As the trees begin to shed and the cooler weather arrives, it can feel as natural as anything to hibernate into our warm and fuzzies each evening, curling up to watch endless hours of Netflix. But it’s important to keep your body active and limber, even when you feel like doing anything but exercising.
That’s where yoga can help. It blends the perfect balance of movement and stretching, and helps you incorporate some exercise while performing subtle, calming movements. It’s the perfect way to introduce some physical exercise into your routine, especially during the wintertime.
So if you’re new to this, here are some fundamental poses to help you learn the basics of yoga.
The Child’s Pose
This is a great pose to start you off with and get you settled and calm. Sit for a few seconds and calm your breathing while focusing on its rhythm. Then begin by moving onto your hands and knees. Widen your knees apart and place the tops of your feet on the floor and have your big toes come together. Then lower your hips to your heels and slowly lower your forehead towards the floor as you stretch out your arms in front.
Standing Forward Fold
This is a great stretch for your back and neck. Stand with your feet placed hip width apart. Begin to fold and bend your hips towards the floor while exhaling. Bend your knees slightly and place your weight on your heels. This allows some reprieve for your back, head, and neck.
Don’t let this name intimidate you. This is a pose that is simple and great for stretching out your torso and arms, while helping to reduce back pain. Begin by lying on your stomach, placing your hands beneath your shoulders with your palms spread on the floor. Slowly lift your shoulders up and back together as you keep your feet anchored on the floor. Lift your head up as your bring those shoulder blades together. Hold for a few seconds and release.
This simple pose can work wonders for replenishing your body and mind. Connect with your breathing by sitting in this position, or one that feels more comfortable to you. Listen to your breath and practice sitting in silence for a few moments every day.
By utilizing these four essential yoga poses, you can introduce your body and mind to the benefits of this gentle and effective form of exercise. Use yoga to help form a better you by avoiding hibernation and gently keeping your body and muscles stretched out and active. These poses are a great way to start the day fresh or unwind before bed.