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Yoga Poses for Beginners

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<b>Monica</b><br>Ālaya Yoga

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Yoga Poses for Beginners

Beginning your Yoga Journey? Here is a list of 5 yoga poses for beginners to start with.

Many of the things we do for fitness today involves rigorous strength training, such as weight training, running and cardio, but all of this comes at the expense of flexibility and the mental relaxation and mindfulness that yoga provides.

Along with the physical benefits of yoga, the breathwork involved in yoga allows our body to obtain the most benefits out of each physical posture we do.

If you find yourself intimidated to start your yoga journey, or maybe you’ve just been out of touch with your yoga practice and would like to start again, here are a few yoga poses for beginners you can try the next time you’re on the mat.

Finding yourself intimidated to start your yoga journey, here are a few yoga poses for beginners you can try the next time you’re on the mat.

Seated Forward Fold

A seated forward fold is a relaxing yet active stretch that improves flexibility as well as lengthens the spine and stretches your entire body. This pose helps relieve a lot of the stress that we hold in our bodies along with providing a gentle stretch to all the big muscle groups in our body.

Benefits of this pose:

Beginners tip:

Even though this is a foundational yoga pose, a lot of yoga practitioners struggle with this pose. If you find yourself unable to reach your feet with your hands, rest your hands on your shins as you fold forward with your palms facing upwards as you keep your focus on lengthening your spine.

Downward Facing Dog

The downward-facing dog is a wonderful foundational yoga asana that strengthens and stretches our entire body. This pose can sometimes feel challenging but over time with repetition, one can achieve all the great benefits that this pose offers.

Benefits of this pose:

Beginners tip:

This asana offers a deep stretch to our upper body as well as lower body. To start with, keep your knees bent and keep your attention on lengthening through the spine. You can also walk out your feet to engage both your legs individually.

If this pose feels challenging for you, try a puppy pose to start out with. Bring your knees down to the ground, and stretch your arms forward while lifting your hips and arching your back.

Bridge Pose

Bridge pose is a chest opening yoga asana. It is typically performed towards the end of a yoga session. It provides a gentle stretch to the back and one can reap the benefits of an inversion without physically being upside down.

Benefits of this pose:

Beginners tip:

This pose can be strengthening as well as restorative. While the more advanced variation involves interlacing your fingers underneath your back, you can also place your palms flat on the ground next to you to provide more stability. Lift your hips and place a bolster, cushion or yoga block directly underneath the sacrum to provide support to your lower back.

Triangle Pose

Triangle pose is a standing pose that is great for both advanced as well as beginner yoga practitioners as this asana has many variations one can use. It’s a great pose that improves both your physical and mental health.

Benefits of this pose:

Beginners tip:

If it’s challenging to reach the floor with your hand, you can reach for your shin or your knee. Another variation is resting your elbow on your knee to provide more stability and support.

Child Pose

The child’s pose is a gentle beginner pose. Even though this pose may feel like rest, you’re actively engaging your back as well as your hips to achieve a gentle stretch throughout your body. It works as a great stretch to warm up your body before getting into more advanced poses. It also gives you the chance to reconnect with your breath.

Benefits of this pose:

Beginners tip:

This pose can be very calming and restorative. You can keep your knees together or separated depending on whichever pose feels more comfortable to your body. To achieve even more relaxation, place a cushion or a bolster underneath your chest for additional support.

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Warm-Up Poses for Cyclists

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5 Essential Warm-up Yoga Poses for Cyclists

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5 Essential Warm-up Yoga Poses for Cyclists

WARM-UP YOGA POSES FOR CYCLISTS

5 warm-up yoga poses for cyclists to awaken their muscles and their joints before your next ride. These poses can help you tighten any weak muscles, as well as stretch and release any tight muscles.

A good warm-up primes and prepares your body, muscles and joints so it can deliver the best performance. Warming up your body before any form of physical activity also protects the body from injury and aches, and should be an integral part of any physical workout so as to soften the strain that we put our bodies through. So many people pull a muscle daily because of the lack of a good warm-up or because they rush through a warm-up routine.

But the good news here is that your warm-up doesn’t need to be very long. With short targeted yoga practice, you can achieve the same benefits of a longer warm-up practice.  A good warm-up sequence is also a preventative measure to ensure your body is feeling loose and ready to get on the saddle.

The muscles you use most when you’re cycling are the hamstrings, quadriceps and calves. Additionally, it’s also important to do some full body stretches as well as stretches that target your shoulders and your lower back.

Yoga is a great tool for cyclists as it can help you prevent injury as well as help increase your overall comfort on the bike.

TIPS:

For each pose that you do, ensure you hold it for an extended period of time. The real benefits of stretching are obtained when the muscles relax. This is where the breathwork that comes with yoga practice can be really beneficial. If your mind and your breath are prone to drifting, try the box breath method where you inhale for a count of 5, hold the inhale for a count of 5, exhale for a count of 5, and then hold that exhale for a count of 5.

Here are 5 essential yoga poses you should do as part of your warm-up to awaken your muscles and your joints before your next ride. These poses can help you tighten any weak muscles, as well as stretch and release any tight muscles.

STANDING FORWARD FOLD

A standing forward fold stretches out the back of your legs as well as your spine and your shoulders. Release your arms down to the ground. You can also grab onto opposite elbows. It is an incredible asana that stretches the hamstrings, calves and hips and helps to relieve fatigue and tiredness from your body before your cycling session.

This is a simple pose that can help decompress the spine and release tension in the upper body and spine, as well as the hamstrings.

Yoga warm up for cyclists

TRIANGLE POSE

During a cycling session, you spend a lot of time hunched over the bike that can make you feel stiff in your body. Side stretches are great as they help you by providing your body with some lateral movement that stretches and strengthens the torso. Along with being a great stretch for your entire body, it also improves your balance and stability.

This pose is also great for strengthening the muscles in your legs and stabilising the core.



Yoga warm up for cyclists

PIGEON POSE

In this asana, you cross one leg onto the ground in front of you as you step forward. It releases tension that we hold in our glutes and also stretches the piriformis. This pose can help loosen the muscles in the glutes that you use when you paddle and can help you feel more comfortable and relaxed in your body before you head out for your next cycling session.

Yoga warm up for cyclists

BRIDGE POSE

This pose stretches your entire back as well as engages and warms up your glutes and your hamstrings, which is very important for cyclists. It also helps stabilise your core and your shoulders and can help you build endurance and stamina for longer rides.

Yoga warm up for cyclists

DOWNWARD DOG

The downward-facing dog is a great pose to stretch out all the lazy and tight muscles in the hamstrings, calves, ankles, all the way down to your feet. Additionally, this pose also helps to lengthen your spine, which is great before a cycling session where you may be in a hunched position for extended periods of time. Walking out your downward dog can also help you get deeper into the stretch. Try to focus on getting your shoulders down and away from your ears so you can really feel the benefits of this pose all the way into your upper body as well as all the big muscle groups in your legs that you use when you ride.

Yoga warm up for cyclists

CONCLUSION

Don’t underestimate the benefits of a warm-up before cycling, or before any physical activity, you partake in. A good warm-up can help by increasing your blood flow, increasing your range of motion as well as raising your body temperature to prepare your muscles for the fluidity you need when you’re cycling. It doesn’t have to take long, as long as your practice targets the muscle groups you use most so that you can get the most out of a short practice.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Try Yoga

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<b>Monica</b><br>Ālaya Yoga

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5 Reasons Why You Should Try Yoga

Here are 5 Reasons why everyone should try yoga

Yoga is often defined as a form of exercise in which you practice poses that help you relax your mind, become more flexible and improve your strength. Yoga, however, is so much more than just that. It’s a practice that perfectly combines breathwork, meditation and mindfulness to tackle everyday stresses as well as ease our minds of any anxiety we may feel on the regular. Through the practice of Asana and breathwork, yoga improves our mobility, flexibility and strength, targeting our mental, physical and spiritual well being.

Yoga practitioner is encouraged to keep their focus on their breath and to practice mindfulness to get the most out of each pose. The daily practice of yoga can help you feel more centred throughout your day, helping ease the stresses that we face regularly in today’s world where people have looming deadlines, rush hours and workloads. It can help you feel more balanced in your approach to life. Other than these benefits from the practice, yoga can also help hasten the healing time in medical ailments such as insomnia, depression, arthritis etc and has mental and physical health benefits for people of all age groups. Yoga can be modified for different people based on their level of fitness, age, and disabilities.

In this article, I’ll talk a little more about some of the most popular reasons people practice yoga.

A yoga practitioner is encouraged to keep the focus on their breath and to practice mindfulness to get the most out of each pose.

Yoga improves strength, mobility and flexibility

The most obvious benefits of making yoga a part of your daily practice and routine are the physical benefits to your body. Yoga helps increase blood circulation in our bodies through the practice of asana’s, many of which target specific locations in our body.

So many people today spend hours upon hours on a chair working, which can often lead to neck and back pain and can even cause irreversible changes to our posture and our spine. Something as simple as doing a sun salutation can help open up your chest, and stretch out your back and reverse the effects of sitting still for extended periods of time. Yoga also involves stretches that if done regularly can help us become more flexible and can improve our strength. One can even alter their daily practice based on what they want to target.

Yoga can help with insomnia

Yoga can help people who suffer from insomnia and poor or irregular sleep patterns. Studies have shown that people who practice yoga before bed find it easier to drift off to sleep as your physical body as well as your mind is more at ease. It can help prepare our mind and our body not only to fall asleep but to stay asleep. Meditation is also a great tool to use when you’re lying awake in bed. When you’re in a meditative state, your mind has the chance to revisit each problem and put it to rest, and this process of mentally putting an end to the day can help calm an overactive brain.

Studies have shown that people who practice yoga before bed find it easier to drift off to sleep...

Yoga can help manage and prevent anxiety

Our bodies are complex structures that hold emotions, thoughts and feelings in their alignment. Holding our bodies in particular positions can provoke thoughts and feelings associated with that pose, for example, people with an open chest and their shoulders back and down maybe habitually more receptive and open to the world around them, while people with a hunched back may suffer from issues of self-esteem.

Anxiety can manifest in our body in 2 physical ways, through our muscles and our breath, i.e., our body becomes stiff and tense while our breath quickens.

• Here are 8 breathing exercises for anxiety you can try right now.

By learning how to manage our breath through the practice of pranayama and being more informed about the alignment of our own bodies, we can manage anxiety more efficiently as well as avoid panic attacks before they even occur.

Studies have shown that people who practice yoga regularly have more energy throughout the day.

Health benefits of yoga

As a lifestyle choice, yoga has proven to help with multiple health issues and is recommended by medical professionals all over the world as a complementary health approach and a holistic health practice.

– Practising yoga can lower the risk of heart disease and is recommended as a preventative measure especially for patients who have suffered from cardiac arrest.

– Yoga can also help reduce chronic stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia as well as chronic arthritis.

– It can help improve our overall brain health, especially brain functions such as attention and memory.

– Yoga is also great for improving your balance, which is all the more important for people who are older.

– It can help boost our immune system as well as help with thyroid issues such as hyperthyroidism as well as hypothyroidism.

– The practice of yoga can even help prevent diabetes.

– Pranayama is also great for the health of our lungs and can help us improve the quality of our breath.

These are just some of the many health benefits that yoga provides. With regular practice, yoga can help us lead healthier as well as more balanced lives.

Yoga can help improve our moods, temperament and stress levels

We face stressors in our daily lives, be it at home, work or even in social situations and stress can become a habit just like anything else. This constant low-stress mode we face throughout the day can impact how we think, how we act, and even our posture. They can gradually become the root cause of physical and mental illnesses, such as depression, anxiety and chronic pains.

Yoga can help boost our moods so we feel negative emotions less often. People who suffer from poor anger management and suffer short tempers can also benefit from yoga through the practice of pranayama and mindfulness and is often recommended by therapists. 

Yoga is more than just a form of exercise, it is a lifestyle choice that can help improve our mental and physical health. The next time you’re feeling stiff, stressed out or just low, do a small yoga practise and see how it affects your mind and your body. Over on the Ālaya Yoga platform we’ve got loads of great express classes on our live schedule as well as in our video back so you can practice anytime.

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