Do you want to get fit? Do you love fitness and want to try some new poses? Maybe you just want to add a little variety to your fitness routine. Whatever your goals, yoga poses can help you reach them. And the best part? Yoga poses are easy to learn and don’t require any fancy or expensive equipment.
Chair Pose – Utkatasana
Chair Pose is a great starting point for any yoga routine. The pose strengthens the lower body, including legs, ankles, knees and core muscles. Start with your feet together and take a deep inhale and as you exhale, bend your knees, shifting your hips and weight back. Raise your arms straight up and keep your chest open. The final pose should look like you are sitting in an invisible chair. Hold the pose for about 10 breaths.
Warrior Pose – Virabhadrasana I
Warrior Pose is great for strengthening the body and improving balance. Begin in standing position and shift your weight onto one leg. Then, bend your other knee, bringing it out to the side and extending your arms out to the sides. Keep your torso centered as you hold the pose and breathe deeply. Hold for up to 1 minute. You can also try Warrior Pose with the arms raised above the head for an even bigger challenge.
Triangle Pose – Trikonasana
Triangle Pose is great for stretching the whole body and improving balance. Start standing with your feet wide apart, arms extended out to the sides. Then, lunge your left leg out to the side and extend your right arm up to the sky. Reach your left arm down to the ground and twist your torso, focusing your gaze on your top hand. Hold the pose for 30-60 seconds then repeat on the other side. Triangle Pose is a great way to improve strength, flexibility and balance.
Cobra Pose – Bhujangasana
Cobra Pose is great for improving flexibility and strengthening the back muscles. Start by lying on your stomach, arms at your sides. Then place your hands on the ground, slightly wider than your shoulders, and press your chest up off the ground. Focus on stretching your chest and opening your shoulders as you hold the pose. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can lift your legs off the ground as you press up. Hold the pose for up to 1 minute, inhaling and exhaling slowly.
Downward Dog – Adho Mukha Svanasana
This pose often used as a transition pose, but it’s great for stretching the back body, hips, calves and hamstrings. Start in a tabletop position with your hands and feet on the mat. On an inhale lift your hips into the air, pressing your chest toward your thighs. Focus on stretching your heels and arms and keep your shoulders away from your ears as you hold the pose. Keep your breath slow and even as you hold up to 1 minute.
Yoga poses can help you reach your fitness goals in no time. Incorporate these poses into your fitness routine and you’ll soon be feeling more fit, flexible and balanced. Namaste!