If you’re new to yoga, there are certain powers that are essential so you can feel comfortable going into class or doing by yourself without a teacher.
Usually when you start in a yoga class, you spend the majority of your time in there looking at what everyone else is doing trying to compare yourself to others to see if you're doing it right! This is why we suggest doing it at home at first to familiarise yourself with the practice.
These are a few beginner poses that will help get you to a place where you are comfortable enough to do it all by yourself.
1) TRY A DOWNWARD-FACING DOG
Most well known of all yoga poses, the Downward Facing Dog is a great stretch for your whole body.
Step 1) Start on all fours with your hands directly under your shoulders and knees under your hips.
Step 2) Spread your hands wide across your mat - Don't put too much pressure on your wrists.
Step 3) Lift your hips and press up and back, drawing your hips toward the sky. Straighten your legs and press your heels gently toward the floor. If you can't straighten your legs all the way, don't worry, it takes time.
Step 4) Relax your head between your arms, facing the back of the room with a flat back.
Step 5) Hold for upto 10 breaths and repeat.
2) TRY A MOUNTAIN POSE
It may look like you're just standing there but Mountain Pose is actually an active pose that helps improve posture, your balance, and calm focus for the day ahead.
Step 1) Stand with your toes as close as they can together.
Step 2) Place your weight evenly through both feet.
Step 3) Whilst engaging your core, tuck your hips under so your tailbone is pointing down.
Step 4) Then, just relax your shoulders and roll them back and down.
Step 5) Deep inhale and reach your arms overhead.
Step 6) Take long, slow, deep breaths.
Step 7) Hold for upto 10 breaths.
3) TRY A CRESCENT LUNGE
Great for your lower body, the crescent lunge stretches your groin, hip flexes and your legs of course!
Step 1) To start, take a big step forward with whatever foot you choose to start with in a staggered stance.
Step 2) Bend your front knee at a 90 degree angle and keep your back leg straight. Square your hips toward the front and keep your opposite heel lifted.
Step 3) Hands above head, extend your arms toward the sky and stretch up as you also press into the mat to feel a stretch
Step 4) Hold for upto 10 breaths and repeat on the other side.
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