When I bring up yoga to those who don’t practice it I generally get the same reactions, “Oh, I could never do that”, “I’m not flexible enough”, “It seems too hard” or something along the negative route. I get it, yoga can be intimidating but only at first. You’ll get better over time, just as any other new thing in life it will take some time to master. Don’t let your negative conscience, or fear cheat you out of working on your posture, flexibility, and balance. To be honest yoga isn’t even all about the poses, yeah sure they look pretty cool but it’s more so about gaining full body strength and stretching those neglected muscles out! So I’m back again with 3 more beginner poses that almost anyone can do. And don’t be so hard on yourself because many people stay in the beginner phase for a while. So just continue to practice until you become comfortable enough to move on to more challenging poses!
Wheel Pose- also known as urdhva dhanurasana is the perfect pose for stretching your entire body at once. It stretches the muscles of the chest, stomach, hips and legs, while also captivating the muscles on the back of your body.
Side Plank- also known as vasisthasana helps to prevent joint and bone diseases and complications (arthritis, frequent popping, scoliosis, carpal tunnel, etc) by strengthening your wrists, forearms, shoulders, and spine. It also increases the flexibility of your hips and hamstrings and increases focus skills.
Shoulder Stand- also known as salamba sarvangasana is the ideal pose because it stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system which then helps to decrease depression and anxiety. This pose calms the brain, relieves stress, reduces insomnia, alleviates fatigue, while also helping to stretch your neck and shoulder muscles and toning your butt and legs.
Happy practicing! Don’t forget to breathe, think positive, and be patient with yourself.