Yoga is a form of exercise that concentrates on flexibility and strength. With that being said, it’s not as easy as it looks. There are many types and levels of yoga, and it’s easy to get confused amongst all of the different types! However, it’s best to start with the basics. We have 5 basic yoga poses just for you!
If you watch some yoga classes/watch some yoga videos on YouTube, you’ve heard of this before. Mountain Pose is fairly easy to start with. To begin, stand hip-width apart with your arms at your sides. Align your spine using deep and concentrated breaths, and reach up to the sky with your arms. Mountain Pose improves your posture as well! It’s also common to have “praying hands” while standing in Mountain Pose.
Downward Dog is a famous pose that Jillian Michael’s and Bob Harper (Biggest Loser Trainers) use in their fitness videos in their yoga flow. To start, put your hands and feet flat on the ground with your legs standing straight. Your hands should be directly under your hips. Your body should be in a “v” position, pressing your hips into the ground. Hold for 2 breaths!
Warrior is a fun pose to do. First, start with your feet 3-4 feet apart, turning your right foot out in a 90 degree angle. Your left foot should be slightly turned. Bend your right knee forward and spread your arms wide facing forward. Switch sides after you hold it for 3 breaths!
The Cobra Pose is a relaxing pose, stretching your back and your arms. Start by lying down on your stomach with your arms at your sides. Put your hands under your shoulders and extend your legs on the floor. Arch your back and press your hands into your mat. Pull your hips under and squeeze your glutes together. Hold for 4 breaths!
This pose is another classic pose in yoga. It’s usually done in the beginning of a class or towards the end to stretch your arms and back. To begin, sit on your heels facing forward. Stretch your arms and your back, putting your forehead on your mat. If you can, lower your chest to the mat and hold the pose and take 2 breaths.
These poses are the basics to get you to learn some yoga! While there are some other complicated poses, starting with the basics is the best thing you can do if you want to learn more or are looking for a great stretch.