Yoga seems like the answer to most of life’s problems. Muscle tension? Stretch it out. High stress levels? Learn to control your breathing. To non-yogis, yoga life captures all the traits we never quite mastered—like mindfulness and good posture—but trying to establish a yoga routine can be frustrating. The poses you see on social media, (crow, headstands, and standing splits), require patience and practice, and it’s easy to give up when you feel like you’re lagging behind the rest of the students in your class. That’s where your TRX Suspension Trainer comes in.
Yes, the TRX Suspension Trainer was created by a Navy SEAL with strength workouts in mind, but it’s also a helpful tool for yoga. Just ask fitness and public health guru Shauna Harrison.
Harrison has no shortage of yoga skills, and is frequently demonstrating complicated poses on her Instagram account. She’s also one of the leading advocates of TRX for yoga.
As a long-time TRX devotee, Harrison was already using her Suspension Trainer for traditional exercises when she realized she could use it to help with crow pose and headstands.”I kept playing around with it to figure out what else I could do for yoga and Pilates,” she said.
Soon after, she had a chance meeting with TRX Founder and CEO Randy Hetrick, and showed him some of the TRX for yoga moves she had developed. Hetrick was impressed and invited Harrison to work with the TRX team to develop more yoga exercises for the Suspension Trainer. What started as a few poses—headstand, backbends, Warrior II, and Dancer’s Pose—grew into a TRX for yoga program. Now there are multiple workouts using the Suspension Trainer to perfect yoga posts. “It’s really cool to see all the other things people have since added on,” Harrison said.
As for her favorite TRX for yoga exercises, Harrison has a soft spot in her heart for the poses she started with: the headstand, handstands, and backbends.
“Headstand was one of the first ones I made up that mapped really well to yoga off the TRX,” she explained. Beyond the parallels between the versions of the headstand, Harrison appreciates that the Suspension Trainer makes the headstand more accessible. “To watch people get a sense of what it’s like to be upside down, but not have as much fear because the TRX is supporting you; as an instructor, it’s such a cool thing to watch that 'aha' moment, and it happens so frequently with the TRX.”
Ready to start using your Suspension Trainer for your own yoga journey? Take Harrison’s advice and download the TRX app. Beyond that, she recommends that you begin by familiarizing yourself with the how the TRX Suspension Trainer is used in yoga. While you’re experimenting, don’t forget to tag @trxtraining and @shauna_harrison with your questions or comments. “I always tell people you can reach out to me, and I’ll try to answer questions," she said. Once you grasp the basics, the possibilities are limitless.