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How To Start Your First Steps In Yoga

Beginning in yoga can be intimidating. The terminologies alone can confuse you especially when you have just heard them the first time.

Here is a compilation of yoga poses which, beginners like you can start with.
1. The Sun Salutations

This is the core of Yoga itself. This exercise is a combination of Yoga Poses, Breathing exercise, Sun Bathing and Prayer. It is the warm-up of a yoga class or personal yoga session and is a mixture of poses. To be exact, there are 12 poses that are performed in a synchronized motion with emphasis on rhythmic breathing. They mildly exercise the arms and legs and are often recommended for obesity, depression and fitness. This is a guaranteed must know for yoga beginners. Many martial artists, Indian and African wrestlers perform tons of rounds of these exercises alone.

2. The Shoulder Stand

This yoga pose is a piece of cake even though it sounds like its so hard to do. It is a very important pose. Its Sanskrit name (Savangasana) actually means the “all members” or “all limbs” pose, meaning it affects all parts of the body. As a beginner, you should understand that some poses (such as this one) do have specific counter poses, so if you’re taking a Yoga for beginner class or learning from a DVD, make sure you are taught these poses to counter-act and balance the effects of the Shoulder-stand pose on the body. These poses are the Bridge and fish poses. Here’s a hint or ratio to adhere to in their combined execution: 6:1:2 , meaning the ‘bridge’ and ‘fish’ poses should be held for a sixth and third of the time you spend in the Shoulder-stand Pose respectively.

3. The Corpse Pose

This is the relaxation pose that is usually executed during and after your session as a means of relaxing the muscles used for your yoga exercise. At the end of a session, it is usually done for about 15 minutes. When done right, one always comes out feeling refreshed after its execution.

These are the 3 main poses you have to learn and put into important consideration in learning yoga as a beginner, but there are other poses that should be included as you go further. These are:

1. The forward Bending exercises: Head to Knee pose, Plough Pose and Wind reliving pose

2. The Back Bending Exercises: The Bow, Inclined Plane and Wheel Poses.

3. The Spinal Twists

4. The Balancing Exercises: The Peacock, Crow, Side Plank and 4-limbed staff Poses

5. The Exercises in Sitting and Standing Positions

6. The Abdominal and Breathing Exercises.

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Corona's yoga journey began in her early 20's when she introduced herself to yoga for nothing more than curiosity and has been hooked ever since.

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