Oh yoga, the vast amount of exercises means that I’ll never get bored with you! It’s hard to choose my all-time favorites, but I managed to narrow down the list to my top 10 favorite yoga exercises. These yoga exercises have created a good rhythm for me to follow… depending on the season I’m in, or what my current mood is, I can create a yoga routine that’ll balance everything out.
That’s why I’d love for you to check out this list. You can learn a thing or two about yoga in less than 10 minutes! From here, you’ll understand why I enjoy yoga so much, and I hope you will too!
10 OF THE BEST YOGA EXERCISES FOR YOU TO PRACTICE
Whether you’re a brand new yoga student or a seasoned practitioner, you will all find value in trying these yoga exercises. Enjoy!
The King-Pigeon Pose, known merely as Pigeon, is a hip-opener that increases flexibility in the hip joints. During this pose, you stretch your back toes so that they touch the back of your head. You place your knees on the ground and extend your body into the air. This is a good one for stretching all sorts of muscles!
The first time I tried the headstand, it was a little scary. It certainly makes you feel topsy-turvy when you first try it out! The headstand pose is perfect for stimulating blood flow to your brain and building arm strength. If you feel uneasy trying this one, you can get started by leaning up against a wall.
Wild Thing (Camatkarasana)
The name is very fitting for this yoga exercise! Your body will stretch and contour in ways that you didn’t think were possible. You can start with a side plank to move into position. Essentially what you do is lean back until your hands are placed on the ground, and you allow your body to stretch upward. This one is known for being therapeutic.
Triangle Pose (Trikonasana):
This is a good one for beginners because it’s mostly stretching the legs and back muscles like the hamstrings and hips. It’ll help relieve lower back pain and digestive problems. What you do is spread your legs apart into a triangular shape, keeping your arms straight, and then leaning your hand toward your corresponding leg.
The twisted lunge is the perfect yoga exercise for improving lower body strength and balance. You place your legs in a lunge position and move your arms back and forth. You can hold a ball or a weight to make this one more challenging. This one is perfect for building your core muscles and flattening your stomach.
Revolved Head to Knee Pose
Practice your spinal twist further with the revolved head to knee pose. This yoga exercise removes spinal tension and stretches the abdominal organs. You can sit on the ground during this exercise and work on stretching your legs. You grip your bent knee with one hand and stretch your other hand toward the other leg.
WWI (Warrior One Pose):
Warrior One Pose is a standing posture that can align your back and boost flexibility. You place your legs in a lunge position, then turn the back foot at a 45-60 degree angle. Finally, you bend the front leg at a 90-degree angle, which places your knee above the ankle. Your heel from the front foot should align with the heel of your back foot. You’ll undoubtedly feel like a warrior after you try this one a few times. This one is a little complicated to do so I included a video tutorial for you to watch.
Wide-Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana):
If you like stretching your back then this exercise is just for you. The Prasarita Padottanasana is a forward bend that includes several arm variations. It’s easy to modify so students of all levels can try it! This one is like a combination of the triangle pose and the headstand. You just have to watch a video of it to see what I mean.
Revolved Side Angle Pose
Working on your balance is part of yoga exercises, and the revolved side angle pose is no different. It’s designed to strengthen your legs and core muscles. You’ll also twist your spin which feels so good! I’ve included a video tutorial for you on how to work on this yoga exercise.
Crow Pose (Bakasana)
The crow pose balances the arms and challenges you to find your center of gravity. There is a bit of arm strength needed before you can attempt this yoga exercise. Basically, you’re holding your body into a handstand while your knees are pressed against your forearms. It really strengthens your abdomen, arms, and forearms.
I was tempted to add dozens of more yoga poses here. Trust me, there are so many to choose from! Sometimes it’s difficult for me to determine which ones I want to work on while I exercise!
Yoga is a beautiful thing, and with all these different poses, you can really improve your well-being from all the benefits. You can increase your flexibility, build muscle strength, and fight depression and anxiety. Now the question is, which yoga exercises are your favorite and why?