Getting in shape is so much more than just cutting out junk food and adding a little bit of cardio to your daily routine. Those are good starts, of course, but they aren’t everything. That is why we are seeing such a renewed focus on the benefits of yoga! Yoga is a physical exercise that works both your body and mind: refreshing one while strengthening the other. Unfortunately, Yoga can be quite intimidating for beginners and taking classes isn’t always an option. So, to make things easier for you we decided to compile eight different beginner yoga poses so you don’t have to bust out the cash for yoga classes! Use these as a way to get into the routine and then eventually move up to yoga school or professional yoga studios!
Downward Facing Dog
This is one of the most common exercises in the unofficial yoga handbook. You’ll see the Downward Facing Dog done everywhere: from yoga workshops to the most hardened of classes. Simple to do and extremely effective, the Downward Facing Dog helps to get your body fully circulating while stretching out both your calves and your heels. To accomplish the Adho Mukha Svanasana (Sanskrit name) you must start out on all fours with your hands and knees roughly shoulder-width apart. From there you will walk your hands away from your head, spreading your fingers to maintain flexibility. Make your toes curl and then press up your hips so that you begin to make a severe bridge. Don’t take your hands off the floor and make sure your feet are flat. Hold the position and repeat.