Yoga for beginners: Top 5 asanas

Yoga can work wonders not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. There’s no better time to take up yoga for beginners. Embark on this fulfilling journey now. Here are a few things to keep in mind as a beginner if you are enrolling at Esha Yoga in Santa Clara or a yoga school closest to your home or office in California or anywhere in the world.

• Consult your physician if you are recovery from an injury or have some chronic health issues before starting. Inform your instructor and choose a suitable yoga style according to your bodily needs and personal goals.
• Wear something that fits you snugly and allows movements. The fabric should be breathable.
• Flexibility isn’t a prerequisite for yoga. The main objective of yoga is to improve your flexibility, core strength and balance. Take it slow. As your body loosens up with regular yoga practice, you’ll grow more flexible and feel calmer too. You may never perform those typical asanas and yet gain significantly from yoga. Practice what you can easily do.
• Concentrate on your breath from the start.
• While performing an asana, focus on maintaining balance. It’ll improve your concentration.
• Rest in between different asanas. For example, Child’s pose (explained later).
• Eat an hour before doing yoga.

Few asanas to begin with

1. Tadasana/mountain pose
Stand with shoulders relaxed and feet together with your weight balanced on feet and arms by your sides. Inhaling deeply, raise your arms, palms facing each other, over your head. Stretch towards the sky with your fingertips.

2. Child’s pose
Sit on your heels. Touch the mat with forehead bringing your chest as close to your thighs as you can. Stretch your arms in front and breathe lightly.

3. Cow/cat pose
Begin with the tabletop position, wrists directly under the shoulders and knees under the hips. Eyes towards the floor, keep head in a neutral position. (Cow pose) While inhaling, dip belly towards the mat. Lifting your chin and chest, look towards the ceiling. (Cat pose) While exhaling, curve your belly towards the ceiling like a cat stretching its back. Drop your head towards the mat but don’t push your chin towards the chest. Return to cow pose, inhaling. Exhale while going into cat pose. Take rest by sitting on heels in upright position (each pose can be held for 3 to 5 full breaths).

Sign up yoga for health and harmony. Esha Yoga has classes for the morning, afternoon and evening. And this makes perfect sense for a homemaker, office worker or student. Our schedule is tailor-made for everyone. Make the most of them. Call us now to register.

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