Yoga is conceived to be an “easier” form of exercise, but you realize it is not when you attend a yoga class online or at a yoga studio near you. Most people who attend a yoga class for the first time fall often, sweat, and sometimes even give up. Initially you might feel that yoga poses are boring and slow, but it is an intense practice that covers the entire body. This ancient practice improves flexibility, balance and strength. Some people think that you need to have all this before starting Yoga classes but that’s not true. No trainer will expect you to be able to perform the asanas perfectly. Yoga is all about pushing your limits. Attend Yoga classes at fitness studios in your city and 17 ithers with FITPASS.
Top Yoga Poses for Beginners
Tree Pose – Vrikshasana
This is your pose if you want to feel grounded as it strengthens your legs and back in addition to improving your body balance. It is basically supposed to make you stable like a tree.
- Stand straight and place your right foot as high on the left thigh as you can ensuring the sole of the foot is flat and placed firmly
- Try to stay in this position by keeping you left leg straight
- Inhale and raise your arms over your head till your palms meet
- Always keep your spine straight and breathe normally
- Exhale and bring you hand down and then let your leg drop too
- Do the same with the other leg
Chair pose – Kursi Asana
The chair pose is a powerful one that is good for the arms and legs muscles. If you want to improve your willpower and energize your body and mind, do this pose regularly.
- With your feet a little apart, stand straight
- Stretch your arms in front of you without bending elbows
- Inhale and let your knees drop as your pelvis goes back and down like sitting on a chair
- Keep your back straight and arms parallel to the ground. Make sure your knees don’t go past your toes
- Breathe deeply
Downward Facing Dog Pose – Adho Mukha Svanasana
This pose stretches one of the most important muscles in your legs – hamstrings – in addition to the chest. It also lengthens the spine and improves blood flow to the head.
- Start on all fours on a yoga mat with your arms a little forward than below your shoulders
- Lift your knees off the floor and straighten your legs. Keep your spine straight
- Bring your head inside so that your hips are raised outward
- Try to push your heels down into the ground for a good stretch but let your head hang loose
Triangle Pose – Trikonasana
Triangle pose stretches the torso and legs in addition to mobilizing the hips and promoting deep breathing.
- Place your feet wide apart with your right foot facing outward at 90 degrees
- Keeping the feet pressed to the group, let your weight be distributed equally on both legs
- Inhale and exhale while touching your right arm till it ouches the group while the left arms reaches straight up
- Don’t bend your waist and make sure that your body is directly bending sideways and not forward or backward
- Repeat on the other side
Child’s pose is for relaxing and letting go. It helps restore physical, mental, and emotional vitality. You can do this last or in between with your eyes closed while listening to your breath.
- Sit on your heels and place your hips on them
- Bend forward and lower you head toward the mat
- Bring your hands in front of you and stretch as much as you can
- Breathe deeply and hold for at least 30 seconds