Have you ever tried yoga? No, well why not?
The practice is over 5,000 years old and still stands the test of time today, being recommended by health and fitness fanatics, doctors and even playing a major role in treatment for illnesses.
Look at rehabilitation for example, many people suffering with addiction to the likes of alcohol and drugs practice yoga as part of treatment and recovery, due to the stress relief and focus it brings. And that can help you in your daily life too.
Anyone can practice yoga and feel the benefits of it, no matter how young or old you are, what gender or whatever your shape or size, and here are five great yoga poses to get started with…
Downward Facing Dog
It’s believed over 300 million people around the world practice yoga and many of them start out with the downward facing dog. It’s one of the simplest yoga poses to learn and is a standing pose that sees you lean forward with the aim of touching the floor.
It’s aimed to stretch some of the core muscles that hold trauma and release tensions to ease anxious feelings.
This is one of the easiest poses for a beginner and is good for both your posture and alignment. To do this you need to stand up straight and hold the pose, with your whole body aligned, engaging your quads, rotating your thighs inwards and letting your arms hang naturally.
Warrior I and II
Warrior I and II often follow on from each other and are poses that improve confidence and power, encouraging you to face up to any problems that come your way in an effective and clear manner.
The poses themselves are both standing, with your hips facing forward and one foot in front of the other, widely stretched. For Warrior I, your arms will be stretched up above your head with your hands clasped, moving into being stretched out wide to your side for Warrior II.
The Triangle Pose is one of the more iconic yoga poses and is good for building strength both physically and mentally.
This pose sees you stood up straight, with your legs wide apart and arms stretched wide. You then tilt your body to one side with your stretched arm touching the floor, creating a triangle shape between your arm, leg and hip.
It can improve balance and is a great pose for focusing the mind.