Yoga is amazing. It’s known to have dozens of positive effects on your body and mind; a better immunity, more flexibility, better bone health, more strength, less stress and so on. With the internet as your encyclopedia, it’s not that difficult to dip your toe in the yoga water. But sometimes, it’s easy to get lost among all these pages. That’s why aspiring personal trainer
and partner in crime Aicha Tygat and I teamed up to show you our favorite yoga beginner’s poses. Namasté!
1. Shoulder stand
This is a pose that strengthens your legs, butt, arms, and abs. Lie on your back and lift your legs, booty and back in the air. Use your hands to support your back. Keep your legs firm and point your toes upwards. Breathe deeply and stay like this for 30 seconds.
This pose tones the arms, legs and lower back, while improving your body balance. First, stand straight with your legs wide apart. Turn your right foot by 90 degrees. Lift your arms sideways to shoulder height, parallel to the ground. Bend your right knee until it’s a right angle. Turn your head and hold this pose for 60 seconds.
The Lotus pose reduces muscular tension and helps regulating your blood pressure. Sit down and keep your head and your spine straight. Bend the right knee and place your right foot on your left thigh. If possible, repeat this step with your other leg. If you’re not that flexible yet, don’t worry, good things take time! Bring your hands together and hold them in front of your chest. Stay in this pose for 60 seconds.
4. Upward facing dog
This pose strengthens the back and arms and improves the body posture. First, lie on your belly with the top of your feet facing down. Your palms are next to your shoulders. Next, slowly lift your hips while stretching your arms. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Ensure that your body rests on your palms and the top of your feet. Stay like this for 30 seconds.
5. Tree Pose
The Tree is an excellent pose to improve your balance. Just stand tall and straight. Bend your right knee and place your foot up your left thigh. The sole of your foot should be flat on your thigh. Ensure that your left leg and spine is straight. Press your hands together and look right in front of you. Keep your balance for 30 seconds.