. You can drop your head if it’s OK for your neck, or simply gaze up, neck extended. After a couple of breath cycles, slowly lower your hips down toward the floor.
Wild Thing (Camatkarasana)
From plank, place your left hand to center and shift onto your left leg into a side plank. Right away, step with your right leg behind you and lift up your hips as if you were flipping your dog. Reach with your right hand toward the floor, and enjoy the gorgeous backbend shape your body is making. Slowly find your way back into your plank, and repeat on the second side.
Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
You can enter a Downward Dog from so many poses, but the principal one is the counterpart to upward-facing dog. Going through Sun Salutation A and B requires a vinyasa sequence, which takes you through a series of poses starting from standing, forward folding, stepping into plank, lowering into Chaturanga, inhaling into Upward Dog and exhaling into Downward Dog. Push your hips up and back, extending your legs and reaching with your heels toward the floor, while at the same time pushing your whole body through your hands. Press your palms firmly into the floor, and keep your shoulders away from your ears. Enjoy the sensation of stretching your spine.
Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
Lying on the floor, bend your knees and place your feet down, heels close to your sitting bones. Reach with your palms under your shoulders, and on the next inhale, lift your hips up toward the sky. Keep on pushing your chest through your arms, and relax your head. Breathe deeply, and keep on lifting your hips with every inhale. Slowly lower your hips down to the floor, chin to chest, to exit the pose.