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Getting started with a yoga practice may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Below are seven foundational yoga poses that are easy to do regardless of your level of experience.

Tree Pose

  1. Begin in Mountain Pose and shift weight into all four corners of your left foot.
  2. Reach down to grab your right ankle and hug your foot into your left calf.
  3. Standing, press your palms together and in front of your hear

Warrior 1 

  1. From mountain pose, step your feet out wide on the mat (approximately five feet) and turn to the left.  
  2. The toes of your right foot should be pointing toward the tip of the mat and your left foot should be turned to a 45-degree angle.
  3. Bend your right knee over your right ankle while keeping your left leg straight and strong.
  4. Keeping your core strong, raise your arms and bring your palms together while gently gazing upward.

 

Warrior 2

  1. Standing in the center of your mat, place your feet out wide (approximately five feet apart) and turn to the left.  
  2. The toes of your right foot should be pointing toward the tip of the mat and your left foot should be turned to a 45-degree angle.
  3. Bend your right knee over your right ankle while keeping your left leg straight and strong.
  4. Extend your arms on each side so that they are parallel to each leg.
  5. Gaze toward your right middle finger.

 

Mountain Pose

  1. Ground down into all four corners of your feet.
  2. Roll your shoulder blades back and down.
  3. Engage your core muscles, which include the inner and outer abdominals as well as the diaphragm, back, hips and the inner and outer thighs.
  4. Stand with your arms extended down and your palms facing outward.

 

Triangle Pose

  1. Standing in the center of your mat, step your feet out wide (approximately five feet apart) and turn to the left.
  2. Keeping both legs straight, reach your right hand down toward the inner side of your right ankle.
  3. Raise your left hand to the sky.
  4. Turn your gaze up toward your left index finger and thumb.

 

Downward Facing Dog

  1. Begin on your hands and knees, with your wrists directly beneath the shoulders and your knees directly beneath the hips.
  2. By engaging your core, arms and sit bones, allow your pelvis to reach toward the ceiling.
  3. Relax the head and neck.
  4. Pedal your feet and attempt to move the heels toward the ground before coming into stillness.

 

Bridge Pose

  1. Lie on your back and bend both knees. Your feet should be flat on the floor and hip-width apart.
  2. Your arms should be at your sides, palms facing down.
  3. Planting your feet firmly into the floor, lift your hips.
  4. Press your palms together and interlace your fingers; the sides of your arms should remain on the mat.

 

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