Yoga is a commonly known generic term for the physical, mental, and spiritual practices. Originated in ancient India with a view to attain a state of permanent peace. There are many great reasons to add yoga to your exercise routine. Yoga improves muscle tone, flexibility and balance, and it helps you relax and reduce stress. Here are 10 simple basic yoga Poses for beginners.
Tadasana – Mountain Pose
Tadasana is a basic standing posture that is a great foundation for many asanas. It creates space in the spine allowing the body to work more efficiently and with more ease.
Vrikshasana – Tree Pose
Vrikshasana or tree pose is a wonderful pose that teaches balance while toning the muscles of the legs. This elegant pose is not as easy as it looks, but over time it builds tremendous inner and outer strength and a great feeling of accomplishment as you learn to balance on one leg.
Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog
Adho Mukha Svanasana posture replicates a dog bending forward, hence the name downward facing dog pose. This asana can be practiced by any beginner too and with all its benefits, one should include it as a part of daily yoga practice. It is a standing pose and mild inversion that builds strength while stretching the whole body.
Trikonasana – Triangle Pose
Triangle Pose is a standing yoga pose that tones the legs, reduces stress, and increases stability. The word “Trikonasana” comes from the Sanskrit words “tri,” (meaning “three”), “kona”(meaning “angle”), and “asana” (meaning “pose”). It refers to the triangular shape created by your body in the full version of the pose. A deep stretch for the hamstrings, groins, and hips, Trikonasana also opens the chest and shoulders. It helps relieve lower back pain, stress, and sluggish digestion.
Virabhadrasana I – Warrior I Pose
Warrior 1 — Virabhadrasana 1 is a standing yoga pose named after a mythological Hindu warrior, Virabhadra. Virabhadrasana I stretches the whole front side of the body while strengthening the thighs, ankles, and back. This is a powerful standing pose that develops stamina, balance, and coordination. It tones the abdomen, ankles, and arches of the feet.
Virabhadrasana II – Warrior II Pose
Warrior 2 — Virabhadrasana II is a standing yoga pose named after a mythological Hindu warrior, Virabhadra. A powerful stretch for the legs, groins, and chest, Virabhadrasana II also increases stamina. It helps to relieve backaches, and stimulates healthy digestion. This is a deep hip-opening pose that strengthens the muscles in the thighs and buttocks. It tones the abdomen, ankles, and arches of the feet.
Phalakasana – Plank Pose
Plank is a truly foundational pose. It teaches you to hold yourself together like a sturdy wooden plank—giving you the power you need for complex poses and the grace to glide with ease through transitions between poses. Plank will build your abdominal strength; you might even find yourself shaking as you practice it. It can strengthen your arms and keep your wrists supple and healthy.
Cat-Cow is a gentle sequence of two poses that stretches the spine and prepares the body for activity. A wonderful way to start off any yoga practice is with a round Cat Pose to Cow Pose.
Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose
The name comes from the Sanskrit words bhujanga meaning “snake” or “serpent” and asana (???) meaning “posture” or “seat”. From a prone position with palms and legs on the floor, the chest is lifted. Bhujangasana may strengthen the spine, stretch the chest, shoulders, and abdomen, firm the buttocks, and relieve stress and fatigue. Traditional texts say that Bhujangasana increases body heat, destroys disease, and awakens kundalini.
Utkatasana – Chair pose
Chair Pose — Utkatasana is a standing yoga posture that tones the entire body, particularly the thighs! The positioning of this asana is just like sitting on a chair except that you need to balance yourself without the use of a chair. This asana increases strength, balance and stability.
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