For many of us, the joy of yoga is to chill and be one with the environment around us. This can be difficult for some beginners, but with simple direction, you can learn what you need to do and enjoy the intimacy of yoga. One way you can learn and keep up with the different poses is to become familiar with the names of each one. Below are some of the more common yoga poses to help you along your journey.
Child’s pose is one of the more commonly practiced poses. It relieves stress and tension and focuses on both calming and grounding your body. To move into Child’s Pose, begin by kneeling on the floor and your feet together behind you. Curl your toes under and slowly move your buttocks towards your heels. Allow your torso to rest on your thighs and draw your arms alongside of your body with palms facing up. Remain in this pose for up to five minutes before slowly coming out of it.
Mountain Pose is the base pose used in many other poses. It’s actually practised similarly to how we stand every day. When getting ready to move into Mountain Pose, start by standing straight and focusing on the connection between your body and the ground. Make sure your toes are pressing firmly into the ground and move your weight evenly across the four corners of both of your feet (your heel, the mound of your big toe, the mound of your little toe, and the ball of your foot). Lift and spread your toes and then drop them back down. Lift your chest and roll your shoulders back. Allow your arms to fall beside your body and your palms to face inward. Take five deep breaths so that you can relax and feel comfortable in the pose for several minutes before transitioning into another.
Downward Facing Dog
Downward Facing Dog is another incredibly popular yoga pose. This pose involves putting your body in an inverted “V” shape. For this pose, begin on all fours and then tuck your toes and lift your hips up and back. Your hands should remain shoulder-width apart. Your legs should be extended in a straight line and your feet should be flexed so that the toes are pressing into the ground. Keep your head in line with your arms and remain in this pose for up to five minutes.
The Warrior I pose places emphasis on stability, strength and flexibility. To move into Warrior I, begin in Mountain Pose and then take a large step back with your left foot. Press the inside edge of your left foot into the ground and move into a lunge position with your right knee bent. Raise your arms up to the sky and begin to press your hips forward. Ensure that your right knee is in line with your right ankle and allow your head to be in line with your arms. Remain in this pose for up to a minute before transitioning into another.
Tree Pose is a fairly simple and yet incredibly rewarding pose. To enter Tree Pose, stand straight and focus on grounding your feet firmly into the ground. Balance yourself and press your left foot against the inner thigh of your right leg. Ensure your left foot is parallel to the ground and then raise your arms up to the sky. As you deepen into the pose, breathe slowly and deeply. Remain in this pose for up