Yoga is one of the best ways to beat stress, lose weight and tone every part of your body. The best benefit of all is that anyone can do yoga. It doesn’t matter how old you are, your experience level, whether you had a few injuries in the past or if your body doesn’t bend the way it once did. As long as you have a few free minutes every day, you can perform a few yoga moves at home.
Stand with your feet planted firmly on the ground and shoulder width apart. Keep your hands resting on your legs as you take a deep breath. Slowly inhale and bring your hands up and across your body to meet right above the top of your head. Exhale as you bring your hands back down to your legs.
Downward Facing Dog
Downward Facing Dog is one of the easiest yoga positions. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and slowly lean forward until your hands touch the ground. Keep a deep V with your body as you inhale and exhale. If you can’t quite reach the ground, move your feet back and forth until you find a more comfortable position. If you’re a little more flexible, step up and hold your weight on your toes or the balls of your feet.
Stand with your feet flat on the floor and a slight bend in your knees. Walk your feet out until your feet are should width apart. Sit back slightly and carefully twist your torso to one side as you bring your hands up. You want to bend at the waist without turning your entire upper body, and you want your hands flat and parallel with the floor. Hold for several seconds before returning to center.
Lay flat on the floor with your forehead touching the ground. Place your palms flat on the floor near your body with your thumbs close to your shoulders. Extend your legs behind you and keep a slight curve in your toes. Take a deep breath and lift your upper body. Keep your lower body pressed against the floor and try to use only your abdominal and upper body muscles to pull yourself up. Hold for several seconds before releasing.
These simple yoga positions help you battle stress and feel calmer and more peaceful. After trying a few moves at home, you might even want to take a class at your local studio. Always consult with your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen.