Easy Yoga Poses

Easy Yoga Poses

EVERYONE can benefit from yoga practice.

So, whether you are a beginner or never done yoga before, there are some simple poses that will help with your overall well-being.

Yoga is simply about opening the channels in the body to let energy flow freely and is also about calming the mind through focus on the breath.

Most people still think that you need to be super flexible to practice yoga but believe it or not, you can get all these benefits with poses that don’t require strength or flexibility.

I have put together a simple guide to three easy yoga poses that don’t require flexibility but will enhance your well-being.


1. Legs Up The Wall.

Simply lie on your back on the floor with your legs resting up the wall.

You may need to adjust to get your body closer to the wall, you may also put a blanket under your hips for support.

Just lie there and breathe deeply for at least five minutes or as long as you want.

To get out of this posture, roll onto your side before sitting up slowly.

The benefits:

first, you will relax, second, you will feel the swelling go down in your ankles and feet, third, you will notice the slight hamstring and glute stretch that will release the muscles in your lower back.

If you continue practicing this pose you will be giving your heart a much needed rest from pumping blood all the way to your feet and back.


2. Sphinx Pose.

This asana is a beginning backbend in yoga that helps to open the chest and lungs and also ease the lower back.

It is also the perfect backbend alternative for those with wrist pain.

Start by lying face down on the floor, arms at your sides, with your legs extended behind you.

Do not tuck your toes, as this can crunch your spine.

Inhale, then on your exhalation place your forearms on the floor, parallel to each other.

Inhale and open the chest and gently look up – let your face and eyes soften.

Hold for five breaths.

To release, exhale as you slowly lower your torso, chest and head to the floor. relax your arms at your sides, turn your head to the side and rest.

The benefits:

lengthens the abdominal muscles, strengthens the spine.

It stimulates the digestive organs and soothes the nervous system.

It also warms the spine and helps to rebalance the natural curve of your lower back.


3. Child’s Pose.

Begin on your knees and lower your hips back towards the heels and reach your arms forward.

Relax your forehead down to the floor.

Soften the shoulders and take a few deep breaths here, with every exhale releasing any tension, allowing hips to sink gradually and naturally towards the heels.

To release the pose, gently use your hands to walk your torso upright to sit back on your heels.

The benefits:

this resting pose soothes, calms and centres the brain, making it a therapeutic posture for relieving stress.

Child’s pose restores balance for the body and mind.


Start with these easy yoga poses and you will soon feel better – and your body will open to the possibility to other poses too.



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Magda is a YMCA qualified Hatha yoga teacher in SW London and provides private yoga lessons and yoga therapy to clients.

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