Yoga is a great way to stay fit and relax your mind. It is an ancient practice that links the mind, body and soul. There are many different poses and each one has its own benefits. To help you get the most out of your yoga practice, we’ve compiled a list of 68 poses that look simple but will make a big impact. Here, we will discuss some of the poses, their benefits, and how to perfect them.
The Tree pose
The Tree Pose is a great way to open the hips and stretch the legs. It is also a great way to build balance and focus on alignment. To do the pose, begin in a standing position and lift one foot off the ground and rest it on the inner thigh of the other leg. The key is to keep the torso straight and press down with the grounded foot to keep balance. Aim to hold the pose for 15-20 seconds and then switch to the other side.
The Warrior pose
The Warrior pose is a great pose for strengthening the legs and building stamina. To do the pose, start in a standing position and then step forward with one foot. Bend the front knee and extend the back leg. Place the arms over your head and press the palms together. Keep the back foot pointing directly forward and bring the chest up. Gently engage the abdominals and press back on the standing foot. Stay in the pose for 20-30 seconds and then switch sides.
The Downward Dog pose
Downward Dog is a great pose for stretching and strengthening the whole body. To do the pose, start on your hands and knees and press your hands into the ground. Inhale and lift the tailbone and press the chest towards the thighs. Keep the knees slightly bent and press back into the heels while reaching forward with the chest. This will create space in the lower back and legs. Stay in the pose for 10-20 seconds and feel the stretch throughout the entire body.
The Cobra pose
The Cobra pose is great for stretching the back and opening the chest. To do the pose, begin on your stomach and place your hands on the floor beneath your shoulders. Press the tops of the feet and pubic bone into the ground and press the arms into the ground. Inhale and gently lift the chest off the ground and press down through the hands. Focus on the lower ribs and keep the tailbone pressing into the ground. Stay in the pose for 10-20 seconds and then repeat.
These poses are just a few of the many that are available in yoga. Don’t be afraid to explore new ones and discover the many benefits they can bring to your practice. Take time to observe what your body is telling you and listen! Yoga will help you build strength, flexibility and focus. Enjoy it and have fun!