Want to feel like one of the regulars in your first yoga class? I’ll teach you five basic yoga poses, step-by-step and a few unspoken rules on yoga shala etiquette. Click play on the video below!
FIVE POSES: STEP-BY-STEP
Use these notes in conjunction with the video, so you can see them in action 🙂
One: Child’s Pose
This is a resting pose that you can come into at any stage during your practice. Kneel on the floor, touch your big toes together, widen your knees and sit back onto your heels. Stretch your hands forwards and move your torso and forehead toward the mat.
Two: Downward Facing Dog
From child’s pose, push your hands into the earth, tuck your toes under and lift your hips back and up. Keep your knees bent if your hamstrings are tight. The goal here is to have a straight line from your wrists to your hips.
Three: Warrior One
Your front toes are facing forwards while your back foot is directly behind at a 45 degree angle. Keep your front knee above, or slightly behind the ankle and your hips square to the front of your mat. Reach your finger tips towards the sky, keep your chest lifted and draw your shoulders away from your neck.
Four: Warrior Two
From Warrior One, continue to turn your back toes to face the long side of your mat. Press into your feet keeping your legs strong. Stretch your arms and keep your gaze through your front middle finger. Don’t forget to relax those shoulders!
Savasana might look like a snooze at the end of your yoga practice but it’s actually a fully conscious pose aimed at being awake, yet completely relaxed. Lay on your back in a neutral position, allowing your legs and arms to fall slightly apart and away from your body with your feet relaxing away from one another. I like to lift the base of my skull away from the back of my neck to lengthen my spine.
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