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5 Yoga Poses You Should Practice Every Day to Improve Your Yoga Skills

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Yoga is something you can do at any time in almost any place. There are so many health benefits of yoga that it doesn’t make any sense not to practice it.

If you are looking to get into it, there are some basic poses that you should consider doing every day.

You don’t have to be an expert to do any of these poses. They are mostly designed for people of any skill set when it comes to yoga.

For the experts, these poses can be used as transition poses to get you to the more difficult ones. For the beginners, these poses are all you really need to do until you can get into more advanced poses.

5 Yoga Poses to Practice Every Day

These are great overall yoga poses for beginners. You’ll find them in almost every single yoga routine that you do because they are great for preparing your body for the more intense poses and they also function as great transition poses.

1. Downward Facing Dog

Downward facing dog should always be done either before or after any yoga sequence you do. With this pose, you will be able to stretch the entire back side of your body, from the top of your neck all the through to the bottom of your heels.

Next to child’s pose, downward facing dog is probably the most popular pose practiced in yoga. It’s simple so it should be no problem for everyone to perfect in a short amount of time.

The muscles engaged by doing this pose will prepare your body for almost every other pose that you will be doing.

2. Four Limbed Staff Pose

Although this may not seem like you are stretching anything, you are engaging a lot of muscles and creating blood flow that you’ll need in your body.

You are engaging your core and all the muscles in your arms. Doing this pose will lead to you having much better balance. If you are wanting to eventually work towards doing handstands and other variations of that, this is something you really need to do all the time.

Balance starts with your core. So, the stronger your core, the better your balance will be. You obviously have to build strength in other areas of your body as well. This pose does just that. You will be gaining strength in your arms, but surprisingly, you’ll be gaining strength in your legs as well.

The four-limbed staff pose builds strength all over your body. A benefit that can’t be overlooked.

3. Child’s Pose

Something every person wanting to do yoga should learn on their first day. Child’s pose is basically the go-to resting position for all yoga routines.

Not only is this pose great to compose yourself, it helps you open up your back and your hips. When you aren’t really feeling any other poses, child’s pose is a great one to do instead.

Yes, the main focus will be on your lower back, but you’ll be stretching your shoulders and chest as well. When you are able to stretch all of these areas at once, you are releasing tension that may be stored from all over your body.

4. Cobra Pose

This pose will get your body prepared for more advanced poses that’ll give you a deep lower back stretch along with stretching your hip flexors.

You are supposed to keep your hips glued to the ground for this pose and push yourself up as far as you can. For beginners, this is probably going to be somewhat difficult because you’re going to feel as though you aren’t off the ground at all.

This is to be expected. As time goes on, you’ll be able to get further off the ground because your flexibility should be steadily increasing.

5. Corpse Pose

The corpse pose is something you should do at the end of every yoga workout. It brings everything full circle.

It may just seem like you are laying down on your back, but it is much more than that. You can truly find your center. Being in the corpse pose will allow you to truly relax your body, mind, and spirit. It makes them become one.

Your mind slows down and you can really find your peace.

It Can Be Simple

You don’t have to go through a bunch of different yoga poses every single day. You can keep it simple with the poses listed above until you feel as though you have perfected them. When this happens, you will then be able to move on to more advanced moves.

Sometimes it’s nice to perfect the simple things about a practice before you even think about going to things that are more advanced.

If you are a beginner, you don’t need to force yourself to try and become a master immediately. That just isn’t realistic. Doing these poses every single day will put you on the right path to becoming a master. Incorporating them with other yoga routines will only help in the grand scheme of things.

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