Yoga for Days

The benefits of yoga are endless. It gracefully intertwines all three aspects of health by incorporating your mind, body and soul. It can also boost your physical strength and help you lose weight. It’s no surprise that it leaves most people feeling happier and more content with everyday life. If you’re wanting to give yoga a chance, try these beginner yoga positions that can be done pretty much anywhere.

 

Child’s pose (Balasana)

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Child’s pose is a common beginner’s yoga pose that is often used as a resting position in between more difficult poses during a yoga practice. Start off by sitting on your knees and then let your whole body fall to the ground as you bend forward, allowing your forehead to touch the floor. Keep your arms long and extended, palms facing down. Allow all tension in your shoulders, arms, and neck to drain away and extend even further through your fingertips.

 

Plank Pose

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Another common beginner’s pose is the plank which tones the abdominal muscles while strengthening the arms and spine. Although there are many variations, this one is the forearm plank. Begin on your hands and knees, with your wrists directly under your shoulders. Press down onto your forearms and hands, lengthening the back of your neck and drawing your abdominal muscles toward your spine. Tuck your toes and step back with your feet, bringing your body and head into one straight line. 

 

Cobra (bhujanga)

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Cobra is a beginning backbend in yoga that helps to prepare the body for deeper backbends. Begin by laying flat against the floor with your legs extended behind you. Place your hands under your shoulders with your fingers pointing toward the top of the mat and begin to push yourself upwards. Inhale as you gently lift your head and chest off the floor, straightening your arms. Only straighten your arms as much as your body allows. 

 

Side Plank

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Side Plank tones the abdominal muscles and improves balance, concentration, and focus. You begin at plank position, then roll your body to the right, balancing on the outer edge of your right foot and stack your left foot on top of your right foot. Extend your left arm to the sky, reaching through your fingertips as you lift your hips. Exhale as you slowly return to Plank Pose.