Yoga Poses to Start a Yoga Practice

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Yoga is about breathing.

In through the nose and out through the mouth for 5 breaths. Deep breath in, deep breath out. After 5 breaths go into breathing through nose on the inhale and on the exhale. Breathe in 5 seconds, pause at the top of the breath, then breathe out through nose for 5 seconds, pause at the bottom.

Repeat at least 3 more breaths increasing breath by one second at the top and at the bottom. This can be done laying down, sitting or standing. Breathing is the foundation of all yoga practices.

Move to standing postures like standing mountain (regular standing with feet under hips posture tall, add side bending, forward hold (flexion) and standing extension with hands supporting hips while looking upward and extending the spine.

Tree pose is good for balancing the body from right to left. Tree is standing on one leg and balancing for 30-60 seconds. Do both right leg and left leg.

WI, WII, WIII are good basic poses that stretch and strengthen the body. Wide legged forward fold is also good for stretching the hamstrings and gastrocnemius (calf) muscles. Chair pose is good to train all of the leg and gluteus maximus muscles.

These are just a few of the yoga poses that are beneficial to someone starting a yoga practice! I’ll go into more detail about Warrior I (WI) WII and WIII in my next post!

I hope this is helpful, if you have any questions write me back at lisathompsonyoga1@gmail.com

Blessings,
Lisa

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