Yoga Basics: A Great Way to Start Your Day
Yoga positions, called asanas, are the basic physical part of a yoga practice. Although yoga poses are a type of exercise for your body, they are also much more
“Warrior One is a standing position that signifies and stimulates strength and power,” Corso says. Start by standing up straight, and then step your left leg back 3 and a half to 4 feet. Bend your right knee so it’s directly above the ankle, and turn your left foot in slightly. Raise your arms directly above you, reaching strongly, and look up.
Warrior Two is similar to Warrior One, but the arms are held out to the side with the head looking forward, and the back foot is at a 90-degree angle instead of turned in slightly. “As with all yoga positions, breathing is an important part of the exercise,” explains Corso. “As a matter of fact, yoga without breathing and meditation is just a stretching exercise.
Extended Side Angle Pose is another standing yoga position, which improves strength, flexibility, and posture. This pose is particularly good to stretch the side of your body and strengthen your legs. “No matter what the yoga position, it’s important to understand that yoga draws energy from inside the body.
This is a standing yoga pose that helps to cultivate balance and strengthen your legs. To get into Tree Pose, stand straight and then shift your weight to the right foot, bringing the sole of your left foot up to your right inner thigh. If you can’t balance with the foot on the thigh, try placing your foot on the calf instead — just avoid putting your foot on the knee.
Camel Pose frees the energy in your throat, chest, and heart. “This yoga position is for intermediate or advanced practitioners,” says Corso. “It’s important to remember that not everyone can do every yoga pose perfectly, but yoga can be adapted to each person’s abilities.” To get into the pose, start in the kneeling position.