I’ve been doing yoga for a little under a month now, and my general fitness and flexibility has improved so much already
At the start I could barely hold downward dog for twenty seconds, now I’m practically begging to get into it as release after a thirty second plank
I’m still (BMI speaking) obese, yet yoga at home is helping me improve my fitness and tone my body in ways that going to the gym just can’t
I honestly recommend yoga to anyone
You don’t have to be into the spiritual side of it, the health benefits are so great regardless
I’d recommend this twenty minute beginners video if you’ve never tried it before. Keep coming back to that video until it’s easy - you don’t need blocks or resistance bands, you don’t even necessarily need a mat, just 20 minutes and enough space to comfortably move (a front room or bedroom is perfect)
Once that video is easy, you can comfortably hold all the poses without needing breaks, you can move onto the 30 day yoga challenge - linked to Day One
Granted, I’m still a newbie when it comes to yoga, and fitness in general, but this is a fun, relatively easy, and most of all free way to get in shape and feel healthy
The 11 Beginner Yoga Poses Everyone Pretends To Know (But May Be Doing Wrong)
1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
Stand tall, spine straight with feet parallel and big toes touching. Look straight ahead.
Common mistakes: The ribs and butt should not stick out too far. Try to keep your spine, from the top of your head to your tailbone, in one straight line.
Sochocki says: “Unlike regular standing, here you stand with a purpose, feeling the four corners of your feet, lifting up the knee caps, engaging the legs, drawing the the tailbone down and lifting the belly button in and up. Soften the shoulders down the back and turn the palms to face forward, imagine you have heavy rocks in your hands. Look straight ahead and feel the power of the Mountain!”
2. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)
Knees bent over the ankles, thighs as parallel to the floor as possible. Torso should form a right angle over your thighs. Move the feet closer together for a more advanced pose. Inhale as you raise your hands up.
Common mistakes: Knees should not go past the toes.
Sochocki says: “Place more weight over the heels to pull the knees away from hovering over the toes.”
3. Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
Start in mountain pose. Hinge from the hips on an exhale and fold over forward, keeping the spine as straight as possible. Let the head hang heavy, and relax the jaw. Keep feet hip-width apart for beginners or touching for intermediate/advanced students.
Common mistakes: A straight spine is more important than having straight legs. Bend your knees as much as needed to keep a straight spine with your chest touching your thighs.
Sochocki says: “Consistency in yoga is important and over time, the back of the legs will open in forward fold. Keep the knees soft, and don’t lock them.”
4. Downward-facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
From plank position, with your feet hip-width apart and hands shoulder-width apart, lift your hips toward the ceiling on an exhale until your body makes an inverted “V.” Eyes are looking between the legs or toward the belly. Pull the belly and ribs in.
Common mistakes: People with tight hamstrings and calves tend to form boxy poses. To correct this, bend the knees more, and draw the chest toward the tops of the thighs, pressing your hands firmly against the floor to pull the hips back.
Sochocki says: “It is more important to keep your back straight and less important to keep the legs straight.” You shouldn’t be afraid to bend the knees or lift the heels if needed. “Imagine that you are a fish and you’ve been hooked at the tailbone and are being pulled back to the boat. This will help lift the hips back and up.”
5. Warrior One (Virabhadrasana 1)
From downward-facing dog, step your right foot forward between your hands, turn your left heel in, and raise your torso and arms up on an inhale. The front foot’s heel should line up with the back foot’s arch, with the front of the knee directly over the ankle. Face both hips forward, draw the tailbone down, and pull the ribs in. Repeat pose on the opposite side of the body.
Common mistakes: The back hip should be facing forward and not outward, and the back foot should be closer to a 45-degree angle, not a 90-degree angle.
Sochocki says: “Imagine both your hips are headlights. You want both headlights facing forward.”
6. Warrior Two (Virabhadrasana 2)
Similar to warrior one, but with arms stretched out in opposite directions, parallel to the floor and in line with the shoulders. Raise arms and torso on an inhale. Back foot should be at a 90-degree angle, and front thigh should be parallel to the floor, with the front of the knee directly over the ankle. Eyes should look out over middle finger. Repeat pose on the opposite side of the body.
Common mistakes: The butt or belly should not stick out, and there should be no arch in the lower back. Foot alignment is also often wrong. Make sure that your front foot’s heel aligns with the back foot’s arch.
Sochocki says: “Imagine you are spreading your mat apart. To align your hips, place your hands on your hips to make sure you’re not leaning too much on one hip.”
7. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)
Step feet wide apart, creating a triangle from your feet to your pelvic bone. Start with turning one foot out by 90 degrees and the other inward by 15 degrees. Stretch arms out in line with the shoulders, and, on an exhale, rotate torso toward the outward-turned foot. Fingers should touch the shin for beginners or slightly touch the floor for advanced. The other arm should be reaching up with eyes looking at the raised hand, neck kept long and away from the shoulders. Shoulders and arms should form one line.
Common mistakes: The front hip should not jut out, and the back hip should not drop down.
Sochocki says: “To ensure good alignment, go into the pose very slowly.”
8. Child’s Pose (Balasana)
Child’s pose is a pose of surrender. Starting from a kneeling position, with toes touching and knees as wide as the shoulders, draw your hips down to your heels as your arms extend forward on the floor and your forehead lowers to the ground. Close your eyes and let your forehead rest on the ground. Breathe in whichever manner is comfortable to you.
Sochocki says: “There is no wrong way to do Child’s Pose. However, if you have tight hips, it can be helpful to place a blanket or pillow between your hips and heels and a block for your forehead.”
9. Baby Cobra (Ardha Bhujangasana)
This pose is done on the belly, with the pubic bone and the tops of the feet pressing into the ground. Feet are as wide as the hips and straight back. Hands are resting beside the rib cage, and elbows are squeezed back, reaching toward one another. Using the strength in the lower lumbar spine, peel the chest and upper ribs off the floor. Lift up on an inhale, take a few breaths, and lower down on an exhale.
Common mistakes: Hands should not be in front of the shoulders, and the shoulders should not be by the ears. To correct this form, draw the shoulders down the back, and pull the shoulders away from the ears.
Sochocki says: Your elbows should be at a 45 degree angle and you should use your lower back – with minimal push from your hands – to pull your torso off the floor.
10. Seated Twist with Leg Extended (Marichyasana)
The seated spinal twist neutralizes the spine. Start from a seated position, with butt on the ground and both legs parallel in front of you. Extend your left leg straight out, and flex the foot. Bend your right knee, and cross your right foot over the extended left leg. Left elbow pushes against the outside of the right knee, and right hand is placed on the floor on the right side of the body. Right hand should be planted behind the right side of the spine, supporting it. Look over the shoulder or as far as the neck allows. Repeat pose on the opposite side of the body.
Common mistakes: Do not round your back. Lengthen your spine by lifting your back up. Make sure your back hand is helping you life the spine up.
Sochocki says: “Exhale as you twist your spine. Inhale to create the space [in your torso] and the exhale will move you deeper into the space you’ve created.”
11. Upward-facing Dog* (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
From the plank position, with feet hip-width apart and arms shoulder-width apart, exhale and use your arms to slowly lower your body down until your elbows form a 90-degree angle. Use your toes to tilt your body forward and roll over your toes so the tops of your feet are flat on the ground. On an inhale, straighten your elbows so your entire torso, knees and thighs are lifted from the ground. Your hands and feet should be the only parts of your body touching the ground. Look slightly upward, past the tip of the nose. Exit the pose on an exhale.
Common mistakes: “I most commonly see students go into this pose before their back is ready for it. You can tell when their shoulders are high and near the ears. I recommend that beginners start with a cobra pose, closer to the floor. Cobra has little to no weight in the hands and will slowly build up the strength in the back.”
Sochocki says: “For those who are determined to master the up dog, make sure you press firmly down with the feet and keep drawing the chest through the arms. Lift from the center of the heart while pulling your shoulders down your back.”
School is a busy time for all of us, so here is a 30 day yoga video challenge! This challenge is great for those who wish to stick to their yoga routine when things start to get busy :) Even if you’re not in school anymore you could still try to challenge yourself with this!
Each day do a video, each video is short so there should be no reason why you can’t fit these into your day :)
[ 1/100 days of productivity] °•°•°☆
W Aug. 16, 2017
Well it’s officially my first day of classes as a college freshmen at Mississippi State University. Because of band camp I’ve actually been living on campus for about 11 days, but today I’m officially a student. I’m majoring in civil and environmental engineering. I started my day at 6am with a bowl of oatmeal and a little trip to the campus Starbucks for a pick me up before my first 8am class. After walking half a mile I found out my lab was postponed until Monday. So now I have two hours to kill until my pre cal class. I’ve been wanting to start my 100 days for a while so this was the perfect opportunity. I should probably explain the pictures. Since my day hasn’t quite started yet, I posted some bad pictures of my said of my dorm room which is just my desk and bed. I really love the white, soft pink, gold, and copper tones all together it think they make a nice study environment and my bed is so cozy. This morning I did a bible devotional in my free time, and also listened to the Dear Hank and John podcast, one of my favorite podcast. I feel like I used my time productively, but I’m quite eager to start my classes today. My schedule for today is now:
pre cal: 11-11:50
American govt. 12-12:50
& Into to Civ E. 2-3:15
I know my pictures are not the most astheticly pleasing, but I’m hoping to slowly improve on my photography over the next 100 days.
wowow it’s been a while mainly bc im struggling w my practice im not struggling in interest- im so interested and i just want to learn and work but i dont have the t i m e .
i work two part time jobs and i play a varsity sport aND im packing for college and a big trip
things are crazy and i am busy. which is really frustrating bc i want to work on my craft but im having such a hard time carving out the time
BUT i have found a (temporary) solution. Yoga. I’ve been doing a 30 day yoga challenge and ive noticed it really makes me focus on myself and feel in control and centered and grounded- omg it’s amazing at grounding. So i’ve been trying to work in some sigils and grounding while i do my daily yoga.
okokok im rambling, i love you all, feel free to message my lil bean self
I’ve gotten a little lax on the “no carb” rule basically because of money and time. But this weekend I’m gunna jump back into it. I’ve still been eating really healthy but I throw in carbs a few times a day.
I started a 30 day yoga challenge. If I’m not in a gym, I hate to work out. I really just want to tone up so I think yoga will be good for me.
Once again, send me whatever works for you! Recipes, work outs, motivational quotes! Haha
Today I did day 17 of my second 30 day yoga challenge!! 🐙 also I’ve exercised every day for the past five or six days which tbh is really impressive for me bc i have a lot of trouble getting motivated to do….. anything lol
I’m currently doing Adriene’s 30 day Yoga Challenge - and I am in love. As someone who’s been a “gym addict” for some time now, I didn’t expect to fall in love with yoga. Amazing core - this way comes!
Motivation is the key
- Water is your new best friend
- “When you finish your meal, how does that make you feel?”
Think hard - maybe tired or even guilty - OR
Happy, full of energy, ready to conquer the world? - Then eat some more!
I don’t talk here about parenting all the much because it seems that regardless of what I do or say I always get some kind of negative feedback or whatever but oh well.
I’m feeling frustrated with Joshie today. I was attempting to start a 30 days yoga challenge and I couldn’t get through a solid 5 minutes of it without him asking a question, or asking for something, or just in general being in the way.
The same thing has started to happen with blogging. This week has been my 3rd week doing it and this week I’ve found that it getting harder when I hoped it would get easier or at least tolerable.
He’s going to be 4 in November and I’m finding it harder and harder to entertain him. He’s going tons and tons of toys of course but I’m finding myself letting him watch more tv then I feel comfortable with just so I can get 5 minutes to myself to do something.
Would anyone want to do a 30 day yoga challenge with me?
We could commit to doing at least 10 minutes of yoga a day (of course aiming for more, but 10 minutes is better than nothing), be it in a class, or an at home practice. Honestly, it doesn’t even have to be yoga- if you just want to commit to 30 days of X Y or Z healthy habit with me, that would be awesome too.
Let me know if this is something you’d want to do or if you have any ideas! :)
Every day we get in touch, hold ourselves accountable, and encourage eachother. We could think of something fun or rewarding to do at the end of the month to celebrate (and then maybe start a new challenge lol).
Two weeks straight of working out! They say it takes 21 days to make a habit, and I’m almost there. Working out has been so good for my mental health as well 💖
Today I did Day 4 of Yoga with Adrienne’s 30 day yoga challenge!
I know I talked about this last time I did yoga, but I love seeing all the little improvements my body is making. My mom told me on Friday, “you’re just kicking ass at the gym!” It means a lot when people notice you working hard! And my mom is going to get a gym membership so we can work out together!
I hope everyone has a FABULOUS Sunday. Remember to stay hydrated and to eat. Don’t listen to diet culture. You need carbs and calories to be healthy :-)