Whether you’re new to yoga or a seasoned veteran, it’s always important to change up your routine with new poses. It’s easy to get into the habit of practicing the same poses over and over, but in today’s post, we’ll outline four poses that everyone should be adding into their yoga routine. Wilmington Yoga is Wilmington’s top resource for yoga classes and yoga teacher training. Our yoga studio offers a variety of yoga types, including basic flow, power flow, and hot yoga. Contact us today to learn more!
The mountain pose is one of the easiest yoga poses to learn and perfect, but it’s incredibly versatile and applicable in everyday life. Perfecting the mountain pose is one of the best ways to improve your balance and posture, and you may even find that regularly practicing this pose relieves lower back pain.
Begin by standing with your feet together and your arms at your sides. Make sure that your core is engaged and that you’re standing with your chest up and your shoulders slightly back. Your neck should be elongated but still naturally gazing at the horizon. Take a deep, calm breath and press your weight through your toes while spreading them open. Repeat this cycle for five to eight breaths. You can always spread your feet slightly apart if you find it difficult to stand with them together.
The bridge pose is a great pose for those new to yoga, as it strengthens the core and the back muscles needed for more advanced poses. Lay on your mat with your back touching the floor and bend your knees until both feet are flat on the floor. Take a deep breath in and gently press your feet and arms down into the floor while lifting your buttocks off the mat. Your knees should remain above your ankles during this pose, but your weight should be pushed forward, away from the hip bones. Hold this pose for 30 seconds to one minute, though it’s perfectly fine if you can only manage 15 or 20 seconds.
The child’s pose is an exercise that yoga practitioners of any level should be doing regularly, as it’s one of the most effective poses you can do to relieve stress and tension. Start by getting on your hands and knees before gently resting your legs beneath you on your mat. Your heels should be touching your buttocks with your toes pointed behind you. Lower your head to the ground with your arms stretched ahead of you, making sure that your neck and spine are aligned throughout the entire exercise. Many practitioners enjoy stretching their arms even further forward in this position to stretch the spine, but even using this pose as an opportunity to take a few deep breaths is nearly guaranteed to lower your stress levels and promote a feeling of relaxation.
The tree pose is the most advanced pose in today’s list, but it’s also one of the best poses for developing balance and core strength. Start by standing with your feet together, just as you did in the mountain pose. Lift your left foot and place it on the inside of your upper right thigh, making sure that you’re not over-extending your hips. Press your hands together as if you were praying, and make sure that your neck and spine are aligned. It’s easy to lean forward, backward, or sideways during this exercise, but you should make an effort to stand as straight as possible during this exercise. Take several slow, deep breaths before switching legs and repeating. This pose presents a fantastic opportunity to breathe while many of your muscles are engaged, and this is a skill you will need before attempting any advanced yoga poses.
We hope that these tips and techniques will help you develop and refine your yoga practice. We know that it can be difficult to practice yoga on your own, and that’s why our yoga studio offers affordable yoga classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced practitioners. No matter where you are in your yoga journey, our kind and friendly teachers will help you become more flexible, fit, and mindful. We’re currently offering 30 days of unlimited yoga for $30, and we’d love to see you in our yoga studio! Call or email us today to get started!