3 Amazing Beginner Yoga Poses

Beginner Yoga Pose

Starting a personal yoga practice is one of the greatest steps you can take in life to advance yourself personally and spiritually, and in this article I am going to get you started by teaching you some great beginner yoga poses. The postures I will explain below can be done by anyone regardless of age or level of experience, and they work on some very important aspects of your body. In fact, these poses are so key to yoga and beneficial to the body, that yoga recommends these exercises by done every single day.

Beginner Yoga Pose #1:

Forward Bending Yoga Posture

A. How to Do Forward Bend:

– Sit with both legs extended straight in front of you. Keep them parallel and together.
– Next, reach forward and hold onto your legs as far down as possible without bending the knees.
– If you can hold your toes that’s great, if not, just reach as far down as you can.
– Ensure you are bending from the waist and keep the back as straight as possible. Try to bring the forehead to the knees if possible.
– Hold for 1 to 5 minutes, while doing long deep breathing.

B. Benefits:

– Bestows health and longevity. Also promotes spontaneous healing.
– Good for your nervous and digestive systems
– Improves flexibility in the back, hamstrings, calves and hips.

C. Tips for Beginners:

– As with all yoga, do not overstretch or over strain as you do this pose. Specially if you are a beginners, just reach as far down and possible. Slowly over time your flexibility will improve.
– Remember is is more important to keep your legs straight and not bend your knees, than it is to reach your toes.

Beginner Yoga Pose #2:

Butterfly Pose:

A. How to Do Butterfly Pose:

– Sit up and bring the soles of your feet together in front of you.
– Next, hold onto your toes and gently pull your heels in towards you.
– Keeping your back straight, lean forward from the waist as far as comfortable.
– You should feel a good stretch in your groin.
– Hold for 1 to 5 minutes while doing long deep breathing.

B. Benefits:

– Improves flexibility in the hips and groin.

C. Tips for Beginners:

– You can bounce your knees up and down like the wings of a butterfly as you hold your toes. Beginners should be careful and proceed slowly and gently.

Beginner Yoga Exercise #3:

Cat Cow Yoga Exercise:

A. How to do Cat Cow Yoga:

– Come onto the floor on all fours.
– Now bring your head up, while at the same time pushing your stomach down. This is cow posture. So you are arching your back down. Inhale.
– Next bring your head down and your chin towards your chest as you arch your back up like a cat. Exhale.
– Start to move gently from cow posture to cat position. Beginners should only move at a slow gentle pace, later you can move faster and with more vigor.
– Continue for 1 to 5 minutes.

B. Benefits:

– Good for your arms and very good for your back and spine.
– Benefits your digestive system.
– Promotes emotional balance.

C. Tips for Beginners:

– You can also hold each position, instead of moving back and forth between them.

Summary of Beginner’s Yoga Poses:

I am sure once you start your yoga practice you will be hooked. The great thing about yoga is that you can practice it all your life, and it is never too late to start. The most important advise I give to beginners is to go slow with their practice. Yoga works on many different levels of your being, and increases your energy quite dramatically, so you want to develop your body to be able to handle all this extra energy that is going to be unleashed by yoga. The beginner yoga poses above are a great place to start and I wish you the very best with your practice.

Anmol Mehta is a modern Yoga & Meditation master. He is the founder and author of the largest free yoga and meditation website on the web, where you can learn more great Beginner Yoga Poses.

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