Best Yoga Poses for Beginners
Who doesn’t want to become more flexible? Whether you’re a man, a woman, young or older, increasing your flexibility can have a number of benefits on your life. It can help you in your physical activities, making it easier to run, jump, lift, and workout. It can also help at home, giving you the tools you need to keep up with your kids, multitask around the house, and keep it fun it the bedroom. 🙂
Fortunately, there are some yoga poses that make increasing your flexibility not only easy, but also relaxing, calming and fun! Want to improve your own flexibility? Here are some great yoga moves that can help.
The Low Lunge – This pose is great for increasing leg flexibility. To start, stand with your feet one in front of the other. Then, lunge forward, stretching your back leg straight out behind you and bringing your front leg forward, bending it at the knee. If you can, get low enough that your hands touch the ground, and hold this position for 60 seconds. Next, switch and do the same for the other leg.
The Downward-Facing Dog – One of the most famous yoga poses around, the downward dog is great for increasing flexibility in your arms, legs and torso. Put both feet firmly on the ground about shoulder length a part. Lean down, and put your hands flat on the ground about 3 to 4 feet in front of you. Your body should form an almost “A” shape. Then, extend your right leg up, outward and straight up, keeping it in line with your back and arms. Hold this for 60 seconds, and do the same one the other side.
Ankle to Ankle Pose – This pose helps increase flexibility in your calves, thighs, torso, butt and arms – basically all of it! Here’s how you do it: Sit on the ground, and cross your legs (“Indian” style.) Take your right leg, and lay it on top of the left, so that your ankle is resting on the left knee. Your right foot should be underneath your left knee. Then, with your palms flat, slowing crawl outward, making sure to keep your legs locked in place. Stretch out as far as you can, and even drop down to your elbows if it’s possible. Hold this pose for 60 seconds, and then slowly crawl back into your main position. Switch your legs, and do it all over again.
Standing Forward Bend – This move stretches out your hamstrings and improves your leg flexibility. Plant your feet firmly on the ground, and slowly lean down until your hands touch the ground. Be careful to keep your hips directly over your ankles; leaning too much won’t help your flexibility at all. After you get comfortable with this pose, try this variation: once you reach the floor, grab your elbows and let your torso just “hang” mid-air. It’s extremely relaxing!
Eye of the Needle – If you have tight hips, this is a great way to start improving that area. It also stretches out the thighs, hamstrings and glutes. To do it, simply lay on your back, and cross one ankle onto the thigh of your opposite leg. Bring the legs up toward your torso, stretching the main leg outward and keeping the ankle in place. Switch legs, and do it all again!
Do each of these moves in the morning, right after you wake up, and again before you go to bed. Soon enough, you’ll be as limber as can be! Want more health, nutrition or motivational guidance? Check DiviniRae.comsoon for more blog posts!
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