Simple Yoga Poses to Start Your Routine
Would you like to try some Yoga Poses to see if it's something that will really work for you? You don't want to buy that Yoga video, or sign up for that class unless you feel Yoga is something that will improve your health and enhance your quality of life. Let's look at a few simple poses and how to do them.
The Mountain Pose is one of the most basic of poses. It helps to improve posture and strengthen the thighs. Follow these steps. This is a standing pose, start with your big toes touching. Lift your toes off the floor and spread them out. If your ankles are knocking together, you can spread your heels apart slightly. Make sure your weight is on all four corners of both feet. Draw in your quadriceps upwards causing your kneecaps to rise. Then rotate the thighs in which widens your sit bones and then try tucking your tailbone in between the sit bones. Draw in your body; make sure your body is straight. Lengthen your neck and feel as your head rises to the ceiling and your shoulder bones relax. A beginner can do this pose up against the wall so you can actually feel your body getting into alignment. This Mountain Pose is a beginning of many other simple Asanas so it's important that you learn to do this one correctly.
The Awkward Chair Pose begins with the Mountain Pose. When you have achieved the Mountain Pose, bend your knees until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor. Keep that rear end low while bringing the arms up towards the ceiling. This should bring a slight bend in the upper back. Inhale and exhale deeply for five to ten breaths. A beginner can work on just bringing your thighs closer and closer to being parallel to the floor.
Another popular pose that is mentioned frequently is the Bridge Pose. This is classified as a back bend but don't let that scare you away. Lie on your back with your knees bent. Bring the soles of your feet parallel on your mat close to the buttocks. Now lift the hips to the ceiling. Lace the fingers behind your back and straighten your arms as you are pushing them down into the mat. Once you have done this, roll one shoulder and then the other. Try to lift your hips higher. Draw your chest toward the chin but don't move the chin towards your chest, keeping your feel parallel. Release your hands and then bring everything slowly back down until you are flat on the floor.
The Boat Pose is a seated posture technically called the Navasana. This pose will help build core and abdominal strength. Begin in a seated position and bring the legs up to a 45-degree angle. Your body will naturally fall back; allow it to do so without letting the spine collapse. This makes a "V" shape with your body. Bring out your arms straight in line with your shoulders. Be sure you are balancing on your sit bones. Beginners can bend their knees if necessary, this is called the Half Boat Pose.
Try these basic Yoga poses; I think you will find them easier than what you think and so rewarding!
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