De-stress with fun yoga exercises and tutorials
Did you also enjoy the yoga workshops during the Student Experience June sports month and do you want to continue your yoga practice or were you not able to join and would you still like to achieve the ultimate Zen mode? You don’t need much to do a yoga workout, so it’s easy to do it in your own studio. Slide that table aside, roll out your mat or towel and let’s begin! Below you find powerful poses for beginners and cool tutorials to clear your head after a busy academic year while you work on a strong and flexible body.
Starting easy and slow is essential to fully focus on yourself and your breathing. In this pose, you sit on your knees, extend your arms (or put them next to your body), bend forward and rest your head on the mat as you try to bring your buttocks towards your heels. Stay in this position for about a minute.
The child pose is a great way to relax, but also works well to regain balance after performing heavier yoga exercises that require you to bend backwards.
Downward facing dog
You have probably heard of this exercise, because it is one of the most popular yoga poses. Place your hands and feet firmly on the floor and, on an exhale, push your buttocks up to an angle of about 90 degrees. You stretch your back, hamstrings and calves with this exercise and it would help against headaches, back pain and insomnia. Hold this exercise for 1 to 3 minutes.
Moving from downward facing dog straight to plank position is the perfect transition because it makes it easier to get into this position. Step back with your feet and place your arms directly under your shoulders. Keep your legs straight, your back straight, and pull your belly button in. It is important that your cervical vertebrae are in line with your back. This pose strengthens the muscles in your back and let's face it; also your perseverance. How long can you do hold this position?
The warrior I
Do you already feel like a real yoga guru? Then it's time for The Warrior. Begin standing, then take a big step forward with your right foot. With your foot parallel and toes pointing to the top of the mat, bend your knee into a lunge. Make sure it doesn't extend beyond your ankle and your heels stay on the floor. Keep your left leg straight behind you and turn your left heel in at approximately 45 degrees. Raise your arms straight above your head, keeping your shoulders pressed down. The warrior is an exercise in balance and concentration. Mastering this one? Then you can also try The Warrior II.
The cobra is a nice exercise to finish with. Lie on your stomach and place your hands firmly on the floor. Inhale, straighten your arms and reach forward with your upper body, keeping your shoulders pressed down. Breathe slowly for 15 to 30 seconds, put your chest back on the floor and repeat the exercise a few times. The Cobra pose opens the chest, lungs and shoulders and helps to reduce stress and fatigue. You will no longer need a power nap between studying!
We have helped you on your way with these 5 yoga exercises for beginners, but there are many great tutorials online that allow you to continue and expand your yoga workout from home. Yoga with Adriene has over 10 million YouTube subscribers and offers all kinds of different yoga tutorials; from simple stretches to energetic morning flows. There is something for everyone. In addition, the videos of Fightmaster Yoga are also absolutely worth watching. This feel good yoga is not about the pose and you don't have to be perfect. Sounds like music to the ears isn’t it? Are you a more advanced yogi? Then the Yoga Dose channel is for you. Challenge yourself with harder poses and longer workouts.
See you next year at the Student Experience Yoga Class!