Interested in trying out yoga? These 15 basic yoga poses are perfect to start with.
They are gentle, calm, and will make any beginner feel amazing!
We love these poses for a relaxing workout because they calm your mind and your body.
Some of these basic yoga poses are considered “two-sided” poses. This just means that they work one side of your body at a time, and you will need to do the opposite side as well.
You should also work to build your strength and flexibility equally in both sides.
These poses will say to “repeat on both sides.”
Remember to breathe deeply through these stretches and poses, and always listen to your body first and foremost. Rest when needed.
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
This is one of the most basic yoga poses you can do. Many other poses will begin with this one.
Begin by standing with your feet side by side and slightly touching. Clasp your hands at your heart.
Stand tall, and try to lift your shoulders higher to the ceiling. Focus on allowing the energy to course through your body, from your feet to your hands. You can also try this pose with your hands pointing towards the ceiling as well.
Tree Pose (Vriksasana)
Begin in mountain pose (above). Bring your left foot to rest flat on the inside of your right thigh. Your left toes should be just above your right knee.
As in mountain pose, try to focus on standing tall and pointing your shoulder back and towards the ceiling. Clasp your hands at your heart.
If you want to challenge yourself a little more, raise your arms up towards the ceiling. This will make it a little harder to balance, but it will work your muscles more.