Yoga is currently going through a period of popularity. Even if you have never tried yoga, it is likely that you know someone who has taken a lesson or tried out some poses at home.
In addition to benefiting your strength and physical health, yoga can also help your mental health, and be used as a relaxation technique. If you have no time to attend your local yoga class, finding a few minutes a day to try these beginners yoga poses could benefit you more than you may think.
Here are five yoga poses for beginners to try out:
- Sitting Pose
A basic pose: you simply sit cross-legged, and rest your hands on your knees. Keep your back straight as you sit up, and combine with simple breathing techniques. Perfect for posture and relaxation.
- Tree Stand
A standing position: lift your left foot up, bend at the knee and place on your right thigh. Once you have comfortably maintained your balance, raise both arms up and hold your position. This pose will help balance, and can also relax your mind as you focus on staying in position.
- Boat Pose
This pose will help those who want better abs: sitting on the floor with your back straight and your legs in front, bend your knees and lift your legs to a 45 degree angle. If you are comfortable with this position, slowly stretch out your legs and arms in front of you, and hold the position whilst concentrating on your balance.
- Downward Dog
A pose for those looking to strengthen their arms and legs: beginning on your hands and knees, keep your hands on the floor and slowly rise to your feet, so you are in an upside-down V position. When you are comfortable, try to maintain a straight spine and push down on your hands. Breathe in and out deeply as you maintain this position.
- Child’s Pose
A perfect end to a yoga session: simply kneel down, bend at the waist and lay forward, resting your stomach on your legs and your forehead on the floor. Close your eyes and lay your arms out in front of you. This relaxing pose will relax your muscles, and calm you after a session.
It is recommended that you stay in these poses for approximately three minutes as a beginner, and increase this time as you continue to practise. Do not strain yourself into pain whilst posing.
Are there any yoga poses that you recommend? Do any of the poses in this list appeal more than others? Let me know your thoughts!
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