Monday, March 4, 2013

4 Easy Yoga Poses (a.k.a. my favorites)

For those of us following the March Madness challenge I posted on my Facebook page, today’s challenge is to do some yoga.  Personally, I’m not a huge fan of attending yoga classes.  I much prefer Pilates to yoga.  I know it’s wonderful for you, so I wish I liked it better, but I just don’t.  Perhaps I’m too intimidated by some of the poses?  I like the restful ones!

While I wouldn’t take a yoga class regularly, I still do yoga poses a few times a week because I enjoy the stretching aspect of it.  Posting my favorite poses for you below (really, the only poses I do!).  Give them a shot and let me know what you think.  Also, if you are a yoga-lover, I would love to hear your perspective about it!

1. Cobra I have lower back pain from time to time, and this pose really helps after a weightlifting workout where I’m focusing on my back. 


2. Hero - This one is great post-run or after working your legs doing squats and lunges.

3. Plank - In my opinion, this is the best core strengthener around.
4. Child's Pose - I think this is such a peaceful pose.  I end every post-workout stretching session with this pose.  It gives me 30 seconds to reflect on my workout, take some pride, and be happy it’s done!

1 comment:

  1. I have been getting into yoga the last year. I like the gentle yoga class I take because she holds the poses longer and I really like the effect of relaxing into a pose. I tend to stay tight, but yoga helps me relax. I like taking a class because she will say to relax some part of the body and I will notice how tight I am in that body part. When I am doing it alone, I don't think I get the pose in the totally relaxed way I do when I'm in a class. Love the plank too.