Are you new to yoga? Are you thinking of attending a yoga class but you have zero clue about yoga? Do you want to know at least some basic yoga poses before attending your first yoga class and not end up looking like some “suaku”?
Suaku (Mountain Tortoise) = Unworldly person who is ignorant about some topic or another.
If that is the case, here are just five simple yoga poses you can try before attending your first yoga class.
1. The child’s pose
Those who have not done yoga before may be wondering what a child’s pose is.
“Is it some pose that can only be done by children?”
Child’s pose, also known as balasana, is known as the resting pose. It helps in calming the mind, aiding in digestion, and maintaining the health of your back.
To get into this pose, start by kneeling on your yoga mat or floor. Then, bring both knees together and rest your butt on your feet. Reach your arms forward while lowering your chest to your knees as close as you can. Once in that position, hold for about 1 to 3 minutes before rising.
To rise from the position, lengthen your front torso, and while inhaling, slowly lift from your tailbone as it presses down into the pelvis.
2. Downward facing dog
The downward dog stretches your hamstrings, shoulders, calves, hands, and spine while building strength in your arms, shoulders, and legs.
To get started, first, get on all fours with your hands on your knees with your shoulders and hip width apart. Then, move your hands forward and spread your fingers to gain stability before transiting into the next posture. Like how a cat stretches its paws.
Now, slowly lift your knees off the floor and carefully push your hips away from the floor. To rest, slowly bend your knees forward into a child’s pose.
3. Upward facing dog
So there is the downward facing dog. A few benefits of the upward dog is that it helps to improve posture, strengthens your spine, and firms your buttocks.
Here is how to do the upward facing dog pose:
Lie face down on the floor with your palms either side of your chest, legs extended with your feet on the floor.
If you are not sure what I mean, imagine the exact pose like how you would throw yourself on the bed after a long hectic day at work.
After getting into position, squeeze your shoulder blade together and straighten your arms as if you were doing a half push-up.
4. The mountain
The mountain pose, also known as Tadasana, is the foundation of all standing pose. It makes a great a starting position, resting pose, or tool to improve posture.
First, keep your feet hip-width apart and spread your weight evenly with your arms by your side. Then, breathe in slowly at an even pace.
5. The pigeon
Have fun with the pigeons! That’s just a joke. Do not go and have fun with the pigeons. However, there is actually a pose called the pigeon.
That was just a joke. Do not go and have fun with the pigeons. However, there is actually a pose called the pigeon.
However, there is actually a pose called the pigeon.
Start in a push-up position with your palms under your shoulder. Then, raise your left knee on the floor near your shoulders with your left heel by your right hip. Proceed to press your hands into the floor and raise your body slowly upwards. So now you are in an upright position.
This pose helps to prepare the body for other posture by lengthening the hip flexors increasing the external range of motion in the hips.