Do you sometimes feel like you could use an extra dose of relaxation in your life? Do you wish you could bring more balance to your body and mind but don’t know where to begin? Don’t worry – yoga can be a great way to get started.
This is one of the most basic yoga postures but don’t let the simplicity deceive you! Mountain pose can help to bring balance to your mind and your body by helping you ground and center yourself. Focus on keeping your feet rooted to the ground and holding a straight line from your head to your toes. It can be helpful to imaging yourself as a mountain – strong and stable.
This pose is great for stretching out your arms, shoulders, and spine. Don’t be too hard on yourself – it’s totally okay if you don’t manage to get your heels all the way to the ground in this pose! Focus on keeping your arms straight and trying to keep your hips as close to the ground as possible. Breath in and out slowly, and as you exhale, let all of your stress just melt away.
Cobra pose is a great way to open up your chest and shoulders as well as to strengthen your spine and lower back. Take your time in this pose, focusing on pushing your chest forward and keeping your hips pressed to the ground. Breath here and enjoy the release of all the tension in your back.
This pose is great for strength and flexibility – both of which are incredibly important in daily life. Focus on keeping your legs straight and your arms lifted. Feel the power of your legs pressing against the ground and your chest as you reach towards the sky.
Tree pose is a wonderful way to practice your balance and concentration. Gently place your hands on your hips and focus your gaze on a spot on the ground in front of you. As you take each breath, imagine yourself rising up from the ground, tall and strong like a tree.
Child’s pose is a great way to relax your whole body and to give your spine a break. Focus on relaxing your head and neck as your forehead rests on the ground. Breathe in and out slowly, allowing yourself to enter into a deep state of relaxation.