Yoga is a practice that can be done at any age and in any setting. It’s a great way to relax, detoxify, get stronger and more flexible, and even help you sleep better. The goal of yoga is to relax your body while it stretches out all its muscles. You’ll reap these benefits as your body becomes more limber and less tense during class!
Stand in Mountain Pose, with your feet hip-width apart and parallel.
- Stand in Mountain Pose, with your feet hip-width apart and parallel.
- Make sure that your feet are facing forward.
- Keep your knees slightly bent so that you don’t overarch them too much; keep the toes of both feet pointing forward at about 45 degrees to each other (don’t let them point straight ahead).
- Stand tall with a strong core and shoulders back, relaxed hands at sides, arms by side—and just one foot on the floor! If this is too difficult for you, try doing it with both hands on something sturdy like a desk or countertop first until you get used to balancing there before attempting this pose with one leg only (see Step #3 below).
Bring your palms together at the center of your chest.
- Bring your palms together at the center of your chest.
- Cup your hands in front of you, and place them on top of one another so that they are facing each other with fingers pointing up and palms touching, but not pressed against each other (this can be done while standing up or sitting down). Your shoulders should be relaxed; if they’re tense or pulling away from the rest of your body, try relaxing them by taking a deep breath and letting it out slowly through pursed lips as if blowing out candles on a birthday cake!
Draw your shoulder blades down toward your tailbone to open up the heart area.
Yoga is a great way to relax, but it’s also a great way to get energy. The pose of Fish Pose is one example of this. It allows you to become more aware of your breath and the rhythm of your heart beat as well as open up the chest area by drawing down those shoulder blades towards the tailbone area; this will help with breathing more deeply into your body.
This pose allows for easy entry into meditation or even just general relaxation after an intense workout session at the gym or by yourself in front of Netflix! It’s simple enough for anyone who wants something simple yet effective that can be done anywhere at any time without any equipment needed except maybe some pillows if needed (which most people don’t).
Inhale as you sweep your arms out to the sides and up over your head, palm facing each other, stretching up as tall as you can.
- Inhale as you sweep your arms out to the sides and up over your head, palm facing each other, stretching up as tall as you can.
- Bend deeply at the hips and reach toward the sky with your shoulders back while keeping your spine long.
- As you reach higher in this pose, focus on extending through the crown of your head so that it touches or even brushes against the floor behind it (not just straight ahead). Move through this stretch by lifting from deep within yourself—don’t do it with force; instead feel what happens when you move naturally and fully engage all aspects of who I am here on earth: my body, mind, heart and spirit.*
Exhale as you bend your knees deeply and fold forward from the hips.
Exhale as you bend your knees deeply and fold forward from the hips. Relax your neck and shoulders, letting them hang down toward each other at a natural angle. Let your head hang down gently so that it is resting on top of your chest; if this is not comfortable, use a bolster or block under it to increase its height. Let arms rest by sides, palms facing up (or down).
Feel the stretch in hamstrings and lower back as you hold this pose for several breaths before moving on to other variations of Tree Pose or Forward Bend (pada hastasana)
Now that you’ve learned the basics of yoga and are ready to move on to more advanced poses, it’s time to practice them.
To begin with, stay in a kneeling position on your mat with both knees bent and both hands on the floor next to your hips (or elbows if they’re close enough). Breathe deeply and slowly through your nose as you hold this pose for 10 breaths. Try not to slouch or lean too far forward; keep both shoulders relaxed and try not as well though if possible without hurting yourself!
We hope you enjoyed this beginner’s guide to yoga and that it helps you to begin your journey as a student. There are so many other types of yoga that you can try, but this one is perfect for beginners. As we said before, the most important thing is to get started!