Posts Tagged ‘beginner yoga poses’

What Are Some Great Yoga Positions For Beginners

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Bikram Yoga is also referred to as Hot Yoga because it is performed for ninety minutes in a room that is heated to one hundred and five degrees Fahrenheit. There are twenty six sequential poses (exercises) that can be done by beginners as well as Yoga practitioners.

The Bikram Yoga instructor will help a beginner know his/her limitations and help them do the Bikram Yoga poses accordingly. The feeling of dizziness and nausea can accompany the routines because it is all done in heat. The suggested apparel should be layered and light so that clothing is bearable in the heated Yoga room.  Whether you’re a beginner or not, it’s wise to exercise on an empty stomach and drink a lot of water. For beginners, it is normal and is appropriate to take a rest when needed. When you are just starting out, it is perfectly normal and acceptable to sit quietly and take a rest if needed.

Beginner Yoga poses are not all easy but some of them are less complicated than others.

Here are the instructions for the Chair Pose, which is one of your awkward postures.

  • Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Inhale; raise your arms straight out above the shoulders, fingers pointing toward the mirror or wall in front of you.
  • Exhale while bending your knees until the thighs are parallel to the floor. You can bend slightly forward to attain this position.
  • Roll your shoulders back opening your chest, keep you spine long. Hold this pose for thirty to sixty seconds.

There are Bikram Yoga poses that address certain health issues as well weight loss.

Day 69 – Lovin’ The Afternoon Limberness!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
Dead Body Pose

Dead Body Pose

With a number like 69 and bragging about my limberness – wow, if this blog wasn’t named Yoga2010 – that statement could be grossly misinterpreted.  Oh well.

There is something about afternoon classes that give me great limberness.  I like that very much.  However, the head count is something I could do without.  There were 28 people in class today – which is less than there was on Monday – but still way too many people – more people = more smells!

I tell you what, with my knee being the way it is, I feel like all I can do is beginner yoga poses – not the Bikram yoga postures that I have been working on for months.

The girl behind me and to my right had the most beautiful body – and I can only wish that mine will look like that someday.

Shangane was the instructor for today’s class.  She is originally from Russia or the former USSR – I am not sure exactly where, but somewhere in that are.  So her accent is really strong.  And at the end of class when we were in final savasana, she goes, “Don’t cheat yourself out of savasana”, but at first it sounded like, “Don’t shit yourself out of savasana” – and I thought, “Oh man, if you only know how applicable that statement is to me.”  If you’ve been reading this blog from the beginning then you know my problems with gas in yoga – knock on wood, I haven’t had that problem lately.

When I came home, Bill took photos of me – so new photos soon!  Man, getting into the Bikram yoga poses after you have cooled down and trying to get into them again in a cold room in my house – not fun.  I was really tired – so the poses aren’t as good as I can do them now – but they should show some progression.

Origins of Yoga

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

In an effort to provide a little more educational information, I am going to try and post newsy like articles on Saturdays and Sundays when I am not practicing yoga.  So that I can learn a thing or two about it. 

The Origins of Yoga can be traced to India more than 5000 years ago. The Rig Veda which is the religious text of the Hindus is the first to mention Yoga. All the practices and beliefs were then documented in the 200 odd scriptures known as the Upanishad. Yoga is an ancient art which lays emphasis on both the physical and spiritual well being of the individual who practices it. Yoga is a way of life, a lifestyle and a culture that has gained a lot of popularity all over the world.

Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’ which basically means to unite or join. The union that the word refers to means, the individual becoming one with the universal spirit. If practiced on a regular basis it has the potential to not just cure your physical ailments but also lets you achieve spiritual contentment.

There are various types of Yoga:

  • Hatha Yoga
  • Bhakthi Yoga
  • Karma Yoga
  • Jnana Yoga
  • Raja Yoga
  • Tantra Yoga
  • Purna Yoga

These different types of Yoga focus on breathing, postures and spirituality. Irrespective of age or gender anyone can practice it and it will help you gain mastery over your body and mind. There are beginner yoga poses and advanced yoga poses depending on the physical limitations and level of experience. As you gain confidence in doing the various postures, you can slowly increase the intensity and do more challenging poses.

The various physical and mental ailments that can be cured or controlled by practicing yoga are common cold, constipation, asthma, arthritis, diabetics, eye and skin problems, back pain, headaches, obesity, anger, anxiety, stress and depression to name just a few (which might explain why I haven’t been sick this winter!).

Regular practice increases your strength, vitality, energy, grace, poise, flexibility and level of endurance leading to a spring in your step and a glow on your face.

Bikram Yoga Poses – Round 1

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Alright, here they are.  Me doing all 26 Bikram Yoga Poses on Friday, January 8th.  I have posted them individually in the posts over the last 6 weeks or so, but now you can see them altogether.  By the time this post appears on the WWW, hopefully, I will have lost some weight and advanced quite a bit in some of these poses.  I will, of course, be doing a comparison.

Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class

Bikram's Beginning Yoga Class

Please do not follow my postures below as examples of Bikram yoga postures. If you would like to see the true way that Bikram poses should be done, then I highly recommend you either check out the Bikram’s Beginning Yoga Class Book or buy it online.

It has both excellent photos as well as descriptions of how the poses should be done.  It also suggests alternatives for advanced yoga poses, making them more beginner yoga poses.

Pranayama Series (Standing Deep Breathing)Standing Deep Breathing

Standing Deep Breathing

Standing Deep Breathing

Ardha-Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose with Pada-Hastasana Hands to Feet Post)

This one is a perfect example of me being out of shape.  I also don’t have a mirror, so I didn’t know my hips were so out of line.  Here’s to hoping the next round turns out great.

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose - Other Side

Half Moon Pose

Half Moon Pose - Backwards

Hands to Feet Pose

Hands to Feet Pose

Utkatasana (Awkward Pose)

I’ve had a bad knee for about 6 weeks.  I could go further in these poses in the photos, but I’d rather not jack up my knee more.

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Awkward Pose

Garurasana (Eagle Pose)

This pose has always been a challenging one for me, one that I have never mastered. I never can get my leg wrapped around the other leg and I do practice in night before I go to bed!

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose

Dandayamana-Janushirasana (Standing Head to Knee Pose)

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Standing Head to Knee Pose

Dandayamana-Dhanurasana (Standing Bow Pulling Pose)

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Standing Bow Pulling Pose

Tuladandasana (Balancing Stick Pose)

Balancing Stick Pose

Balancing Stick Pose

Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Paschimotthanasana (Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose)

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Trikanasana (Triangle Pose)

Gotta love  my belly!!

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Dandayamana-Bibhaktapada-Janushirasana (Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose)

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose
Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee Pose

Tadasana (Tree Pose)

Tree Pose
Tree Pose

Padangustasana (Toe Stand Pose)

I cannot do this pose.

Savasana (Dead Body Pose)

Didn’t take a photo of this one.

Pavanamuktasana (Wind Removing Pose)

Wind Removing Pose
Wind Removing Pose

Wind Removing Pose
Wind Removing Pose

Sit-Up

Didn’t take a photo of this one either.

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

Cobra Pose

Cobra Pose

Salabhasana (Locust Pose)

Locust Pose
Locust Pose

Locust Pose

Locust Pose

Poorna-Salabhasana (Full Locust Pose)

Locust Pose

Locust Pose

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Bow Pose

Bow Pose

Supta-Vajrasana (Fixed Firm Pose)

Fixed Firm Pose - Getting Into It

Fixed Firm Pose

Fixed Firm Pose

Fixed Firm Pose

Ardha-Kurmasana (Half Tortoise Pose)

Half Tortoise

Half Tortoise

Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

Camel

Camel

Camel

Camel

Sasangasana (Rabbit Pose)

Rabbit

Rabbit

Janushirasana (Head to Knee Pose with Paschimotthanasana Stretching Pose)

Head to Knee Pose

Head to Knee Pose

Head to Knee Pose

Head to Knee Pose

Ardha-Matsyendrasana (Spine Twisting Pose)

Spine Twisting Pose

Spine Twisting Pose

Spine Twisting Pose

Spine Twisting Pose

Kapalbhati in Vajrasana (Blowing in Firm Pose)

Didn’t take a photo of this one either.

Day 23 – Paying The Price

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

That’s right, when I said that the “Pop, Pop, Pop” from yesterday was going to be okay, I was WRONG.

Today was such a buzz kill.  I was really excited about being more flexible yesterday and then today I couldn’t get into some of the Bikram yoga poses that I had actually started to get a little good at!  I cannot tell you how upset I was. 

Cobra Pose - Front On

Cobra Pose - Front On

So today’s photo should be of a sit-up, but I never had Bill take a photo of me doing that, so we’ll skip to the Cobra pose (Bhujangasana).

Cobra requires that you have your legs flat on the ground and your hands are at about nipple height.  You are to lift your chest off the ground without using your hands.  You might notice that my hands are not strained because I am not using them.  This is a great pose for your lower back and one of the easy beginner yoga poses.

So other than the nice chat I had with Maria (instructor) after class and the good laugh I got from the girl next to me ripping ass and pretending like she didn’t know where it came from, today’s class sorta sucked.

Maria did give me some pointers on how to get the muscle back on track – like doing inversion postures – like standing on my head to get the blood flow out of there and then rush it back in.  I figure I have nothing to lose, so I will give it a-go.

Welcome to Yoga2010.com!

Friday, January 1st, 2010

Welcome to Yoga2010.com!  Yoga2010 is my journey through yoga in 2010.  I am a 30-year old female who lives in the midwest.  I have recently been deemed in remission from Graves Disease and have decided to claim my body again.

I was diagnosed with Graves Disease in 2002 and it was a long journey to recovery.  I ended up having insatiable cravings that made me gain too much weight.  In spite of my efforts to have great will power and self-control, the cravings took over and I gained a lot of weight. 

So, on November 7, 2009 when I was deemed in remission from Graves’ Disease, I started thinking about what I wanted to do to get the weight off.  I decided I would return to Yoga.

Standing Bow Pulling Pose
Dandayamana-Dhanurasana

I started doing Yoga in 2004 when a guy that I was dating broke up with me, and I needed something to clear my mind.  Interestingly enough, my cravings weren’t as bad then.  So I wasn’t as fat as I am now.  I will post a photo of me some day soon, so stay tuned to see my fatass.

 
Oh, I meant to mention that I go to a Hot Yoga studio where they do the 26 Bikram Yoga poses.  This pose (that I’m doing in the photo) is the Standing Bow Pulling Pose or “Dandayamana-Dhanurasana”.  I suppose in this photo I am in between a beginner yoga pose and an advanced yoga position.  I haven’t completely achieved the complete position, but by the end of 2010, I hope to do so.  Okay, really, if I cannot achieve it by 6 months into this year, what in the hell am I doing?
 
So, the reason I think I will be able to get to the maximum in that position is that my goal is to go do yoga 5 times a week.  I expect you guys to hold me to that!!  I want to go to a studio 5 times a week, but I can already tell you that I am not sure if that will always happen, so I am just going with 5x a week.
 
Today is January 1, but I am not starting until Monday, January 4, 2010.  Not to worry, I didn’t have too much to drink last night, but I don’t want to go to the studio today because they are only having one class that is at 10am and is free!!
 
If there is one thing I hate about yoga studio classes, it is a full class!  UGH!  Claustrophobia!  So I decided to wait until the week.  Also, I have that mindset that you work during the week and rest on the weekends, so I only want to do yoga Monday through Friday.  My hope is that I will want to do yoga on the weekends too…but for now, it is just on the week days.
 
Oh, which reminds me.  I have 3 websites, this is my fourth.  Actually, all my websites are blogs, or all my blogs are websites, however you want to say it.  I work to be proper and say the right things on my other websites since they are more professional, however, this one is for me…and my journey through yoga in 2010, so I will have typos, cuss words and other fallacies.
 
The thing is, folks, when it comes down to it, I am a really good person.  HOWEVER, I do criticize, I do cuss and by golly, I am way too blunt sometimes.  For those reasons, you might really enjoy reading this blog.  If that’s the case, please don’t hesitate to sign up for e-mail updates (upper right hand corner).  Also, I love comments!  Leave them below for me, please!  Please do join me on my journey to become a hot yoga girl in 2010!