The Basic Yoga Poses
It might not be obvious but doing yoga actually reduces your stress level. This is because it helps your body find balance and harmony. It is a way of living towards a healthy mind and body.
Aside from reducing your stress level, it also improves your flexibility, muscle strength, and body tone. It might seem like simple stretching routines but it helps a lot to maintain and improve your mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
Here are some of the benefits of yoga you should know:
- Builds muscle strength
- Corrects your posture
- Protects your spine
- Strengthens your bone
- Improves your blood flow
- Boosts immune system
- Lowers your blood sugar level
- Helps you focus
- Relaxes your system
- Helps you sleep deeper
- Increases your self-esteem
- Encourages self-care
Basic Yoga Poses
Yoga poses might seem intimidating but it will eventually benefit you in the long run. Yoga does not have to be difficult. As a matter of fact, the moment you stretch your arms up over your head is already considered as a yoga pose.
Check out some of the basic yoga poses you can do at home:
With this pose, you just need to stand still and make sure that your shoulders are directly over your hips. Your shoulder should also slide down the back with your head slightly tilted upward. Do not forget to inhale and exhale.
Raised Arm Pose
While standing straight, all you need to do is to bring your arms up and over your head. You should include this in your basic morning stretch to slowly improve the alignment of your bones. It is also best to gaze up as you raise your hands.
Standing Forward Bend
As you exhale, fold over your legs or do a forward bend. Do not be worried if you feel your hamstring a little tight at first. The more you do it, the more your hamstring will loosen up. While doing this pose, it is recommended to let your head hang heavy and keep your legs slightly bent. You can also gently sway your arms.
To do a garland pose, you just need to move your feet a little out of the edges of the yoga mat and slowly bend your knees. This pose is also similar to the so-called Asian squat. The best thing about garland pose is that it strengthens your hips.
To do a lunge, all you need to do is to step one foot forward as far as you can get and then gently bend. Do this alternately and make sure that you are doing deep lunges to strengthen your core and improve the flexibility of your hamstring.
After doing lunges, it is time to do a plank. When planking, your feet should be hip-width apart. Your hips should also be at the same level as your shoulders. You also have to make sure that your hips are not too low or not too high.
You do not need to plank for a long period. 15 seconds to one minute is enough. You can also add more minutes if you want to include planking in your everyday routine.
Staff pose is similar to mountain pose. What makes it different is that your shoulders should be in line with your hips. You also need to sit straight with your arms straight or slightly bent. Make sure that your legs and feet are straight on the floor.
Seated Forward Bend
From the staff pose, bend your torso over your legs and gently reach your toes. You can also bend your knees if it hurts. Do this repeatedly until you feel comfortable bending over. While bending over, do not forget to inhale and exhale.
Head to Knee Pose
It might sound difficult but it is actually easier than the seated forward bend. While sitting on the floor, bend your right leg and bring the sole of your right foot inside your left thigh. After five deep breaths, switch legs.
To do the happy baby pose, all you need to do is to lie down, hug your knees close to your chest, and lift your legs into a 90-degree angle. You can also slowly roll to the side and stretch out your legs.
The child’s pose is one of the easiest and relaxing poses you can do. It is also recommended to do this first thing in the morning. The best thing about this pose is that it normalizes your breathing pattern and gently releases the tenses of your lower back and hips.
It might seem awkward at first but this pose strengthens your core and your back. It also improves the flexibility of your hamstring, glutes, and quads. To do this pose, all you need to do is to lie on your back and gently push your hips upwards.
Stand with your feet 3 to 4 feet apart. Slowly shift your right heel out so that your toe is slightly pointing inwards. Bend your knee to a 90-degree angle and stretch your back leg. Lift your arms at shoulder level. Spread your fingers but keep your palms face down.
Bound Ankle Pose
All you need to do is to sit on the floor, bend your knees, and spread your legs like a book. Join the soles of your feet and make sure to sit upright. Place your fingertips on the floor behind you to strengthen your spine. If it is uncomfortable, you can also reach your ankles and bend a little forward.
Our Online Classes
The best thing about Lahara Yoga and Wellness is that we also offer online classes. You do not need to personally visit our studio. All you need to have is a stable internet connection and space where you can freely do the poses.
To keep updated, you just need to follow our social media sites. We also do not have a specified price for our online classes. You can pay how much you want. However, if you want to attend workshops or events, you need to personally visit the studio. It is recommended to arrive at the studio 10-15 minutes before the class officially starts.
The Reasons Why
Now that yoga is back in the spotlight, more people are considering attending yoga classes. With this, it can be too crowded or expensive. Well, with Lahara Yoga and Wellness, we also offer online classes. Aside from not having to spend so much, here are some of the benefits of taking online yoga classes:
Your Own Schedule
The best thing about yoga online classes is that you do not need to worry about adjusting your schedule. You can choose any time of the day. All you need to do is to visit our site and follow our social media sites to keep you updated.
Meet World-Renowned Teachers
What makes online yoga classes special is that you can meet world-renowned teachers. This is because they are more active in offering classes digitally. The best thing is that you do not need to travel and spend money just to meet these personalities.
Pick a Class
With online classes, you also have the freedom to choose. As a matter of fact, you can choose between different types of yoga. There is also an option to pause and take your time to relax. You also do not need to worry about missing any of the poses.
Compared to attending a face to face class, the cost per online class is cheaper. You also do not need to spend more money to fill your tank and pay for your parking ticket. In most cases, you just need to pay for a monthly membership subscription.
Although live yoga classes can help us connect to the greater world, online yoga classes help us to connect with our inner self deeper. Even though it is an online class, you can still stay connected, inspired, and committed to your personal growth and well-being.
The Online Community
If you are the introverted type, you will definitely enjoy the yoga online community. This is because it helps you connect with other yoga teachers and students all around the world. You can also ask and share anything you want, while remaining anonymous.
If you feel self-conscious in the studio or intimidated by people, you should go with online yoga classes. You can even wear whatever you want and not worry about your clothes being too tight.
Another reason why online yoga classes are the new trend is that you can use any device. It can be a phone, tablet, and laptop. You can also connect it to your television. You can also easily save pre-recorded training videos and training materials which you can open at any time.
What are you waiting for? Join our community and let us help you find your inner peace.