Yoga is a great way to calm your mind, improve your flexibility and balance, and strengthen your body.
It’s also the perfect activity for people who want to get started with exercise but aren’t sure where to begin.
Yoga is easy on joints and muscles, so even if you’re not in the best shape, it can still be beneficial. More than that, you can do yoga anywhere.
But before you jump into a yoga class, there are some poses that are good ones for beginners to try out at home first. Here are some of our favorite beginner poses:
- Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
This is another classic yoga pose that strengthens your legs and builds balance in the body. You’ll also feel grounded and calm after practicing it for a few minutes each morning!
Stand with feet hip-width apart or wider if possible, toes pointing straight ahead or slightly outward so that they line up with the knees and ankles (not turned out). Engage the abs firmly by contracting them as if there is a string pulling them toward the floor through your belly button area; keep this contraction throughout the pose even if it feels uncomfortable at first because it will help maintain good posture and alignment throughout the exercise; keep shoulders relaxed down away from ears without hunching over
- Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
This pose stretches the entire front of the body — including your shoulders, hamstrings, and calves — while strengthening your wrists and arms. It’s also a great pose for stretching out your back muscles, which can be difficult to reach without a partner or equipment. Downward-Facing Dog is often used as an alternative to push-ups because it engages similar muscle groups.
- Child’s pose (Balasana)
The child’s pose is one of the most common poses in yoga because it’s so versatile — you can use it as a resting pose or use it as part of another pose for a deeper stretch. It’s also great for stretching out your back if you’re feeling stiff after sitting at work all day long!
- The Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
The Cobra Pose is an upper back stretch that can help relieve lower back pain and encourage proper posture. It consists of lying face down on the floor with your arms straight above your head and palms flat against the floor. Lift your chest off the ground while keeping your hips and pelvis flat on the ground as well. Hold for 30 seconds at a time before returning to a resting position on your stomach.