When starting out with Yoga, seeing all of the different poses is a beautiful site to behold, but many can scare a beginner into thinking they cannot do them as well. However, as Yoga teach Paige Held reveals, there are three simple Yoga poses that anyone – yes, including complete beginners – can do in the comfort of their own home.
This one is a classic. Place your feet wide apart from each other in a lunge. Turn your front foot straightforward and place your back foot at a 45-degree angle. Lift your torso and your arms up, make sure that your hips are square and facing the front foot, and don’t let your knee pass your toes.
I enjoy performing this pose. It makes me feel strong, just like the warrior's of old. This pose also gives you the benefits of a stronger spine, supporting the arch of your upper torso, and even alleviates nerve pain.
I recommend practicing this stance first in the morning to keep you centered and fill you with power. Then move on to the next pose:
The Pigeon Pose
The pigeon pose is all about targeting and extending the hips. Start in a right side lunge similar to that in warrior one. Move your right foot to the left and drop your right knee so that the entire outer side of the right leg is on the ground.
Even though this pose has an interesting name, it too gives some excellent benefits. The Pigeon Pose improves your posture, strengthens your thighs, and diminishes lower back pain and stiffness.
Paige also teaches how this pose can relieve deeply held negative emotions, and who wants to hold on to that? So once you've experienced the strength of the Warrior and released your tensions like that of a Pigeon, we finish off with…
Downward Facing Dog
The downward dog serves as one of the main yoga practices and is often used to segue between poses. To do this, start in a tabletop position, or with hands and knees on the ground. Curl onto the tips of your toes, lift your hips and straighten your legs as much as possible while working your heels down.
One of the most recognized and talked about poses, the Downward Facing Dog is one of my favorites! This pose energizes the body, improves digestion and is quite therapeutic for high blood pressure and the sinuses.
Remember, just because you are a beginner, you shouldn't be scared to tackle this fun and beneficial Yoga poses. If you practice them daily not only will you get better at doing them but your mind, body and spirit will thank you as well!