4 Beginner Yoga Poses for a Calmer Mind and Body

 Hello there readers! Yoga is a great way to relax, improve your flexibility, and increase your overall health. For those just starting out on their yoga journey, here are four poses that are perfect for beginners. 

  • Mountain Pose (Tadasana): This pose is the foundation of all standing poses in yoga, and helps you to develop balance and stability. Start by standing with your feet together, and your arms by your sides. Make sure your weight is evenly distributed between your feet, and draw your shoulder blades down your back. Take a few deep breaths, and then lift your arms above your head, interlacing your fingers and pointing your palms towards the sky. Hold the pose for a few seconds, and then slowly lower your arms back to your sides.
  • Cat/Cow Pose (Marjariasana): This pose is great for stretching your spine, and helps to improve posture and flexibility. Begin on your hands and knees, with your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Upon inhaling, arch your back up towards the ceiling, dropping your belly towards the floor. Upon exhaling, round your spine toward the ceiling, tucking your chin towards your chest. Repeat this motion for several breaths.
  • Child's Pose (Balasana): This pose is great for relaxation and to help relieve stress. Begin on your hands and knees, with your buttocks resting on your heels. Slowly lower your chest towards the floor, and extend your arms out in front of you. Hold the pose for several breaths, and then slowly rise back up to your hands and knees.
  • Tree Pose (Vrksasana): This is a great pose for improving balance and strengthening your leg muscles. Start by standing on one leg, with your foot flat against the floor. Place your opposite foot against your ankle, calf, or inner thigh. Then, raise your arms above your head and interlace your fingers. Hold the pose for several breaths, and then switch sides.

These four poses are a great way to get started with yoga. Remember to take it slow and focus on your breathing. With practice, you'll be able to enjoy the many benefits of yoga.

Much love to you and your journey, Shanda.