Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
This two-footed stance will help you to learn the foundation for many other poses, both easy and advanced. It will also help you to become more aware and balanced throughout the whole yoga process. Your alignment will also be shaped with this move.
To begin, stand with your feet together and pressed into the ground and your arms by your sides. Straighten your legs, and tuck your tailbone in while engaging your thigh muscles. While inhaling, elongate your body through your torso, and bring your arms up and then out. When you exhale, release your shoulder blades away from your head, bringing them toward the back of your waist. Then, bring your arms back to your sides.
Balasana (Child’s Pose)
This pose will help you to reset, catch your breath, and relax your nervous system in between more intense poses. Start in a kneeling position, and tuck your toes under. Bring your bottom towards your feet while stretching your upper body forward with extended arms to the ground. Your stomach should be resting on your thighs and your forehead on the mat.
Marjaryasana to Bitilsana (Cat/Cow Pose)
Warm up your spine and get your body ready for stretching with this yoga movement. Start on all fours on your mat, and your spine at a neutral position with your abs engaged. Take a huge inhale, and exhale as your round your spine to the sky, bringing your chin to your chest. When you inhale again, relax your abs, arch your back, and bring your tailbone and head upwards, making sure not to place too much pressure on your neck.
Adho Mukha Svanansana (Downward Facing Dog)
Start on your hands and knees, with your palms set just past your shoulders, and fingers pointing in front of you. With your toes tucked and your feet shoulder-width apart, bring your back into a V-shape. Make sure to spread all of your fingers and toes out, and push your chest towards your legs, giving your body a good stretch.
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