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Yoga FAQs

Answers to Your Yoga Questions

Trying any kind of workout for the first time can be intimidating, whether you’re walking into your first spin class, taking the first step toward a half marathon, or reaching for the first rock climbing hold. Like any other workout, yoga may seem intimidating from afar, but with a few tips under your belt and a willingness to give it a try, you’ll be right on your way to a deeper, more mindful yoga practice. For all of you who are just starting your yoga journey, we have the answers to your most common questions  — so let’s roll out our mats and get started.

Downward Facing Dog:

This posture is something that you will encounter in almost every yoga class. And we want you to feel empowered to explore this posture in how it feels in relation to your body.

Everyone's body is different, so what feels right to you might be different than the instructor your watching or the person next to you in class. So if you don't look just like everyone else, that's okay! Yoga is so unique to you and your body.

Key tips:

  • Engage your core throughout the posture.
  • Focus on lifting your hips rather than driving your heels down.
  • Activate your arms to take weight out of your wrist.
  • Keep a generous bend in your knees, they don't need to be locked out. 

How to Do a Downward Facing Dog:

Sun Salutation:

Sun Salutations can be found at the beginning of almost every yoga class. They are a wonderful way to wake up the body and get the energy flowing through your whole body.

But most importantly, sun salutations help set the cadence of your breath for your practice. 

Whether you're a seasoned yoga vet, or stepping on your mat for the first time, there are variations of the sun salutation for everyone. Lucy walks through two of the most common variations in the video below.

Key tips:

  • This can go quite quickly in a class, but own your practice and your pace.
  • Take what you need, and leave what doesn't work for you.

How to Do a Sun Salutation:

Warrior 1:

Warrior 1 is a posture that builds stability, focus, and strength. While this is a common posture, many people tend to focus more on what they look like and miss the key structure and purpose of this pose. This is a posture that truly engages your whole body.

Key tips:

  • Let go of what you think this posture needs to look like.
  • Anchor through the soles of your feet and energize through your legs to set a good foundation.
  • Evenly distribute your weight between both feet.
  • Always keep your front knee over your front ankle. 

How to Do Warrior 1 Pose:

Warrior 2:

Like Warrior 1, your Warrior 2 pose engages your entire body. 

This hip opening posture has many benefits. It strengths your legs, aids in digestion, and helps to relieve pressure in your back.

Key tips:

  • Remind yourself to relax your shoulders down your back.
  • When finding your foundation, keep your hands on your hips to help ensure they are even.
  • Maintain balance between your legs and be aware if your are leaning forward.

How to Do Warrior 2 Pose:

Vinyasa:

The very core of vinyasa is to connect the breath to the movement of the body. To move with intention.

But, it can still be a bit confusing to know what it actually means to 'take a vinyasa' in class.

There are two variations, the first being a great option for a beginner, and the second is a great strengthening flow for a yoga vet.

Lucy walks through both variations in the video below.

Key Tips:

  • Remember, vinyasa is all about the connection to your breath.
  • Choose the flow that is right for your body.
  • There is always freedom to skip a vinyasa if you feel your breath is being forced.

What Does it Mean to Take a Vinyasa:

Reverse Warrior:

A reverse warrior can be quite confusing to some yogis. Is it a side bend? A back bend?

Simple answer is, it is a side bend done in a lunge position.

There are 3 key aspects to think about in your reverse warrior: 

           1. An upward extension of your spine
           2. The lateral flexion
           3. The rotation of your ribs.

Key Tips:

  • Stay strong in your legs.
  • Keep your hips neutral. 
  • Maintain a relaxed neck throughout the movement.

How to Do Reverse Warrior:

Tree Pose:

Tree pose is a fantastic posture to focus on balance, grounding, and resilience.
 
With the right muscle activation, you can feel stable and supported in your tree pose. 

Key Tips:

  • When opening your hip, ensure that your knee and ankle are pointing in the same direction.
  • Do not sink into your hip on your standing leg, activate your glute and quad to stand tall.
  • Start slow, keeping your lifted leg at the ankle when beginning with this posture. 

How to Do Tree Pose:

Side Angle Pose

Side angle pose is a wonderful pose to build strength in your legs and core. 
 
There are multiple variations that you can do, so Lucy walks us through some of the most common versions of this posture. As always, the primary focus should be how your body feels in the posture.

Key Tips:

  • Have a block handy.
  • Activate your inner thighs and core so you don't put weight in your front arm.
  • Activate through the back leg to help remain grounded.

How to Do Side Angle:

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