Advanced Yoga Poses For Flexibility

Do you think yoga is something reserved for spiritual thinkers and devout followers? Think again! Yoga asanas can be learned by anyone with some guidance and proper instruction. Sure, it takes time and effort to learn, but nothing about it is too complicated that you can’t learn it. Plus, it’s an awesome form of exercise that burns fat, builds muscle, and increases flexibility and balance. So if you’re ready to get started, here are the nine yoga asanas you should learn.

Child’s Pose

A person sitting in the Child's Pose yoga position

Child’s Pose is a resting pose that relieves stress from your back, legs, and arms. This pose helps open your hips, thighs, and ankles, and can be done in a seated position or with your legs stretched out behind you. It can also be done standing with the arms behind you and your torso bent forward, or in a kneeling position with your legs crossed.

Downward Dog

Downward Dog is one of the most beloved and recognized general poses. It is an excellent way to stretch and strengthen your arms, legs, and back. To do this pose stand with your feet slightly more than shoulder width apart. Reach your arms forward and press your palms into the ground. Then tuck your toes behind you and lift your hips to the ceiling. Be sure to keep your core engaged to protect your back.

Pigeon Pose

A person performing the Pigeon Pose yoga position

Pigeon Pose is an advanced yoga pose that is both challenging and satisfying. Begin in a lunge position with your front foot placed firmly in front of you, your back knee resting on the ground and your hips facing forward. Without putting too much pressure on your knee, lean forward until you feel a stretch in your hips and lower back. Hold this pose for 30 seconds to a minute before releasing.

Triangle Pose

A person performing the Triangle Pose yoga position

The triangle pose is a great way to open and stretch your hips, hamstrings and hips. To do the triangle pose begin standing with your feet about three and a half feet apart. Reach your arms out to the side, then slowly lower your torso until it is parallel to the floor. Make sure your back is straight and your legs are strong and engaged. Hold this pose for five breaths before slowly releasing.

Corpse Pose

A person performing the Corpse Pose yoga position

The corpse pose is an essential yoga pose, even if you’re a complete beginner. This pose is a great way to relieve stress and relax your body and mind. To do this pose, lay on your back and place your arms out to the side in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and let your body and mind relax for five to ten minutes. This pose is best done at the end of your yoga session.

Cobra Pose

9 Yoga Asanas For Beginners, Intermediate, & Advanced Stages