International Yoga Day: 5 Best Poses for Beginners
Stretch Out Those Muscles for a Sound Mind and Body
With the constant stresses of our daily grind, many of us find it hard to take a break and relax. This affects our minds and bodies.
Yoga has long been promoted as a practical means to achieve physical and mental well-being. Its benefits have been so well documented that even the United Nations has declared June 21st of each year as the International Day of Yoga. The global event seeks to promote awareness of the many benefits of practicing this ancient physical, mental, and spiritual practice.
First practiced in India some 5,000 years ago, yoga is said to improve the strength and flexibility of its practitioners, lessen their back and arthritic pains, and boost their heart health. Yoga is also said to improve mental health as it helps ease stress and improve sleep and relaxation.
Are you up for it? If you’re a yoga beginner, here are some simple poses you can try to get started on the practice.
- Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
To perform this pose, start with a plank pose. Push your hands and lift your hips up and back in the inhale. Straighten your legs with your heels working toward the floor. Make sure to keep some space between your heels and the floor. For beginners, pedal your feet a little to warm up your leg muscles. Also, don’t lean too far forward in this posture.
- Mountain pose (Tadasana)
Mastering this pose is important because it can serve as the base of other poses. Stand with your big toes barely touching and your feet slightly apart. Make sure your toes are parallel. Press into all four corners of your feet. This includes the big toe, little toe, and left and right side heel. You will feel how this engages your leg and keeps the muscles active. Take a deep breath and roll your shoulders up and back, releasing them down, so your shoulder blades are resting toward each other and your neck is long. Take a few deep breaths. The alignment in the mountain pose draws a straight line from the crown of your head to your heels, with the shoulders and pelvis stacked along the line.
- Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
To do this pose, start by exhaling and folding over your legs. If the hamstrings feel a little tight at first, bend the knees so that you can release your spine. Let your head hang heavy. Make sure to keep the legs gently bent with feet hip-width apart for better stability, then clasp opposite elbows with opposite hands while swaying gently side to side.
- Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
The tree pose may seem simple, but it will be a challenge to your balance. You can step out of the pose if you begin to feel yourself wobbling. One technique you can use is focusing your gaze on a spot on the floor and trying varying foot positions to see what works for you.
- Plank Pose
The plank is a balancing pose in yoga that develops your core strength. It helps you work on your stability and stamina. A good tip is to keep your hips and spine in a neutral position. Neutral hips and spine refer to the position of your hips and spine where they are in proper alignment and there is the least amount of stress placed upon them.
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