FIVE Simple Yoga Poses to Improve Balance
Yoga is an amazing way to stretch and elongate your muscles while also stimulating your core. While yoga is often associated with mindfulness, it also helps increase your balance and flexibility.
Here is a list of Solo-Step’s favorite simple poses for first-timers to ensure a safe yet beneficial yoga practice:
Child’s Pose: Aside from Corpse Pose (aka only laying down on your back) this might be the easiest pose in the practice of yoga. While it’s incredibly simple, it’s very effective for creating flexibility in shoulders and spines. To achieve this pose, sit comfortably on your heels. Roll your torso forward and place your forehead to rest on the floor. Slowly extend your arms past your head as you lower your chest as close as you can to your knees. Hold the pose and breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth.
Tree Pose: Begin standing in Mountain pose with your arms at your side. Distribute your weight evenly through your feet. Shift your weight to your right foot and reach down to grab your left foot. Place your foot either above or below your knee, or beside the opposite ankle if you are a beginner. Keep your hips squared to the front of the room while drawing your hands together to prayer position. Inhale and pull your hands overhead. Hold for up to 60 seconds, then try the pose on the opposite side. Tree pose is known for helping with balance issues.
Overall, practicing these five simple poses over time will help enhance your flexibility and balance.