The practice of yoga has many benefits such as elevating mental, physical, and spiritual strengths. A consistent practice of yoga can increase focus and discipline skills, bring you inner peace, enhance flexibility, balance, and overall health. To some yoga may seem intimidating but I believe that’s because people think that they have to be already flexible, or strong or whatever prior thoughts they have about yoga when that’s not the case at all. There are different types of yoga ranging from easy to advanced so please understand that you will work your way up to all the “cooler” poses. We all have to start somewhere so, start slow, keep an open mind, and remember that you have to practice to get results! Below you will find 4 beginner yoga poses, and their benefits…enjoy!
1. Boat Pose – improves digestion and alleviate excessive gas, burns belly fat, strengthens arms, thighs, and shoulder muscles, regulates blood flow and helps to increase ability to focus. (attempt to hold pose for a minimum of 5 breaths)
2. Warrior Pose I– strengthens your leg, knee, and feet muscles, improves posture, stretches your spine and shoulders while also increasing focus and balance. (attempt to hold pose for a minimum of 10 breaths)
3. One Legged King Pigeon Pose- stretches the entire body, strengthens your spinal cord, relieves tension of tight hips, stimulates core muscles and organs, opens chest and shoulders allowing a better path for your airways. (attempt to hold pose for a minimum of 10 breaths)
4. Tree Pose– (best practiced in open air and sun light) strengthens your ankles and calves, elongates the body, improves balance, opens up your hip laterally and loosens the surrounding joints and muscles, decreases back pain and stress levels. (attempt to hold pose for a minimum of 10 breaths)
Practice these poses again and again until you can remain the pose comfortably and focus on your breathing without becoming unbalanced, distracted or shaky. Yoga is not something that has to be done every day, I recommend practicing poses 2-3 times a week to start off and slowly increase time and intensity!