Yoga is one of the best practices to promote overall wellness and health. Almost everyone at any level of fitness can do some form of yoga or the other. Some styles are rigorous and fat burning while others are milder and easier to learn and practice. At New Body Physiotherapy and Postural Management, we believe that everyone can learn this practice and get back to good health.

However, despite the level of exposure yoga has gained, some people still consider it a strange and difficult practice. Here are some poses that you can easily perform. They will convince you that yoga isn’t intimidating at all.

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#1 The Mountain Pose or Tadasana

This pose is very easy to understand and execute. It will tone your entire body and help improve your balance and posture.

  • Stand with your feet together and firmly planted on the ground. Let your hands fall loosely to the sides.
  • Make sure that your weight is distributed evenly on your feet.
  • Take a deep breath before raising your arms slowly over your head, reaching for the sky.
  • Hold that posture for a few moments without straining yourself before bringing your hands back down.

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#2 Downward Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana

This is aimed at improving the strength, blood circulation, and stability of your body.

  • Settle on all fours on your yoga mat. Your hands should be directly under your shoulder and your knees should be under your hips.
  • Once you’re comfortable, slowly walk your hands forward, spreading your fingers and firmly placing them on the mat.
  • You should then curl your toes and lift your hips until your body forms the inverted V shape. The shoulder should be away from the ears and your feet should be about hip length apart. You need to hold this posture for 3 breaths.

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#3 The Warrior Pose or Virabhadrasana

The warrior pose strengthens your legs and ankles and makes them flexible.

  • Stand with your legs apart by approximately 3 or 4 feet. Your right foot needs to be at a 90° angle while the left foot, only marginally.
  • Relax your shoulders and bring your hands to your hip. Keep your palms down and slowly extend your arms outward to the sides.
  • You then need to bend your knee at a 90° angle, which would place your knee over your ankle. You should then look at your outstretched hand and hold the pose for a minute.
  • You then need to switch sides and repeat the pose.

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#4 The Tree Pose or the Vriksasana

This pose improves your body’s balance and strengthens your thighs, ankles, calves, and spine.

  • Stand with your feet planted and together and your hands on the side.
  • With your hips facing forward, shift your weight slightly to the left foot and lift your right foot.
  • Place the right foot on your thigh and bring your hands together in a praying position.
  • After taking a deep breath, stretch your arms above the head and hold the position for 30 seconds.
  • Repeat with the other side.

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These four beginners’ poses would gently introduce you to yoga and help improve your health and well being. These poses are great for people of all ages and shapes.

If you want to know more about yoga and other such exercises, you can get in touch with us at New Body Physiotherapy and Postural Management. Just fill in this contact us form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. You can also give us a call at 02 9958 2277.

Best Regards,
Corey Iskenderian