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Top beginner yoga poses

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People who do practice Yoga are very dedicated to the exercise. They claim it helps them in every aspect of their lives not just their fitness level. According to Time of India on Dec. 31, 2013, the Stanford NFL players do yoga to improve their strength, balance and concentration. The following poses are great for the beginning yogi to get their feet wet, before trying to tackle the harder poses.

Mountain

You can practice the mountain poses alone or in between other poses. The mountain poses can help you improve your posture greatly. In most advance poses, the instructor will ask you to return to the mountain pose.

Uttanasana

This pose is also called Standing Forward bend. In this pose, you touch your toes basically. It is a pose used to reduce tension, pain, and fatigue. You can do this pose with your knees bend or straight.

Cobra

Rodney Yee, whom is a famous Yoga instructor, list the cobra pose as one of the top ten vital yoga poses. This pose is used to warm up your core and back muscles. Instead of trying to get your back to be lifted off the floor, it is helpful to focus on keeping your shoulders down and elbows to the side. This concentrates on form instead of the ability to do the pose perfectly.

Downward dog

Downward dog pose is one of the most common yoga poses. Many other routines implement this pose into the routine because it is such an important pose. Many experts state it is a staple in many exercise routines. In this pose you place your hands about 5 feet apart on the floor with legs at the same distance. This exercise literally stretches every muscle in your body.

Warrior

Warrior one, Warrior two, and Warrior Three all are very popular poses. The warrior poses stretch the legs, hips and glutes. They also open the hips so you can complete the more advanced poses. Warrior poses help you become much more aware of how to stretch your body in every direction simultaneously.

Triangle Pose

The triangle pose is both challenging and beautiful to see. It can be a difficult pose but once you are able to do it correctly it is rewarding. The Yoga Journal recommends this pose to relieve stress, backaches and to stretch the hips, pelvic areas, and legs.

Supported headstand

A headstand is a pose that is very hard to master. When training yourself to do this pose, you should use a chair or wall. It is important to support your head well to avoid injury and to use your core muscles. Once you have the confidence that you can complete this pose with ease, try to do it without any support.

Yoga is not only an exercise for many people it is a way of life. Those who practice it will apply yoga to their daily life. For this reason many half-jokingly claim, yoga is their religion. These poses list will help you decide if yoga is right for you. It won't take you long to be hooked, wanting to learn harder poses and reaping the benefits of applying yoga to your life.

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