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For Newbies and Veteran Yogis Alike: Essential Yoga Poses

by Jenny Sugar
The practice of yoga is perfect for improving strength, flexibility, and balance, and it can also help reduce stress and improve energy. Many newbies find it intimidating, especially after seeing pictures of people balancing on their hands or sitting
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Pigeon Pose forces you to really relax and breathe deep: After Eagle Pose, move through a vinyasa (Four-Limbed Staff to Up Dog to Down Dog). From Downward Facing Dog, step both feet together and bring your right knee forward between your hands so your outer right leg is resting on the mat. If your hips are more open, inch your right foot away from you. Make sure your left hip is always pointing down toward the mat. Stay here with your hands resting on your hips or your right leg, or walk ...

Warrior 3 Pose really brings the heat to your core: From Warrior 1 with your right knee forward, lower your torso and lift your left leg, bringing your body parallel with the ground. Extend your hands out in front of you, pressing your palms together firmly. If it bothers your shoulders to press your hands together, separate your arms so they're shoulder-width apart. If extending your arms creates pain or pressure in your lower back, rest your hands on your hips. Engage your abs, holding ...

Butterfly Pose brings the intention inward and helps stretch out tight backs and hips: After Seated Forward Bend, come back up to seated position before bending both knees and bringing your feet together. Using your hands, open your feet up like a book, pressing your knees toward the floor with your elbows. If you want more of a stretch, extend your arms out in front of you. Stay here for 10 breaths. Check out these details on how to do Butterfly Pose.

Downward Facing Dog is an active pose that always helps to calm a busy mind: Begin on your hands and knees. Your wrists should be underneath your shoulders, and your knees should be underneath your hips. Inhale as you tuck your toes under your heels. Then exhale to lift your hips, coming into an upside down "V" shape called Downward Facing Dog. Spread your fingers wide, and create a straight line between your middle fingers and elbows. Work on straightening your legs and lowering your heels ...

Do your best to have a long and tall spine in Staff Pose: From Downward Facing Dog, drop your knees to the mat. Sit on your mat with both legs together. Place your palms flat on the floor beside your hips, actively pressing them into the ground. Keep both arms as straight as possible and lengthen your spine, imagining it is a sturdy staff or cane someone would use to walk with. Roll your shoulders away from your ears and tuck your chin. Engage your leg muscles and flex your feet. Stay here ...

Set a strong intention for your practice at the top of your mat: Stand at the front of your mat, feet together, legs active, and arms by your sides. If you choose, this is the time to take a moment to bring your awareness inward, to create an intention for your practice, or to make a dedication. Stay for five breaths. Here are more details about Mountain Pose.

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