Three Basic Yoga Moves That Will Benefit Everyone

Yoga is a classic method to relax your body and mind. This semester, I am lucky enough to be taking a yoga class on campus for a P.E. credit. I saved this specific class for my senior year when I knew I would be stressed out over Capstone, my final season of softball, and trying to graduate.

I have my yoga class every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:15 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Yesterday’s class was particularly amazing. It fulfilled my mellow meter for the rest of the day. Now I realize taking a yoga class by no means makes me an expert, or even somewhat knowledgeable of all the techniques and methods that go into it. However, I do believe I have the basics down, and I am now a firm believer that every college student should get at least to this point in a yoga practice.

I’d like to share three basic poses with you that have helped me ease my mind and body. The first is called Tadasana, also known as Mountain. This is basically a fancy way of standing still. Firmly plant your feet into the ground at shoulder width apart. Then stack your joints so they are all directly in line. For example, your knees should be directly above your ankles, your hips directly above your knees, etc. This may seem silly at first; standing there pretending to be a mountain. Combine this pose with a breathing method, and you will find your stress slowly fall to the floor.

The second beginners pose that I really enjoy is called Madrasana, more commonly known as Child’s Pose. Most people are familiar with this pose. Simply sit with your legs tucked underneath your bottom then lean forward, placing your arms and head to the ground. I love this pose because it is a resting pose that is both comfortable and easy. We often use this pose a break between other more difficult poses.

Lastly, Savasana. Literally, laying down. Somehow, someone decided that laying down on your back on the ground was yoga. You don’t see me complaining. Most of our classes finish with this pose as our instructor talks us through our inhales and exhales. 90% of the time I fall asleep while we do this, which is both relaxing and slightly embarrassing when I am the only one who fell asleep. Regardless, everyone can benefit from this pose. It’s not just laying down and sleeping, it’s placing yourself in a resting pose that lets your mind mellow out. I think we can all use some of that every now and again.

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