6 Simple Yoga Poses That Will Make You Feel Good

Posted on 15 October 2017

Yoga poses to make you feel good

Are you interested in yoga but not sure where to start?  Or looking to get back to basics with some really simple, restorative poses? 

This collection of favourites from my wonderful yogi friends, are a wonderful selection of postures that will provide you with an all over body stretch, regrounding and make you feel amazing. I am personally loving each of these poses and I'm looking forward to creating a yoga flow combining them in a sequence.

 

Legs Up The Wall Beginners Yoga Poses 

Legs Up The Wall (Viparita Karani)

Legs Up The Wall is such an amazing restorative pose. Newly mama-of-three Andy, of Yoga Mamas, recommended this pose as it's suitable for both pregnancy and postpartum. Andy says she loves it because it is "super calming for the nervous system. As mamas, we could lie here for ages!" Use a bolster or rolled towel for support.

Andy is a yoga therapist, yoga teacher and one half of Yoga Mamas. Yoga Mamas guides mamas & those-to-be how to live in the flow of life using yoga as the inspiration. Follow Yoga Mamas on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Reclining Hero Pose
Reclined Over A Bolster
Kate, the other mama from Yoga Mamas, loves this beginner's pose because "it is nourishing opening for the chest and spine". Legs can come to butterfly (soles of feet together, knees wide) to add a hip opening option. If you don't have a bolster, rolled up blankets & towels work well too.

Kate is a yoga therapist, yoga teacher and one half of Yoga Mamas. Yoga Mamas guides mamas & those-to-be how to live in the flow of life using yoga as the inspiration. Follow Yoga Mamas on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Trikonasa Triangle Yoga Pose for Beginners

Extended Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

Trikonasana, or Extended Triangle Pose, is a wonderful pose for beginners, strengthening the ankles, knees and thighs and stretching and lengthening through the lower body and spine.  As demonstrated by the beautiful Zoe from BloomYoga in France; "I love this three angle stretch!"

Zoe is the founder of BloomYoga. Yoga is her passion, studying with yoga masters around the world for over 10 years. Zoe now shares her gift and love of yoga with students at her studio in France. Follow BloomYoga on Facebook or Instagram

 

Beginners Yoga Poses Balasana Childs Pose

Child's Pose (Balasana) 
One of Melissa's favorite yoga poses that she come backs to again and again is Child's Pose or Balasana. It is a posture that she loves teaching and practicing. Melissa says "Balasana is a grounding posture that is beautiful to start with in our yoga practice or an amazing resting place at any time during our practice. I instinctively move into balasana when I begin practicing as I love connecting to my mat and the earth, and at that deep connection I focus on cultivating my energy and breath."

Melissa is a yoga teacher and author of the Paddison Program Glowing & Showing a natural pregnancy guide for expectant mamas. Follow Melissa on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Camel Pose Beginners

Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

Camel Pose gives a beautiful stretch through the front of the body and hip flexors. Renee says "Torso extension is usually either loved or loathed depending on how easily it comes to you. I personally love it, it suits me and my 'Pilates brain' just fine."  If you are working on flexibility in your back, a variation here is to place you hands on your lower back/gluteus for support and lean back, pushing your hips forwards. 

Renee is a Pilates instructor and founder of Pilates House, a luxury Pilates studio for women, and yoga enthusiast. Follow Renee on Facebook or Instagram.

 

Beginners Yoga Cobra Pose
Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
For me, cobra pose, as demonstrated here by Renee, always makes me feel great. As someone who sits at a desk all day, this is such a great all over strengthen and stretch. I love including sun salutations to start my day and cobra is one of my favourite parts of the sequence.

 

What are your favourite yoga postures? 

 

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