Yoga is a slow and steady path of bringing balance to your whole self, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I could list some beginning postures for you, and you could practice them just as you would any good stretching exercises, but I don't like to devalue yoga as a simple stretching routine. Because yoga will help you get in touch with the deepest core of your well-being, I really recommend you try taking a few beginner's classes near your home. In the meanwhile, you can prepare by doing the following postures:
- Lie on your back with your knees up and feet slightly apart, being careful to bring your attention to your abdomen by placing your hands on your belly. As you inhale, push your abdomen outward, making your belly round. As you exhale, let your abdomen sink toward your backbone and feel your hand sink down. The breath guides all yoga postures, so getting in touch with your deeply relaxing breath is a great starting point.
- Next, try a knee-to-chest pose, bringing one bent leg at a time up toward your chest. Don't hold your breath -- breathe naturally and easily. Then switch legs. This lower-back stretch is ideal for morning and evening routines.
- Another wonderful (and very simple) pose is the cat stretch. On all fours, bring your chin and tailbone up as you inhale, making a saddle in your back. Then exhale and round out your back, tucking your pelvis and bringing it forward. Repeat three times.
- Finally, try the child's pose. Sit back on your heels and bring your arms straight out in front of you with the fingers spread. Rest your forehead on the carpet. Breathe a few minutes in this surrender or child's pose; it relieves back tension and stimulates circulation to all your organs.