Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or an expert, it is advisable to begin yoga routine with warm-ups and Sukshma Vyayama (gentle exercises). Few minutes of warm-ups make the tendons more flexible and Sukshma Vyayama relaxes the body. Once through, you can perform the following sequence of easy-to-do yoga poses for beginners:
Beginner yoga routine
Mountain pose is also known as Palm Tree Pose or Tadasana (ताडासन) in Sanskrit as in the final stage, the Yoga pose looks like as palm tree so the name is. This is also known as heavenly stretch pose as one stretches oneself towards the heaven.
Warrior Pose 1 :
Warrior I — Virabhadrasana I (veer-uh-buh-DRAHS-uh-nuh) — is a standing yoga pose named after a mythological Hindu warrior, Virabhadra. An incarnation of the god Shiva, Virabhadra was fierce and powerful, with a thousand arms and hair and eyes of fire. Warrior I transforms the intensity of this deity into a pose that builds focus, power, and stability.
bridge pose (Setubandhasana):
In sanskrit ‘Bridge’ means ‘Setu’, ‘Bandha’ means ‘Lock’ and ‘Asana’ means ‘Pose’. The poses look like the shape of the bridge, so this pose is called as bridge poses i.e. Setubandhasana. Basically this pose is effective in relaxing the body and reducing stress. It stretches the chest, spinal cord and neck.
Sukhasana / Easy Pose :
The Sukhasana is also called the Easy Pose. It is a meditative pose that works on calming both the mind and the body. This asana works on the nervous system and regulates its action. It successfully aids in reducing hypertension, and therefore, directly or indirectly works on bringing down blood pressure.
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana ):
In Sanskrit, “bhujanga” means serpent or snake and “asana” means pose; hence the English, cobra pose. This invigorating backbend was named such because Bhujangasana reflects the posture of a cobra that has its hood raised. If you would like to practice this pose with the aid a qualified yoga instructor, click here to check out the yoga class schedule for each of our centers, located in Syracuse, Rochester and Albany.
Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana):
Everyone can benefit from the hip opener known as pigeon pose, or Eka Pada Rajakapotasana. Stress and tension can build up in the hips and create tightness. Practicing pigeon can make for supple, more flexible hips. Sometimes this pose will take your breath away with its depth, but stick with it and you’ll notice the immediate improvement.
Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold Pose):
Uttanasana is Sanskrit word, “ut” means intense, “tan” means to stretch or extend and “asana” means pose. In English, we call this pose the Standing Forward Bend. But in any language, this incredibly beneficial posture is both therapeutic and revitalizing. In Uttanasana, your head is below your heart. This allows the unusual occasion for blood to rush to your head (rather than your feet), giving your cells a rejuvenating boost of oxygen.
Marjaryasana (Cat Pose):
This pose provides a gentle massage to the spine and belly organs while acting as a powerful stress buster. This pose is often paired with Cow Pose on the inhale for a gentle, flowing vinyasa. Marjaryasana also benefits overall health by stimulating the digestive tract and spinal fluid. For proper alignment place wrists directly under the shoulders and knees under the hips.