Beginner’s Yoga 1-2-3 July 14, 2010Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Health & Wellness, Mindfulness.
Here’s a short, 15 minute Beginner’s Yoga routine from Prevention.com which will get you started as easy as 1~2~3:
How to do it: Perform poses in order, flowing from one to the next for 15 minutes. To increase the benefits, do the routine twice and/or hold the poses longer.
Increases flexibility and strengthens back muscles
Lie on back with arms extended on floor at shoulder height, palms down. Bring knees to chest. Keeping knees together, exhale and lower legs to left side. Turn head to look over right arm.
Take several deep breaths. Inhale, bringing legs back to center, then exhale and repeat on opposite side.
Supported Downward-Facing Dog
Stretches hamstrings; strengthens arms, legs, back, and shoulders
Stand in front of sturdy chair, seat facing you. (If it slides, place against wall.) Bending forward from hips, put hands on back of seat and step back until arms are extended. Exhale and release chest toward floor, keeping back flat and shoulder blades pressed down. Reach gently forward, head level between arms. Inhale and press heels down. Exhale and move deeper into pose, stretching through arms. Hold 3 to 5 breaths. Walk forward and gently roll up to standing.
Strengthens legs, butt, and abs; improves balance
Stand with feet together, palms in front of chest in prayer position. Fix gaze on a spot to help balance. Inhale, placing bottom of right foot on inside of left calf, right knee pointing out to side. Hold and exhale, pressing left foot into floor. Inhale, reaching top of head toward ceiling. Hold for 3 to 5 breaths. Repeat on opposite side.
Make it easier Perform with hands on hips or arms out to sides. You can also bring right foot only to ankle, touching floor as needed to maintain balance.
For exercise and fitness tips, and more yoga poses visit Prevention.com