When you start with yoga, you may find some poses challenging for you to accomplish. You may find that you are straining a bit or are unable to complete a pose correctly. You may run into the same problem when you switch yoga styles. If this sounds like your current situation, here are some Hatha yoga poses that are easy for beginners to accomplish and add to their routine.
Standing Forward Bend
The standing forward bend pose is one of the most straightforward Hatha yoga poses for beginners. You do this pose by standing with your feet flat on the ground. Take in a deep breath and bend over as you slowly exhale. You will take your fingers and place your fingertips as close to the floor as possible. Your face should be touching your legs. The position has you bent over with your knees as close to your face as possible.
The corpse pose is done on your back and may not even seem like a yoga pose at first. You are lying on your back with your hands palm up at an angle to your sides. Your feet are shoulder-width apart, with the soles of your feet facing out. You lay in this pose and begin to breathe in and out slowly. This pose aims to recognize the parts of your body that have stress and to work on releasing that stress and tension. This can be an effortless pose, but it can also be uncomfortable until you are used to it. A rolled towel or yoga accessory block can help with neck support in this pose.
The wall bend has you lying on your back. Your legs are placed against the wall as if you are sitting on the wall. This pose is ideal if you are having leg pain and trying to build flexibility in your legs. You lay with your legs flat and work out the muscles against the wall. It can also release stress.
The tree pose is the most common pose next to downward facing dog. Start by standing with your feet flat on the floor. Bring your hands to the praying position in front of the center of your chest. Bring one of your legs up and place your foot flat against the side of your standing knee. This often looks like the hanged man card from tarot as well.
There are many more poses that you can try, but by starting with these, you can build your body strength and your flexibility to accomplish an increased number of poses later. If you are unsure if you are doing a pose right, consider seeking an instructor to ensure you are doing the poses correctly so you can do them on your own.