Beginner Yoga Poses
Beginner Yoga poses are the core of Yoga practice and are the best way to start your Yoga journey! You might feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of Yoga poses and types of Yoga out there, but to start with you should only focus on the basics and then gradually move on to the more challenging poses as you gain more flexibility and experience. Beginner Yoga poses are easy to perform and do not require any special Yoga equipment or previous Yoga experience. All you need to watch out for is correct breathing technique and correct movement during the poses (scroll down for some examples of beginner yoga poses).
Beginner Yoga poses – recommended DVDs:
If you would like to try these poses at home, here are some recommendations for the best DVDs for beginners:
This DVD is a great introduction to Yoga for beginners. It helps you to understand the basics of Yoga, explore and experience the numerous health benefits of Yoga and with 8 different routines it gives you a lot to work with. These routines will help to build your body strength, increase flexibility and improve your overall health.
This set contains three different DVD – Yoga for stress relieve, Yoga for beginners and Yoga for inflexible people, all of which are suitable for beginners. This DVD set gives you more flexibility and diversity in your Yoga practice and enables you to move on to more challenging poses once you have mastered the basics. The workouts range between 15 – 60 minutes, so you can choose the preferred length of your workout.
Beginner Yoga poses – The basics
Downward Facing Dog
This is one of the most frequent used poses, sometimes used as a transition between different poses. Begin with your hand and knees on the floor, like in cat-cow pose. Stretch your elbows and push your shoulder blades together. Exhale and lift your knees of the ground, push your bottom up. Your arms and back form a straight line and your body forms a reverted V shape against the ground. Straighten your legs and keep on pushing your back towards the ground, keeping straight line with your hands. This position will stretch your spine, whole back and your legs at the same time. Do not forget to breath correctly, keeping this position for few minutes. Once you have finished, bend your knees and come to child’s position.
This is a very simple pose great for stretching your spine. Get down on all four and place your hands under your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Begin with the cow pose – push your back towards the ground, creating an arch and keep your head up, looking towards the ceiling. Stay here for few breaths and then roll the spine up again and push your head down.
Yoga Lotus Pose
Lotus Pose is the pose most often associate with Yoga. You begin by sitting in a simple cross-legged pose and by clasping your left foot with both hand, you will bring it on to the right thigh. Do the same with right foot, placing it on to the left thigh. Please your hands on your knees, palms of your hands are facing upwards and concentrate on your breathing.
Yoga Tree Pose
Begin standing on the mat, your feet are hip width apart. Exhale and place your left foot on the inside part of your right leg, close to the groin. The toes on your left foot are pointing down. Inhale and stretch your arms sideways, palms facing down and then exhale bringing your palms together, like in a prayer position. Push your hands up overhead, keeping the same prayer position.
Simple Spine Twist
Begin lying on your back, bringing your knees towards your chest. Hold your left knee, pushing it towards your chest and straighten your right leg on the floor. Push your bend knee across your body, turning your head to look over your left shoulder while keeping your shoulder blades on the floor. Hold this position for a minute and then repeat the same for the other side.