Yoga can help you relax during stressful times while increasing your body's balance and flexibility. Combine these yoga poses and add in a healthy diet with your weight loss vitamins to meet your goals.
Beginners can use the mountain pose to introduce themselves to yoga. First, stand tall with your feet together and shoulders relaxed. Leave your arms at your sides while evenly distributing your weight through the soles of your feet. Many yogis try to focus on distributing the weight between the four poles of each foot - front left, back left, front right and back right.
Next, take a deep breath and raise your hands overhead with your palms facing each other. Keep your arms straight as you reach up to the sky with your fingertips.
To increase your strength, do the downward dog. Start this position by getting on all fours with your hands directly under your shoulders and knees under hips. Next, you'll want to walk your hands forward just a few inches and press your palms into the mat while spreading your fingers wide. Then, curl your toes under and slowly press your hips toward the ceiling, making an inverted V with your body. Keep feet hip-width apart with knees slightly bent and hold the pose for three full breaths.
The warrior pose is good for your hips and also strengthens the quadriceps while improving flexibility. To complete this yoga pose, start in a standing position with your legs shoulder-width apart and arms relaxed at your side. Take a breath in and while exhaling, spread your feet three to four feet apart.
Then, raise your arms parallel to the floor with palms facing down. Turn your right foot in and left foot out 90 degrees so your toes are pointing away from your body. Bend your left knee of the left ankle and make your left thigh parallel to the floor, making a 90 degree angle. Straighten your right leg and press your heel out and down to the floor. Stretch your arms out and pretend you're spreading your shoulder blades apart with your arms while turning your head to look a your left hand. Hold the pose for at least 30 seconds or as long as 1 minute.
If you want to stretch your chest and thighs while extending your spine, try the bridge pose. First, lie on the floor with your knees bent and directly over your heels. Keep your arms to the side with your palms down. Breathe in and exhale, while doing so, press your feet into the floor while lifting your hips up. Then, clasp your hands under your lower back and press your arms down. Lift your hips until thighs are parallel with the floor and bring your chest toward your chin. Hold it for 1 minute and stack pillows under your tailbone to make the pose easier.