Welcome to the new year! If one of your resolutions for the year is to try yoga, congratulations on taking the first step toward a healthier and more balanced lifestyle. Yoga is a great form of exercise that can improve flexibility, strength, and mental clarity. It’s also a low-impact exercise, making it suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
If you’re new to yoga, it’s important to start slowly and listen to your body. Remember to always respect your own limits and never push yourself too hard – even in the new year. It’s also a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise program.
I also put together a list of tips for yoga beginners, that you can check out here.
Here are five yoga poses that are great for beginners in the new year
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
This is a standing pose that helps to improve posture and balance. To get into mountain pose, stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms by your sides. Engage your core and lift your chest. Keep your shoulders relaxed and gaze forward.
Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
This pose stretches the entire back of the body, including the legs, arms, and spine. To get into Downward Facing dog, start on your hands and knees. Spread your fingers wide and tuck your toes under. Lift your hips up and back, forming an inverted V shape with your body. Keep your heels pressing towards the ground and your neck relaxed.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
This pose is a great way to relax and stretch the back and hips. To get into Child’s pose, start on your hands and knees. Bring your hips back towards your heels and stretch your arms out in front of you. Rest your forehead on the ground and relax your entire body.
Cat-Cow Pose (Marjaryasana-Bitilasana)
This pose is a great way to warm up the spine and improve flexibility. To get into Cat-Cow pose, start on your hands and knees. Inhale and arch your back, allowing your belly to sink toward the ground (cow pose). Exhale and round your back, tucking your chin towards your chest (cat pose). Alternate between these two poses, moving with your breath.
Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)
This pose strengthens the legs and opens the chest. To get into Warrior I, step your right foot forward and turn your left foot out at a 45-degree angle. Bend your right knee, keeping it directly over your ankle. Lift your arms up and gaze up toward your hands.
Remember to always listen to your body and take breaks when needed. Yoga is a practice of self-discovery, so don’t worry about perfection. Just have fun and enjoy the journey in this new year!
If you are serious about starting your yoga journey, check out my 30-Day Morning Yoga Challenge – You can sign up here for free!