Your 5-Step Yoga Starter Pack

Breathe in. Breathe out. If the stress of transitioning into your first, second, third, or fourth year of college has you feeling anxious, now is the time to see what yoga can do for your mind, body, and spirit. For anyone interested in practicing yoga, it should be noted that simple stretches and repetitive yoga positions can improve flexibility, strength, and burn calories. With this in mind, here are 5 simple positions for any yoga beginner.

1. Mountain Pose

 

The Mountain Pose is one of the first yoga positions you can master. Place both feet together and raise your arms. Gradually lift your heels off the ground and breathe in. Slowly return them back to your original stance and breathe out.

2. Warrior Pose

 

Spread your feet two to three feet apart. Lift your arms and spread them out so that they are aligned with your chest. Bend your left knee and point your left foot in the direction of your knee, while keeping your other foot pointed forward. Shift your weight onto your left knee and hold this position for 12 breaths. Then switch to your right knee.

3. Tree Pose

 

Place both of your feet together on the yoga mat with your arms to your sides. Lift your left foot up to your right thigh and lift both arms in a prayer position. Balance on your right foot for 15 breaths. Then switch off to your left foot.

4. Downward Dog

Place both of your hands and feet on the yoga mat, with your knees under your hips. Slowly move each palm forward for a few inches until your body is in an inverted “V” position. Hold this position for 10 breaths. Return to your original position and repeat.

5. Crow Pose

First position your body in the downward dog position. Bend your elbows slightly and rest your knees against your triceps. Gradually lift your feet off the ground and hold this position for 5 breaths. This position is slightly more challenging, so do not worry if it takes several tries or yoga sessions to lift your body weight up.

Yoga is a great way to relax and spend time recollecting your thoughts. Try out these 5 yoga positions to get started. Once you have mastered these positions, do not hesitate to go online for more challenging yoga positions or even attend your first yoga class.