One of the things that the pandemic has made apparent to people is that fitness should never be taken for granted. Meaning while we can work all day and fulfil our various responsibilities, the main reason we can continuously keep moving and doing these tasks is because of our bodies. The state of our health matters at all times because nobody could afford to be sick, especially in the middle of a grave pandemic.
A good way to start your fitness journey is through meditation and yoga. Both allow you clarity, achieving peace, and the capability to move your body around any way you want it to.
Here are the top basic yoga poses you need to know to get started right here at Kula Yoga Studio:
- Child’s pose
This might sound a bit childish due to its name but it is nothing to laugh at. It is one of the most basic poses that can help you transition from beginner to advanced quickly. Additionally, you can do this pose while pausing from the rest of your yoga exercises.
All you have to do is kneel on the floor and push your body forward with your palms facing the floor and your head close to the mat. While you are doing this pose, make sure to relax your spine muscles and lower back, all the while breathing deeply.
- Downward facing dog
Yoga poses have quite a weird name but again, this is an important basic pose. This allows you to proceed to various poses and makes sure to relieve whatever pain you are feeling in your back. It also helps stretch your calves, arches in your feet, and hamstrings. Besides this, you can also improve the strength of your shoulders and arms.
To do the pose, make sure your feet are close but not completely apart and in line with each other. Now lean forward, stretching your legs without bending until your hands are on the mat completely without being bet. If your bottom is raised to the air, you are doing it right. Just make sure to properly distribute your weight through your palms and feet, away from your shoulders.
The plank pose is one of the most common poses even outside of yoga that people do. This is because it is already known that it can help build your strength if you do it consistently for short periods of time. The areas it can help make stronger are your core, legs, are, and basically your upper body.
To do this pose, all you have to do is to put yourself in a position similar to where you are about to push yourself off the floor. However, you need to remain in that position for seconds to minutes, making sure your elbows, knees, and legs are perfectly straight.