Top 5 Yoga Poses

We yoga lovers always looking to improve ourselves. I present you my favorite top 5 yoga poses.

1.Mountain Pose

Mountain Pose is the base for all standing poses; it gives you a sense of how to ground in to your feet and feel the earth below you. Mountain pose may seem like “simply standing,” but there is a ton going on.

How to do it: Start standing with your feet together. Press down through all ten toes as you spread them open. Engage your quadriceps to lift your kneecaps and lift up through the inner thighs. Draw your abdominals in and up as you lift your chest and press the tops of the shoulders down.

2.Downward Facing Dog

The downward dog pose or downward-facing dog is the quintessential yoga pose. Even people who don’t follow a regular practice will likely recognize it.

Like the other asanas we’ve considered, it is also a part of a traditional Sun Salutation Series.

Begin by kneeling on all fours on your mat.

Your knees should rest directly below your hips. Place your hands with your fingers spread slightly forward of your shoulders.

Then, inhale and exhale as you lift your knees from the mat. Keep them bent as you raise your buttocks upward.

Slowly straighten your knees, keeping them soft. Make sure your head stays between your outstretched arms as you tighten them.

Keep your shoulders wide. Stay in this position for at least one minute, working your way up to two or three minutes.

The challenge with this pose is getting your heels to the floor. Beginners may stay on the balls of their feet.

3.Triangle Stance

From a lunge stance, spin the back heel down, toes on a 60 degree angle forward. Bottom palm can rest on the shin or a block outside of the foot, extend the top arm straight to the ceiling. Legs are straight, look to externally rotate the front thigh, slight internal rotation of the back leg. Stay for five to 10 breaths. Repeat on the other side!

4.Plank

Plank teaches us how to balance on our hands while using the entire body to support us. It is a great way to strengthen the abdominals, and learn to use the breath to help us stay in a challenging pose.

How to do it: From all fours, tuck under your toes and lift your legs up off the mat. Slide your heels back enough until you feel you are one straight line of energy from your head to your feet.

5.Low Lunge Pose

The low lunge pose is a great move for runners and hikers because it stretches the groin and thigh muscles. These muscles often get tight after strenuous workouts.

Like the other poses, it is also a part of the Sun Salutation Series. You can do this pose from downward dog or as a transition from plank pose.

You’ll find many yoga moves go smoothly from one to the next which adds a rhythm to your workouts. Along with using your breath to guide your movements, you can easily build a practice to suit your needs.

Well it was’t simple to narrow them down to 5, there is so much more in yoga. If you’r interest in yoga leggings check out our page Yoga Leggings

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