By: Chelsie Popp (@ChellyBeats)
Tuesday, June 21st was International Yoga Day! To celebrate this wonderful occasion, we’re showing you 7 beginner poses that we don’t know at all!
Pictured is Radio Humber’s Nathan White.
First Position: Cat Pose or “Marjaryasana”
Directions: Start on your hands and knees and form a ‘tabletop’ type pose. When you exhale, push your back upwards. Come back down to the tabletop position as you inhale.
Benefits: Stretches your back, neck, and middle. Gives a gentle massage to your spine and stomach organs.
Second Position: Seated Forward Fold or “Paschimottanasana”
Directions: Sit up straight with your legs flat in front of you. Slowly lower torso in front of you. Reach hands to your toes or ankles. To deepen the pose, carefully pull your head towards your feet. Warning: May cause diarrhea.
Benefits: Calms the brain and helps relieve stress. Improves digestion.
Third Position: Shoulder Stand or “Salamba Sarvangasana”
Directions: Lay with your shoulders supported and your head on the floor. Keep your arms beside your torso. Bend your knees and slowly lift your pelvis and legs into the air. Use your hands to support your lower back.
Benefits: Stretches your shoulders and neck. Tones your legs and buttocks.
Fourth Position: Extended Hand-To-Toe or “Utthita Hasta Padangustasana”
Directions: Bring your knee towards your belly. Slide your hand down to your foot and extend your leg outwards. Straighten the knee as much as possible. Focus on your breathing as it helps with balance.
Benefits: Improves balance. Strengthens your legs and ankles.
Fifth Position: Upward Bow or “Urdhva Dhanurasana”
Directions: Lay on the floor with your knees bent. Bend your elbows and place palms beside your head. Carefully push torso and pelvis towards the sky. Stay in position for 30 seconds.
Benefits: Stretches the chest and lungs. Increases energy.
Sixth Position: Boat or “Paripurna Navasana”
Directions: Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you. Place your hands on the floor beside you with elbows bent. Slowly lift legs straight into the air. Keep your belly firm. Lift hands upwards, parallel to your legs.
Benefits: Strengthens abdomen, hips, and spine. Improves digestion.
Last Position: Corpse or “Savasana”
Directions: Lay down and relax.
Benefits: Calms the brain and helps relieve stress.