Yoga is a form of exercise and meditation that has been practiced for centuries, and is now practiced worldwide. With its physical and mental benefits, it is easy to see why so many people love to practice yoga. Judith Hanson Lasater’s book “30 Essential Yoga Poses” is a great guide for those who want to get into yoga, as it gives detailed descriptions of the poses and their benefits.
Mountain pose, known as “tadasana” in Sanskrit, is one of the most basic yoga poses and is the foundation of all standing poses. It is used as a starting point for beginning a yoga session. To get into mountain pose, simply stand up straight with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Make sure to keep your weight evenly distributed between both feet. Tadasana is a great pose for incorporating both physical and mental poise.
Warrior II, or “virabhadrasana II,” is a great yoga pose for strengthening the legs and hips while bringing steadiness and grounding to the body. To do warrior II, stand with your feet hip-distance apart and then point one foot outward and turn the other thigh inward. Bend your front knee as you keep your back leg straight. Reach both arms into a “T” position and then extend them outward. Make sure to look forward and sink your hips low as you hold the pose.
Camel pose, or “ustrasana,” is a deep backbend that can open up the chest and hips. To practice this pose stand on your knees with your feet hip-distance apart. Place your hands on either side of your hip with the palm facing down, and then begin to roll your shoulders back and down. Lean back, and when your body is ready, reach your right arm back and then your left, grabbing onto the tops of your feet with both hands. Hold the pose for three to five breaths before releasing and coming back to standing.
These are just a few of the essential yoga poses included in Judith Hanson Lasater’s book. With 30 poses in total, the book offers a complete guide to practicing yoga and getting the most out of its benefits. Whether you’re a beginner who’s just starting out or someone looking to refine your practice, “30 Essential Yoga Poses” will help you get the most out of your yoga practice.