Yoga is great for all types of people, including teens. It’s an excellent way to stay healthy, strong and fit in a low-impact way. However, if you’re new to yoga, you may be wondering where to start. Fortunately, there are some beginner-friendly poses that will help get you comfortable with the basics of yoga while still reaping the amazing benefits.
Mountain Pose is the starting pose for many of the postures in yoga and looks like an ordinary standing posture. It’s important to stay mindful of your alignment during Mountain Pose as it will help you in more advanced poses. Start by standing with your feet together, arms at your sides and your spine straight. As you inhale, bring your arms up above your head, unlock your knees and slightly arch your back. Your palms should now be facing each other above your head. As you exhale, bring your hands down, straighten your legs and press the palms of your hands together in front of your heart.
Downward Facing Dog
Downward Facing Dog is a popular pose and can help relieve tension in the spine and shoulders. Start in a tabletop position, hands and knees on the ground. Keep your elbows slightly bent. As you exhale, slowly lift your hips toward the ceiling, putting your weight on your feet and hands.Pressing your palms and feet into the floor, straighten your arms and legs. Your gaze should be toward your toes and your head should be between your upper arms. Hold the posture for a few deep breaths and then slowly release.
Child’s Pose is a gentle pose that can be used to relax and reset the body. Start on your hands and knees, with your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. As you exhale, slowly lower your hips back toward your heels and lower your head to the floor. Your arms should be outstretched in front of you, palms resting on the floor. This is a restorative posture that should be held for at least a couple of minutes. When you’re ready, gently release and return to a tabletop position.
Warrior I is great for strengthening the legs and core and building balance. Start in Mountain Pose and step your right foot back about three feet. Bend your left knee and make sure it’s in line with your left ankle. Fully extend your arms overhead and press your palms together. Stretch chest and press your hips forward. Look forward with your gaze and keep your spine straight. Hold this posture for one minute and then switch legs.
Tree Pose is a really fun posture that helps to improve balance and focus. Start in Mountain Pose. Shift your weight onto your left foot and place your right foot on your