Yoga Routine

 

Starting Position

One of the most important parts of any workout is the warm-up; by properly stretching your muscles before delving into a yoga routine, you'll ensure that you benefit maximally throughout the routine. Skipping this beginning warm up phase can cause torn muscles and sore ligaments - so make sure that you take an extra five minutes to warm up.

There are several warm up poses, or starting positions that you can begin in. Becoming familiar with more options means that you can better personalize your yoga routine, so give all of them a try! You never know which poses will "click" with you.

The starting position of any yoga routine can be divided into stretching different parts of the body. Below is a comprehensive list of different warm up poses that can be targeted. These poses range from starting in the standing position to beginning in a sitting position. Don't be afraid to experiment!

Neck Warm-up Position

1. Keeping the shoulders down and back, begin in the seated sukasana, or "easy pose" position. Elongate your spine as much as possible, keeping your chest as open as possible.

2. Breathe in deeply, and as you exhale, lower your chin to your chest. You should feel a moderate stretch down the back of your neck and spine. Be sure to keep your shoulders back and down.

3. For your next move, inhale and bring your head back up to a normal position. Continue to elongate the spine while keeping the shoulders down. And as always, keep your chest as open as possible.

4. When you're ready, exhale your next breath and drop your head back, so that you're staring upwards at the sky or ceiling. You should be able to feel a nice, long stretch in the front of your neck.

Get Started!

1. When you’re in your starting pose, make sure you’re standing straight; this means chest up and out and shoulders back. The more up and out, the better. This will allow you to inhale the deepest breaths.

2. Maintain proper posture while doing this; yoga is about muscular endurance (this particular "holding" posture works many of your back muscles and your core abdomen muscles).

3. Hold the post. This post will start your metabolic momentum, sustaining you throughout the duration of the set. You'll return to this position several times throughout your regime, so make sure that you're giving %100.

That wasn't so hard, was it?