If you ever want to get a glimpse of the world of yoga, its the latest episode Good moves Designed specifically for beginners. After just 19 minutes of beginner-level, full-body positioning, you’ll feel relaxed, inspired, and have a better idea of what yoga is all about. Thoughtful, inspiring BK Yoga Club instructors Paris Alexandra and Alicia Ferguson guide you through a series of yoga basics, reminding you to tap into that “baby mentality”.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India, yoga is an ancient tradition that is at the root of promoting a sacred connection between mind and body. Although fitness and health benefits are part of what you can get from regular exercise, physical posture – also known as asana – is one of the eight pillars of yoga, which includes meditation, breathing, and attitudes toward our environment. It is important to acknowledge that, although it is often promoted as a fitness activity, yoga has a significant cultural history and spiritual significance to many people around the world.
“Yoga is about adapting oneself to the universe,” shares India’s MEA website. “Yoga does not adhere to any particular religion, belief system or community; it has always been communicated as a technology for internal healing.”
And according to the Mayo Clinic, the benefits of wellness are numerous. Yoga can improve strength, balance and flexibility, while relieving potential stress and physical pain. It also relaxes our nervous system, which can improve sleep and mood and other physiological symptoms.
This beginner yoga routine begins in a comfortable sitting position – whatever you feel – reaching to one side at a time with your arms up and your head up, then extending to the front. All the while, Alexandra and Ferguson suggest that you allow your mind to focus on the present and let your breathing be deliberately slow and deep. They also remind you that routine is what makes you feel good, so there are many variations of stretches throughout the video to optimize your comfort — whether standing, sitting, or sitting on your knees.
You will be introduced to the classic yoga postures such as cat-cow, baby posture and sun salutation before the routine comes to a full circle, ending in the same seat as you started. Optional yoga blocks are used by instructors, but don’t worry if you don’t have one at home. You can replace the books, or skip them altogether.
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