5 Best Yoga Poses for Beginners

Yoga is a thousand-year-old Indian practice that manifests mind and body coordination. It involves movement, breathing techniques, and meditation to promote physical and psychological well-being.

While gyms can only make you physically stronger, yoga opens the path to all-around wellness by teaching patience, reducing stress, and keeping your body and mind in perfect synchronization.

You may have seen numerous photos of people practicing difficult yoga poses on the internet. Although, there is no need to get overwhelmed and feel intimidated. Yoga is all about going with the flow and getting better one step at a time. Here is a guided list of the five easiest yoga poses to help you get started with basic yoga learning.

Five Easiest Yoga Poses You Can Practice at Home

1.  Tree Pose (Vriksasana)

Tree pose or Vriksasana is an easy yet effective pose for beginners. It will help you to gain balance, focus, and stability. Also, it will teach you how to breathe while standing and make your overall stance better. Evidently, it resembles the stance of a tree.

How to Perform

  • Stand firmly on your feet and place your left foot on your inner right thigh.
  • Press your hands with the fingers extended and find a thing in front of you that you can focus on.
  • Hold and breathe for 10-15 seconds and then change legs.
  • Make sure you don’t put pressure on the standing leg and keep your shoulders relaxed and lower abdomen engaged.

Tips for Beginners

You can stand with your back supported against a wall if you feel uncomfortable in this pose.

2. Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)

It’s important to practice the forward bend to stretch the lower and upper back, hamstrings, and sides. The seated forward bend is the ideal yoga pose for beginners to unclog the body and promote blood flow.

How to Perform

  • Sit on the floor, support your buttocks with a blanket or a cushion. Extend your legs in front of your upper body at a 90-degree angle.
  • Slowly breathe in and raise both of your hands over your head and stretch as much as you can.
  • Try to extend your arms forward and try to touch your feet with your fingers.
  • Lift your chest, engage your lower abdomen, and you will feel muscles stretching on your upper and lower body.
  • Hold this pose for up to 10-15 breaths before slowly releasing with deep exhalation.

Tips for Beginners

If you feel pain on your thigh or abdomen, you need to stop immediately; but if you feel the tension when you bend forward and you can continue to breathe comfortably, hold on to this pose for a few breaths longer. You can also keep both of your knees bent in the pose as long as the feet stay together and flex.

3. Bridge Pose (Setubandhasana)

Setubandhasana is a way to bridge the gap between your body and mind. A counter pose to a forward fold is the back fold. The bridge pose stretches the front body muscles. It is extremely helpful for beginners before jumping into complex poses.

How to Perform

  • Begin lying down comfortably on your back and place your feet wide apart as long as you are comfortable.
  • Press firmly onto your toes and lift your buttocks up off the yoga mat. Interlock your palm and press the shoulder towards the floor.
  • Drag your heels slowly towards your shoulders to engage your hamstrings.
  • Hold it for 10-15 breaths, then slowly lower down your hips and repeat three times.

Tips for Beginners

An easier version of the Bridge pose with a bolster or a block underneath the pelvic floor is a great way to release tension from the lower back. It can also help to ease muscle discomfort and menstrual cramp.

4. Child Pose (Balasana)

A child pose, also known as Balasana, is a gentle recovery pose that stretches the thighs, legs, and hips while calming the mind and relieving tension and stress. Child pose is an excellent resting yoga pose for beginners and even for advanced yoga practitioners.

How to Perform

  • Kneel on the mat. Touch your toes together and sit with your hips resting on the heels.
  • Spread your knees as wide as your pelvic floor.
  • Exhale and lay your upper body resting between your upper thighs and try to touch your forehead on the ground.
  • Put your hands gently on your sides with your palms facing upwards beside your feet.
  • Stay in this posture for 30 seconds. While coming up, slowly lengthen the front torso, and then with a deep inhalation, gently raise your back.

Tips for Beginners

Put a cushion or blanket under your knees, hips, or head. If you are pregnant, spread the knees as wide as you can to reduce any pressure on the lower abdomen.

5. Corpse Pose (Savasana)

No yoga session is complete without a relaxation pose at the end. Even though Savasana or Mrtasana is a relaxing pose, it is called the most difficult of all the yoga poses. You need to stay present and aware of the surroundings during the 5 to 10 minutes you spend in the final relaxation posture. It is a meditative practice to calm your nervous system down.

How to Perform

  • Lie down on your back and spread your legs a bit wider than your body width. Bring your arms beside your body but slightly distant from the torso. Rest your palms facing upwards.
  • Breathe slowly and naturally. If your mind wanders, allow the passing thoughts and then concentrate on your breathing process.
  • Stay in that position for about five minutes. You can do it for an even longer period of time.
  • To come out, stretch your arms overhead for a full-body stretch from hands to feet, slightly bend your knees and turn to the side. Use your hands to support and bring yourself into a seating position slowly.

Tips for Beginners

Perform it without any mat to enhance the feeling that the body is connected with the earth.

Conclusion

You are now ready to start your yoga practice on a daily basis. Always remember that practice has no alternative.

Be patient and don’t get overwhelmed with your failure, and you will move on to become the best version of yourself.

Lastly, I would suggest you take yoga classes as you move along with more complex poses. You can always consult a yoga guru to guide you through the transcendental journey.

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