So you’re fairly new to yoga but you don’t know where to start. Let’s be honest, even as a first timer the yoga community could be a little bit overwhelming for a first timer to jump into right away.
In fact, some terms come off as an alien language to some. There’s the Vinsaya, Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Ashtanga, Bikram, and many other types that you can pick from. You have the option to join a class, go to the gym, go to a local studio, or maybe even opt for some private lessons to practice at home.
But with all of those choices, what is the safest to work with for beginners? Hatha May not be the best style for you as a beginner, but it’s a great start. This style of yoga is simple, gentle, and a little slower than others.
If you want to try it out for yourself, here are a couple of poses that you can start with:
Mountain Yoga Pose
The mountain pose is perfect for those who are just about to begin their journey with yoga, as it is one of the easiest poses there is. Begin this pose by standing on top of your yoga mat. Take three long deep breaths, giving yourself a minute to reach your mat.
Stand tall with your spine straight, reaching through your head. As you take a few inhales, raise your hands up in the air. Make sure that while you are reaching for your sky, your arms are relaxed and calm. Gently extend a long stretch to the left as you exhale. With your next inhale, make sure to go back to the center, then exhale again with an extended stretch to the right.
With continued practice, you will see a vast improvement in your breathing technique, and your body will feel relaxed even with a very simple pose like this.
Forward Fold Yoga Pose
Here’s a Hatha yoga pose that’s great for beginners who wants to get a little challenge. It’s fairly easy, but if you feel that you are not too flexible yet, this pose will loosen you up. From a standing position, take a deep exhale as you fold yourself forward. Allow your arms, neck, and neck to hang towards the floor.
While in this position, take at least three to five breaths to just keep yourself calm and relaxed as you feel the stretch. Try not bending your knees if you want to feel an extra stretch behind your knees. If you cannot bend that far without bending your knees first, you can slightly bend it a bit to focus the stretch on your spine.
Low Lunge Yoga Pose
This pose is another great yoga pose for beginners, as it stretches not just the hamstrings but the entire spine as well. It will also strengthen your balance and get rid of any back pain that you might feel. Position yourself on top of a yoga mat, and position your hands on the floor for added support. Step your right or left knee depending on where you are comfortable, and align it with your ankle.
As you inhale, lift up and extend yourself through the crown of you head. When you exhale sink forward and release your hips towards the floor. Make sure to find a comfortable spot on the floor for your arms to rest comfortably. Keep this position for at least three to six breaths. If you do this consistently you will see an improvement in your flexibility and overall health. Just make sure to practice regularly.