5 Basic Yoga Poses for Beginners

5 basic yoga poses

If you haven’t done yoga before, you may be wondering what the big deal is about doing five basic yoga poses. The really great thing is you can always turn it around! Stiffness, movement, slow breathing, concentration, and awareness are all four key benefits of performing basic yoga poses consistently on a regular basis. So, how many of you have never done yoga before? Not many! Even if you have always felt you would like to, there are so many more benefits than just being able to look great.

Many of us learn basic yoga poses as a way of easing into meditation. It’s a fantastic way to clear your mind and let yourself relax. The same is true with these breathing exercises. They allow you to start meditating while working out. And, even though this may seem counterintuitive, breathing exercises are an integral part of any type of physical activity you do.

5 Basic Yoga Poses

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So, why is it important to know and do these five basic yoga poses? For one thing, they will help maintain your balance as you move through the poses. When your body is in a balanced, erect, straight posture, the benefits extend beyond your appearance. In fact, your overall health will improve because the consistent yoga routine will strengthen your muscles, bones, and tendons.

But, before you go and do your first yoga class, there are a couple of things you should know. You should know that there is a difference between traditional yoga and more popular, contemporary yoga. Contradictory to what many people think, modern yoga doesn’t focus solely on the breath. As I mentioned above, there are different variations of yoga that incorporate breathing exercises. These are what you need to know if you’re looking to take yoga to the next level.

Lotus Pose

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To begin, let’s look at the fifth most important basic yoga pose, the Lotus Pose. As you probably already know, the Lotus Pose is one of the three main legs of yoga. In order to get the most out of this pose, you’ll want to inhale from the diaphragm and slowly bend your knees as far as you’ll be able to go without blocking your air. As you bend your knees, push your chest towards the ceiling and feel your lower back grow tight.


Now let’s take a look at another of the five basic yoga poses. This pose is called the Trikonasana, and it is performed by positioning your hands on the floor next to each other. Your arms are folded back, and your palms face each other. Keep your legs straight and make sure that your spine is in a straight line. If you need more help with this pose, then you can use blocks or chairs to help keep your spine straight. At the same time, try to exhale so that your lower back can stretch.

Downward Facing Dog

The final basic yoga pose that we’re going to look at today is the Downward Facing Dog. This is sometimes referred to as the Indian Headstand, and it is a great way to end your yoga class if you are feeling particularly stressed out. To begin, position your hands right above your head and place your fingertips on the sides of your head just below your eyebrows. Make sure that your elbows are pointing downward, and then lean back as far as you can, exhaling as you do.

Bottom Line

As you inhale, slowly allow yourself to extend your arms and pull them down to your shoulders. As you exhale, pull your shoulders up toward your ears. You should feel some tension built in your neck and upper back. As you continue your forward progress, you should feel your shoulders, triceps, chest, and stomach getting tight.

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