Yoga Poses: A Beginners Guide to Basic Poses

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As any other beginner out there that wants to try yoga poses for the first time, you cannot guarantee to get everything right the first time. There are lots of ways that you can learn yoga easily, but you should know that there are certain poses that are better learned on your own or with a class.

Of course, since there are a lot of yoga poses out there that you can learn, it is not easy to narrow it down. There are over 300 yoga positions available, and if you do each of these poses for at least 10 to 15 breaths a day, you can create your own program flow.

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If you do not know where to start, we have listed down some poses for you that you can start with. Take a look at these:

A Beginners Guide to Different Yoga Poses

Downward Dog Yoga Pose

This pose is quite common in yoga practices, and is one of the easiest beginner poses you can try out. It is designed to strengthen your entire body, through stretching.

Here’s how you can do it at home:

  • With a yoga mat, position yourself on all fours with your wrists positioned under your shoulders, and your knees beneath your hips.
  • Make sure that your knees are somewhat bent, especially if you start to feel that your hamstrings are tight. If you cannot stretch it too much, straighten your legs while your hips are back.
  • With your hands, slowly move in a forward direction to give yourself more distance.
  • While you are on your palms, press on the floor firmly with your elbows towards each other in a inward position.
  • Make sure to keep your core engaged as well as your legs.
  • Before going back to your hands and feet to rest, hold the pose for at least 10 breaths.

Plank Yoga Pose

This pose is great if you want to improve your balance.  It’s also an excellent way for you to strengthen your abs, and at the same time learn how to breathe properly.

Here’s how you can do this at home:

  • Using a yoga mat, drop down to all fours and slowly lift yourself up using your toes.
  • Stretch as far as you can with your heels until you can feel a straight line of energy starting from your feet to your head.
  • While doing this, make sure that your abs are fully engaged.
  • Make sure that your shoulders and elbows are away from your ears and aligned properly.
  • Pull your ribs together and start to breathe deeply for about 7 to 10 breathes, if you want a little challenge, you can lengthen your breathes for as long as you can hold yourself.
A Beginners Guide to Different Yoga Poses

The Tree Pose

Here’s another great way to practice your balance. The tree pose is an excellent standing pose for beginners. It’s designed to help you focus and keep calm, while learning how to breathe properly balanced on one foot.

Here’s how you can do it at home:

  • On a yoga mat, start with your feet placed together firmly on the floor.
  • Depending on which foot you start with, place your right/left foot into your thigh.
  • Press your hands together in a prayer position.
  • To make this easier on yourself, try to find a spot on the wall to help you hold a steady gaze. Make sure that it is directly in front of you so that it is not so hard.
  • After 7-10 breaths, you can switch sides. Remember to keep your abs engaged and try not to fall of balance.
  • Keep everything in your body relaxed, especially your shoulders.
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