If you had to choose your five favorite yoga poses, don’t worry– it would be impossible to pick just five! That said, with yoga’s amazing range of options, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned yogi. Below are a few yoga poses to help stretch and strengthen your body.
Extended Child’s Pose
This pose stretches your spine, shoulders, and hips. To get in to the pose, kneel on the floor and sit on your heels. Reach your arms forward and lower your upper body down to the floor. Rest your forehead on the floor or on a pillow or yoga block and relax your shoulders. Stay here for as long as you need, taking deep breaths and feeling your muscles relax.
Warrior II Pose
This pose is great for strengthening and stretching the legs, ankles, and upper body– plus, it increases your endurance. To get in to this pose, stand with your legs wide apart. Turn your right foot out, and your left foot in slightly. Lift your arms out to the sides and firm your shoulder blades against your back. Keep your arms in line with your shoulders. Bend your right knee so it’s in line with your ankle, with your thigh parallel to the floor.
Strengthen your legs and improve your posture by getting in to this pose. Stand with your feet together and arms at your side. Roll your shoulders back and down, and lift your chest. Reach your arms up and press your palms together. Feel your spine lengthen and the top of your head stretch. Breathe deeply throughout the pose.
Downward Facing Dog
This pose is great for stretching your spine and strengthening your arms and legs. To get in to this pose, start on your hands and knees. Place your hands slightly in front of your shoulders and stretch your legs back, lengthening your spine. Spread your fingers and curl your toes under. Push your hands into the ground and lift your knees away from the floor. Relax your shoulders and neck, and let your head hang down. Enjoy this pose for as long as you need.
This fun balancing pose will help keep you strong and flexible. Start with your feet together. Shift your weight to your left leg and bend your right knee. Reach your right foot up and place it on your left thigh. Raise your arms in a T position and focus your eyes on a spot on the floor. Hold the pose and breathe deeply. Switch to the other side when you’ve had enough.
There you have it– a few beginner friendly yoga poses that will help