There is no question about the fact that yoga is beneficial to your body physically, mentally and emotionally. The practice is so beneficial that many experts are recommending it for many purposes. However, before you pack your bags and head over to a yoga vacation, you need to learn some of the basic moves of the art. These include the 5 Yoga Poses for Beginners below:
The mountain pose – This is a very basic move. To get to this position, stand firm with your feet together and your shoulders relaxed. Your arms should be at your sides and your weight evenly distrusted on your soles. Raise your hands overhead as you take a deep breath. Your arms should be straight and palms facing each other. Try to reach up to the sky with the fingers and breathe throughout the pose.
Warrior – To move on to this pose, stand with your legs four feet apart. Turn your right leg 90 degrees and slightly turn your left foot in. relax your shoulders as you bring the hands to your hips. Then extend your arms with your palms facing down. Keep your knee over ankle as your bend it 90 degrees. Remain here for a minute and the switch to the other side.
Downward dog – To perform this pose, begin on all fours, with your arms directly under your shoulders with the knees under the hips. Spread your fingers wide as you walk your hands a few inches forward. Press the palms on the mat. Press your hips towards the ceiling as you curl your toes under, and then bring the body into an inverted V-shape. The shoulders should be away from the ears, and knees bent slightly. Hold for three breaths.
Bridge pose – This pose stretches your thighs, chest and extends your spine. Lie on your floor with the knees bent directly over your heels. Put your arms at sides, palms facing downwards. Breathe out and press your feet into the floor as you lift the hips. Bring the hand together under your lower back and press the arms down as you lift the hips so that your thighs are parallel to the floor. Bring your chest towards your chin.
Tree pose – For this pose, you need to stand with your hands at each side. Shift your weight to the left leg and put your right foot’s sole inside your left thigh while the hips face forward. Find your balance as you bring the arms to a prayer position.