While yoga has been around for what seems like forever, it has really taken off in the western world in the last decade or so. Yoga can help people with a wide variety of issues and I recommend that at least everyone give it a try, it could change your life. And while it is very beneficial, I know not everyone has a ton of time and energy to dedicate to it, which is why I created this article that will highlight three of the most helpful yoga poses for those of you who aren’t experienced in the art but are interested in trying it out.
1. Downward Dog
Out of all of the different yoga poses out there, this is probably one of the most popular and basic moves to introduce to new yoga practitioners. This is a move that makes the upper body stronger, stretches out the back and legs and releases built up tension in the spine. Though it is basic, it is still a staple in most yoga classes and sessions and is one of the most rewarding poses you can do.
This is perhaps better known by its western named called the yoga squat, and is among the easiest poses you can do, but like all poses, can be difficult to master. To do this pose, you get in a squatting position and point your toes outward and out your hands in the prayer position in front of you with elbows at your knees. This stretch is great for stretching thighs and calves, while also assisting with back aches and can help develop some of the flexibility for the more advanced poses. This is especially fantastic for pregnant women.
3. Warrior 2
This pose is absolutely great for balance, which means it has uses that go far outside of just a yoga pose and can help in various areas of everyday life. In addition to helping greatly with balance, this move also will tone a large number of different areas of the body if done right such as the thighs, hips, shoulders and even butt! The pose involves outstretching both the arms and legs fairly wide and represents one of the most iconic looking poses out there.