Time: 50 minutes
A beginner yoga routine for the budding yogi! Yoga is a great focus and destress exercise for the body and mind, but it can also be a great strength workout for your muscles. Here are four beginner yoga poses to make you stretch and sweat.
Cody’s Beginner Yoga Routine:
Start out by doing this beginner vinyasa flow to warm up, then repeat the same sequence after each of these poses to complete a full yoga workout routine.
Stand with your feet placed about 4 feet apart, your arms held out at shoulder level, and your palms facing down. Keeping your torso facing forward, look down the length of your right arm as you bend your right knee and sink down into a high lunge. Moving at your own pace, slowly bend and straighten your right knee so that you are rising and sinking in and out of Warrior II. Do this until your thighs are tired, then switch and repeat on the other side.
Hold a strong plank pose, making sure your spine is as straight as possible. Inhale and exhale as you alternate lifting one limb from the ground at a time. For example, lift your right arm, balancing on your other three limbs, and hold for a few breaths before replacing your right arm on the ground and lifting your left. Repeat with your legs.
Stand with your feet slightly apart and your arms above your head, palms facing inwards towards each other. Slowly bend your knees and sink as far as you can towards the ground, letting your torso naturally lean forwards a bit. Hold this chair pose for as long as you can.
Sit on the ground with your legs fully extended, and slowly lean back as you lift your legs off the ground. Balance on your sit-bones, letting your torso and legs make a “V” shape as you engage your abs. Extend your arms in front of your, to the side of your legs, and use them for balance. Hold the full boat pose as long as you can, remembering to breathe.