Mar 7, 2015

4 Yoga Poses For Beginners


By Jaryd Jordy

Below are 5 idiot-proof poses you can do in the comforts of your room right now. And if you feel you're ready by the end of this list, we encourage to have your first real yoga practice.

Here are 5 fool-proof exercises you may do in the comfort of your home starting today. And when you feel you can start, when finishing this list, we support you to take your initial real yoga lessons.

1. Tadasana or The Mountain Position

1. Mountain Posture or Tadasana

Yoga is developed to build your consciousness and to become stronger and more flexible. It is much about muscle sensation and body awareness while performing your exercises, Even the basic pose of yoga, Mountain Pose, will give its own unique challenges. In the big picture of yoga, the goal of the pose is to plant your feet steadily on the ground hip width apart, with your leg and upper body muscles relaxed without tension and your hips alligned with your bottom and shoulderblades, without any tension in the neck.

Warrior I is a low lunge pose, with your legs positioned forward toward the edge of the mat. Keep your left foot flat, toes facing forward, and inhale as you bring your chest up, with arms raised to the ceiling.

2. Warrior I Posture or Virbhadrasana I

Warrior I is a similar to lunge posture, you position your both legs in front towards the border of the yoga mat. You have to maintain a flat foot on the ground and your toes should be pointing forward, ahead of you. Take a deep breath while lifting your upper body up, point with your arms ahead of your head. Key is to hold a 90-degree position with your foot that is placed on the ground, ensure that you engage you center muscles totally.

3. Adho Mukha Svanasana or The Downward Faced Dog Position

Easily one of yoga's most famous poses, start by placing both hands firmly on the front of your mat, palms down, fingers out-be sure to keep them half a foot forward from your shoulders. Keep your knees below your hips and lift them away from the floor as you exhale, raising your hips and rear toward the ceiling. Stretch out your thighs and try to touch your heels to the floor-beginners will encounter resistance here, but that's perfectly fine. Be sure to keep your head aligned with your arms, and not hanging down.

Although a perfect downward-facing dog takes time to master, beginners can focus on keeping their backs straight while holding the pose-the key is to keep a straight spine. And don't forget to breathe!

In reality, for performing an excellent down dog, you will need a longer period to master this pose. Starters may concentrate on holding the back right-angled when maintaining this position - the main thing is to maintain your spine without curving it. You may not forget to breath deeply!

Child's pose is a restorative pose, one you'll be turning to when you need a break in the middle of practice. It's a healing pose, drawing inspiration from the fetal position. If you're coming from downward-facing dog, just bend your knees and lower your buttocks as your chest descends to the floor over your knees.

Bring your shoulders and head down to the floor, with your arms stretched out forward along your sides, hands and fingers outstretched. Focus on your breathing and relax, taking time to feel your back stretched out.

Relax your head and shoulders and slightly lower them towards the ground. Straighten both arms and stretch handpalms and fingertips completely. Try to focus on proper and deep breathing. Lose tension in your back.

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