If you are looking to begin your yoga journey, yet are nervous to try a class because you don't know any poses--don't fret! I've got you covered. So that you do not feel overwhelmed, I have broken down 6 basic yoga poses that are popular in yoga sequences. You can follow my short videos to solidify your knowledge on these poses. Happy learning!
Standing mountain pose (tadasana) is the mother of all yoga poses.
Once you can feel comfortable in this pose, you are well on your way to learning more poses.
Standing mountain pose (tadasana) is a great pose to center yourself and feel more grounded.
This pose can help deeply align your energy and help connect you to your heart center.
Warrior 1 (Virabhadrasana I) is a basic yoga pose that is incorporated in numerous yoga sequences.
This pose is a base for many other poses, so once you get comfortable in this pose, you will gain more confidence in the core of your yoga practice.
Warrior 1 is a pose that stretches and strengthens your leg muscles along with invigorating your shoulders and back muscles.
This pose releases an overall feeling of self worth and inner strength and helps increase self esteem.
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Warrior 2 is one of the most popular poses in a basic yoga flow sequence.
That is because it is simple to get into and can be modified many ways.
It also is a base to get into other poses like Triangle Pose and Extended Side Angle Pose.
Warrior 2 strengthens and stretches your leg muscles while stimulating your abdominals.
It builds confidence and increases your stamina. It’s a great pose to look inward at your inner warrior and strength.
Warrior 3 may be a bit harder of the three warrior poses.
This pose is a nice foundation to transition your practice into learning more intermediate and advanced poses like standing splits and half moon.
This is a very invigorating pose that engages your core muscles while strengthening your standing leg muscles.
It’s a great pose to increase your balance and maintain a good posture.
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Chair pose is a staple pose that engages the quads, hamstrings and core.
It’s a powerful, fierce pose that enhances a yoga practice. It is also part of sun salutation B, which is a series that warms up the whole body.
You may hear or practice this series in some of my classes.
Utkatasana, or Chair pose, stimulates the core and strengthens the leg muscles.
I love incorporating this pose into my practice for its revitalizing element engaging the whole body.
Downward Facing Dog is a home base.
It is part of Sun Salutation A and B, which helps warm up the body and prepare you for movement during class.
A part of the sun salutation is commonly referred to as “taking your flow,” which includes, chaturanga, upward facing dog (or cobra) and downward facing dog.
Typically, you spend a few breath cycles in a downward facing dog.
Even though it is typically a pose to rest and restore, it is still a demanding pose because you are engaging your quadriceps, calves, hamstrings, ankles, shoulders, hands and wrists.
Oftentimes, beginner yogis may feel that their wrists are sore in this pose.
If this is the case, there are many modifications.
Downward facing dog is a common pose for a reason.
It strengthens the arms, wrists and legs while stretching the hamstrings and shoulders.
Since it is technicallly an inversion--where your heart is above your head--it has many calming properties that can relieve stress.
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