Are you new to the world of yoga? We would love to share some of our favourite basic yoga poses with you. These asanas not only help to build strength and increase flexibility, but they also promote elongation of the body.
If you are new to the art of yoga, these basic yoga poses can help you get started. It is important to begin gradually and seek advice from a physician before commencing a new exercise routine. Namaste!
Child Pose Or Balasana
Spread your knees wide in a “V” shape, while keeping your toes touching behind you. Sit your buttocks on your heels, and stretch your torso forward between your thighs. Your arms can either be extended or placed behind you.
This relaxing pose is an ideal way to regulate your breath and still your thoughts. Additionally, it aids in stretching your hips and thighs before the commencement of the yoga session.
Downward-Facing Dog Or Adho Mukha Svanasana
Begin on your hands and knees, with your wrists under your shoulders and your knees beneath your hips. Spread your fingers wide apart and evenly distribute your weight across your hands.
From here, lift your knees off the floor and extend your pelvis upward, as if your hips and thighs are being pulled backwards. Allow your body to come into the shape of an inverted "V" while you straighten your legs, but be sure to avoid locking your knees. To complete the pose, gaze between your knees and relax your neck.
It is a great way to warm up and energize your body, while also stretching your hamstrings, calves, and spine.
Upward-Facing Dog Or Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Bend your elbows and firmly place your hands on the mat, spreading your fingers wide apart. Ensure that your wrists are parallel to the mat and your arms are snug at your sides.
Next, press down through the tops of your feet and lift your body off the floor. Only your hands and the tops of your feet should remain in contact with the floor. Gently arch your back.
Improve your posture and stretch your chest, lungs, shoulders, and abdomen. It also strengthens your arms and wrists, helping to build greater overall body strength.
Bridge Or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Begin by lying on the floor, facing the ceiling. Press your feet and arms into the floor, and lift your bottom and torso upward. Ensure that both your thighs and feet remain parallel, with your knees directly over your heels. You may also want to clasp your hands beneath your torso for added support.
It is a great way to alleviate anxiety, headaches, and fatigue. It also helps to stretch the back, neck, and spine, providing relief from tension and discomfort.
Chair Pose Or Utkatasana
To begin this pose, bend your knees and squat downward towards your heels, ensuring that your inner thighs remain parallel. Lean your torso slightly over your thighs, and firm your shoulder blades. You may choose to hold your hands at your heart's center or reach upward towards the sky.
It strengthens your thighs, calves, and spine. It also helps to improve flexibility in the hips, ankles, and lower back.
High Plank Or Kumbhakasana
To start this pose, come onto your hands and knees, placing your wrists directly under your shoulders. Spread your fingers wide and press down through your hands. Then, step back and tuck your toes, lifting your legs upward from the mat. Firm your body and broaden your shoulders, ensuring that your chest is directly over your hands.
It promotes arm and core strength. However, it's essential to remember not to let your hips sag too low, as this can put a strain on your lower back.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced practitioner, our experienced instructors will guide you through each posture with care and expertise. So, roll out your mat, take a deep breath, and join us on the path to wellness and vitality.
Join our yoga classes today and experience the benefits of these poses firsthand!