5 Essential Yoga Poses for Beginners
New to yoga? Wanting to start but don’t know where to start and what to expect? Let us guide you through the essence of yoga and the beauty of postures for ultimate spiritual satisfaction, physical health and peace of mind.
Getting started can be a bit intimidating for newbies, but starting off with simple and short yoga workout routines can be of great help. So ease yourself into yoga with these 5 simple and essential yoga poses for beginners. Here you go!
Yoga Poses for Beginners
1. Easy Pose
1. As the name suggests, this is a great pose for beginners. Sit cross-legged on a yoga mat with your hand on your knees, palms up.
2. Keep your spine as straight as you can. Push the bones you’re sitting on down into the floor.
3. Close your eyes, relax and inhale.
Benefits: Just by sitting on the floor, you’ll feel the external rotation on the legs. Easy Pose helps boost back flexibility and can help relieve stress.
2. Downward Dog Pose
1. The all-time favorite posture! Get on all fours with hands and knees shoulder-and-hips-width apart.
2. Walk your hands forward and spread your fingers wide for stability.
3. Curl your toes under and carefully press your hips upward so your body looks like an inverted V with your knees slightly bent.
You can get a stronger stretch by keeping your heels on the floor. Keep pressing your heels down.
Benefits: This pose encourages full-body circulation and is a great stretch for calves and heels.
3. Child’s Pose
1. This is the most healing of all yoga postures. Sit upright comfortably on your heels.
2. Roll your torso forward and bring your forehead to rest on the ground in front of you.
3. Extending your arms forward, lower your chest to your knees as close as you comfortably can. Hold the pose and breathe into your torso. Exhale and release to get deeper into your fold.
Benefits: This asana lets you relax and breathe into your back; stretches the hips, thighs, and ankles; and relieves back and neck pain.
4. Corpse Pose
1. Absorb the benefits of the pose just by lying flat on your back. Lie on your back with your arms by your sides.
2. Let your feet roll out, and gently close your eyes. Think about relaxing every part of your body, from the top of your head to your toes.
3. Relax and breathe here for as long as you like.
Benefits: Feel refreshed and energized with Corpse Pose and reap its many benefits.
5. Tree Pose
1. Improve your balance with Tree Pose. Start by standing straight on your feet. Bring your hands together in the prayer position and lift them over your head.
2. Shift your weight onto your left leg. Keeping your hips facing forward, place the sole of your right foot inside your left thigh and find your balance.
3. Repeat on the other side.
Benefits: The Tree Pose is a transitional posture that eases you from one balancing pose to the next. It helps to build balance and strength, especially in the hips, ankles, and feet.
Any good yoga routine starts with one or two breathing exercises to help get you focused for your yoga regimen. Yoga isn’t just about stretching your body and pushing your limits. There are many great reasons to add yoga into your workout routine. Try these few beginner yoga asanas and get started now!