So, you’re interested in taking up yoga but aren’t sure where to start? Our simple 10-pose yoga routine will leave you feeling relaxed, yet energised.
Before you begin, have a look at some basic articles on yoga and meditation. If yoga is an entirely new routine for you, check with your doctor or GP before starting.Yoga overview from Fitness Finder Yoga 101 Meditation Yoga instructor Megan McCarver (creator of our Keyboard Yoga exercises) designed this programme to be simple and relaxing in any environment. Just click on the printer-friendly version; button to take this routine home with you, on your holiday, or anywhere you choose to feel the positive effects of the workout.
If one of the exercises doesn't feel natural to you or is painful, skip it and go on to the next one. The most important part of yoga is breathing deeply, so remember to do so throughout each exercise, and hold each pose for a count of five deep breaths. Enjoy.
1. Mountain Pose
Stand tall with your arms by your sides. Breathe gently and deeply.
2. Extended Mountain Pose Up on Your Toes
Interlace your fingers together and extend your hands up towards the ceiling as you slowly lift your heels off the floor and come up on to your toes. Give yourself time to become balanced, then breathe.
3. Tree Pose
Stand tall with your arms by your sides. Stare at one spot on the wall or floor in front of you to help keep your balance. Then, slowly grasp your left ankle and place the sole of your left foot against the inside of your right leg or thigh, as high up as you can. Take time to become balanced and breathe. As you become more confident, try to lift both arms overhead and press your palms together gently. Hold and repeat on the opposite side.