Did you stretch your arms up and over your head this morning after getting out of bed? Believe it or not if you did, you are already on the path to becoming a yogi, as have just performed a basic yoga pose! Although yoga contains multiple poses (some even with odd intimidating names). Have no fear, because Yoga is a lifelong pursuit giving you more than enough time to learn.
Yoga dates back to the ancient Buddhism and Byzantine era where it was used to connect with the spirit, communicate with the inner-self, and discover inner peace. This mind-body movement practice later spread to other various parts of the world, where it is practiced today by millions. (Because how could something so great for you be kept a secret?!?
Yoga attracts so many because of the multiple health benefits it offers; increased flexibility, mood improvement, stress reduction, added muscle strength, balance, alighment, and weight loss. (Just to name a few!) That is why we are giving you the 3 best beginner yoga poses (or asanas) to kickstart your journey down the path of connecting mind, body and soul! * Try out your newfound yogi poses in our ULTRA-soft custom knit leggings and high waisted yoga pants that stay put even when you go upside down for an inversion yoga headstand!
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
What may look like simply standing with your arms by your side, Mountain Pose is a beginning move that lays the foundation for future positions you are going to accomplish. It is the pose from which every other standing pose is born—so it is important you learn how to perform it correctly!
How To Perform Stand With your big toes touching and your heels slightly apart, root down through all four corners of your feet while lengthening your tailbone down towards the floor. Move your shoulders by pulling them down and back, which will broaden your collarbones. Relax your arms by your sides, and turn your palms to face forward. Take 2-3 big, soothing, deep breaths from your belly. Feel your thighs, knees, ankles, and abdomen strengthen with this simple, yet effective asana! Drop your chin to your chest relaxing your jaw and face for an increased stretch.
Benefits: Improves posture and strengthens your back.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
If your job involves sitting at a desk this may be the yoga pose for you! The Cobra Pose otherwise known as a “baby backbend” is a great basic pose to compensate for all of those hours hunched over your computer.
How To Perform Lie flat on your stomach, toes touching the yoga mat and soles of your feet facing up. Place your hands under your shoulders with your elbows touching the sides of your chest. Inhale, raise your head and chest for as much as your body allows. (Reminder to go at your own pace and comfort level.)
Benefits: Increases flexibility and stretches the spine. This asana also clears pathways in your lungs and heart, and can help with asthma and respiratory allergies. Decompress daily tension in your neck, shoulders and back. (Talk about relief!)
Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)
We are as happy as a baby practicing this asana! This is a pose is essential to add to your yogini routine.
How To Perform Start on your back with your knees in towards your chest. Grab a hold of the outer sides of your feet and flex them as you gently pull down. Lengthen your lower back down to the ground. Stay for one minute then releasing and bringing your knees towards your chest.
Benefits: Opens and loosens tight hip flexors. Stretches the inner groin and back of the spine. Helps relieve stress, tension, and fatigue.
You are now on your way to becoming a serious yogi! Remember, yoga is a way of life so there is plenty of time to “namaste” your way to better health and a clearer mind!