Working out at the park or at home for me has included things like jogging, sit ups and push-ups. Things that typically get your heart beat going and build up a good sweat. Instead of my usual stretching exercises I have now included some beginner yoga poses. It is mandatory to get a yoga mat for this as I tried to do it in the wet grass and was not very comfortable and a bit itchy. Fortunately, the yoga mat that I picked out was under $10 and it had different yoga poses on it for me to copy. It really is a perfect mat for a beginner like me.
As you begin your yoga journey you might feel like it is a lot to learn but yoga is all about relaxing the mind and stretching your body so you can’t really mess it up. Just relax. I find it to be very refreshing and a lot easier than my basic stretches that I was doing. To close your eyes and just breathe at the park makes me feel at ease. Here are 5 simple yoga poses for beginners.
Types of poses that I have learned.
1.Standing poses – These are the easiest poses and are usually used get you warmed up. I been doing the raised hand pose which requires you to stand firmly on the ground and reach for the sky with your arms. This results in a full body stretch.
2. Seated poses – There are a lot of good seated poses but I like the seated forward bend pose. Basically sit down with your legs in front of you and reach for your ankles.This pose offers a stretch to the entire back of the b
ody. Bend at your hips and keep your neck aligned with your spine. This one is also great to stretch out those hamstrings.
3. Balance poses – Tree pose is a great introduction to balancing postures. These are the hardest for me to pull off as it helps to be light on your feet. I have very large and flat feet so I struggle with balance poses. Good thing about the tree pose is that if you fel like falling you can get out if very easily. Focus on a spot on the floor and rest your heel on your lower ankle or above the knee while holding your hands in a praying position.
4. Seated poses – This one is also an easier pose for me to perform as it involves sitting down. Begin by opening your legs wide in front of you. Next lean your chest over as if you were going to touch the floor with your fore head. Instead of going all the way down, concentrate on keeping your back straight and rotating your pelvis forward instead of crunching forward.
5. Supine poses – The spinal twist is a good pose that is performed by lying down on your back and keeping your shoulders flat on the ground and twisting at the hips bringing your opposite knee from one side to the other. The position of the legs is up to you and you can twist your legs around each other to stretch the outer hips. This stretch is great to do in the
beginning or at the end of your work out.
The yoga poses have been helping me put my mind at ease.
I usually wake up in a panic mode thinking that I have so much to do let alone going to work and I only have so much time in the day to finish. This idea stresses me out and has been haunting me for many years. It has been a bad habit of mine to think negative even before the day has started. Well I can honestly say that yoga has helped me with this problem. I can now wake up and do my poses and think positive thoughts while breathing deeply. The yoga mat I bought really did inspire me to do more poses and I am glad I did. I never thought I would be doing yoga as part of my daily routine.
Now I know why so many people do yoga for better health.
I kind of doubted trying out yoga in the past as I thought it was not considered working out. I felt that if you are not sweating than you are wasting your energy. Well I am so lucky that I happen to come across that yoga mat with illustrations. It really did give me the spark to try it out for once in my life. Since I have been doing yoga for only 2 months now the benefits have been great. I feel more alert and in tune with my breathing pattern. I am stretching out more and on a constant basis with yoga. Before I was skipping the stretches and going right into the workout which is not safe. Yoga gives me ample time to gather my thoughts and focus on how great life can be.