There are several forms of physical activities available for anyone who aims to live healthier. If you want to start now, yoga is one of those that can help you with your physical and mental state. To begin, here are 10 best yoga moves that are easy to learn and practice.
- Mountain Pose
Mountain pose or prayer pose is as simple as standing straight but this can actually relieve back pain, improve posture and strengthen your abdomen and legs. This pose targets the alignment of your body from the top of your head to your heels by standing tall with your feet together and arms at the side. Relax your shoulders and breathe slowly. Nothing is easier as this but it sure is refreshing to do.
- Downward Facing Dog
This pose might be a familiar move to you if you happen to see a dog stretch. Yes, this yoga pose for beginners is the stretch that dogs do when they wake up from sleep. You may do this by first putting your knees and hands on the ground. Keep your hands in front of your shoulders and bow down your head. Next is to lift your knees while exhaling. Lift your buttocks and hips as well that should be pointing upwards. Stretch your heels down onto the ground. Maintain this pose for around 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Warrior I
There are different warrior yoga poses and the first type can strengthen the shoulders, arms and thighs. This is by starting from the mountain pose. From there, move your feet for about 4 to 5 feet apart. Your right leg should then form a 90 degree angle, while your left leg is stretched behind and your weight pressed on it. Raise your arms up high and do this for a minute.
- Warrior II
Comparable to warrior I, the second type of warrior pose should also have your right leg in 90 degrees, while the left foot is stretched on the other side. Relax your shoulders and extend your arms out to the sides with palms facing down. Direct your head towards your right side and hold this pose for a minute. This allows your legs, ankles and feet to stretch and improve your balance.
- Tree Pose
Doing this pose is okay for those who have been through liposuction in the Philippines as it’s one of the easiest. The tree pose is also a yoga position that can help improve your equilibrium and concentration. Begin by standing straight with your arms on the sides. Put the sole of your right foot flat on your left thigh and bring weight on your left leg. Raise your arms up above your shoulders with palms separated facing each other. Look straight and keep this balance for 30 seconds.
- Triangle Pose
Another beginner’s yoga move is the triangle pose for better digestion and to reduce back pain. Extend your arms out to the sides and bend sideways over to your right leg. Reach your right foot with your right hand and bring your left arm up toward the ceiling while facing it. Do this on the opposite side as well after 30 seconds.
- Bridge Pose
If you wish to improve the circulation of your blood, then you may also try doing the bridge pose. This involves lying on the floor and bending your knees while your feet are flat on the ground. Put your arms on the side and palms down. Lift your hips until your chest is toward your chin. Stay in this position for a minute to allow your chest and thighs to stretch and extend your spine.
8. Staff Pose
Staff pose is quite similar to the mountain pose but is completed in sitting position. Sit straight like your back is against a wall and place your arms alongside your body with palms on the floor. Stretch your legs while keeping them together and take deep breaths. Doing this regularly could improve your posture and strengthen your back muscles.
9. Cobbler's Pose
The Cobbler’s pose or butterfly stretch is advisable to ease knee problems and soothe menstrual discomfort. Begin by sitting on the floor with your knees bent in front of you. Then press the bottom of your feet together while stretching your back long and straight.
10. Child's Pose
Known as a resting pose, this position is practiced in a fetal form where you start by kneeling on the floor. Rest your butt on your heels while stretching your body forward and extending your arms out in front with palms facing downward. Lay your stomach on top of your thighs as well and forehead on the floor or mat as your body stretches fully to release body tensions.
Although these are poses are still considered easy that are ideal for beginners, their benefits and comfort to the body are undeniably great for you to continue exploring other yoga positions. By practicing these basic movements, you may now enjoy living one step healthier and fitter than yesterday.
Author Bio: Ianna Reign Stevenson is a professional writer based in London, England. She is a young mother of a 3 year old toddler and a working mom on the lookout for the medicine for diabetes for her since she is experiencing the pre-diabetes stage. Connect with her on Twitter.