Yoga is an incredibly beneficial exercise and has become increasingly popular with people of all ages. While all types of yoga offer countless rewards, it’s important to be mindful of the body you have and the movements that are best for you. Yoga poses go from easy, novices poses all the way to postures that have been practiced for millennia. As you start your journey on the path to enlightenment, here are some poses to consider.
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This pose is a great choice for those just starting their yoga journey as it is fairly simple and straightforward. It helps to improve balance while providing a deep opening of the hips. Pay attention to your spine and shoulders while performing the pose and be sure to keep your knees in line with the hips.
Standing Forward Bend
This classic yoga pose does double duty when it comes to benefit. It provides a stretch for the spine as well as for the hamstrings, calves, and hips. When done correctly, the Standing Forward Bend also helps to release stress from the entire body. Be sure to keep your knees bent and your spine long when performing this pose.
This pose is a fun and challenging way to build upper body strength and flexibility. It also helps to improve balance, focus and mental clarity. Be sure to keep your shoulders away from your ears as you press your forearms into the ground. If this is too challenging, you can rest your forearms on a block to make it easier.
Supported Chair Pose
This chair pose variation is a great way to strengthen the core while opening up the chest and improving posture. Keep your knees bent, tuck your tailbone and draw your abdominals in as you reach your arms overhead. You can stay in the pose for a few breaths, or if you would like a challenge, you can stay in the pose for longer.
Bound Angle Pose
This pose is great for a number of issues including digestive problems, lower back pain and fatigue. It stretches and strengthens the inner thighs, hips and groins. Sit up on a folded blanket to make sure you can sit with your spine erect. Be sure to keep your chest lifted and your back straight as you keep your knees close together.
Yoga is an excellent practice for maintaining physical and mental health, and these poses are just the beginning. As your practice continues, you will discover more poses and postures that are suitable and beneficial for your body. As you practice, remember to focus on your breath, stay present in the moment and move with mindful intention.