Day 6 of my yoga tour. It feels great! Yoga has been refreshing for me and I absolutely enjoy every second of it.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” -The Bhagavad Gita
The crazy thing is, I have never had a consistent plan. No idea why not since I’m such a fan. This is honestly the first time I’ve enjoyed a routine. I can already tell the difference from day 1. My breathing is more relaxed, I feel more comfortable and my stability is getting better with each pose. If you are just getting into yoga, working with the basics is best.
Beginner poses are easy to start with and will help you ease into longer workouts. Check out these 6 beginner yoga poses that you will soon master.
-Stand with your feet together, arms by your side. Inhale and raise your arms up above your head with your palms facing each other. Exhale as you lower your arms down by your side.
Mountain Pose stretches your body from head to toe to relieve stress and improve posture. The pose will strengthen the muscles in your legs and thighs and aid in steady breathing.
Stand straight with your feet together and your hands by your side. Inhale and raise your hands above your head and press your palms together. Exhale and raise your right leg, placing your foot on your inner thigh. Hold for a few steady breathes. Repeat with your left leg.
This pose helps to stretch out your body and improve your stability, balance and overall flexibility.
Upward Facing Dog
Exhale as you lay flat on your stomach. Inhale and push your chest up with your hands and walk your hands backwards till your arms are perpendicular to the ground (if this feels uncomfortable, try the similar, Cobra Pose). Lift your stomach up and arch your back while keeping your legs and thighs on the ground. With your arms straight, look up towards to sky and hold with consistent and calm breathing.
The Upward Facing Dog and Cobra Pose improve upper body strength and relieving stress. These poses also stretch out your upper body to relieve tightness in your back.
-Start in Staff Pose. Bend your legs in towards your torso and sit cross legged with your shoulders relaxed. Lift your arms and rest them on your knees with your palms facing up.
Easy pose helps to clear and free your mind and aid in relaxed breathing.
From standing, bend your legs and sit on your heels. Stretch your arms straight out and lean over your knees with you palms touching the ground. Relax and breathe steadily in this position for as long as you need.
This pose aids in relaxation and helps to stretch your back out. If you are ever feeling tired, take time to relax and get yourself into Child’s Pose.
Shavasana or Corpse Pose
Easily relax with this pose. Lay flat on your back with your legs separated. Let your feet and arms relax and fall open against the ground. Face your palms up. Steady your breathing as you lay relaxed and clear your mind. Stay a long as you need to.
Shavasana guides your mind into a relaxed state and encourages you to clear your mind. This pose helps to reduce blood pressure, fatigue and headaches.
These poses were a few of the first in my beginning sessions when I started my yoga tour and as a beginner. I never really knew much about yoga and I didn’t know what to expect or even if it really works but right off the bat you can tell these help to stretch your body out. It’s relaxing! Rather you are a beginner or you are more of a master at this art, these poses will be helpful and worthy of any yoga routine.