Practice these 10 easy yoga poses to ease into sunset yoga at SOULSCAPE Festival
Easy Yoga poses to know on your road to SOULSCAPE Festival–I remember doing yoga for the first time. Copying the moves from the yoga instructor was difficult enough. Learning how to twist and turn into the poses and gaining awareness of my body was another level altogether.
Imagine how intimidating it would be to do yoga with a thousand other yogis at SOULSCAPE Festival for any beginner.
Do a twirl and throw a pinch of sparkly dust. Your fairy yoga mother has arrived! I have put together a sequence of 10 easy yoga poses for you. Practice and master these Easy Yoga poses to know on your road to SOULSCAPE Festival
Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
- Stand up straight, feet shoulder width apart and your second toes parallel to each other.
- Ground yourself in four corners of your feet: Big toe, small toe and both sides of the heel. Feel your leg muscles engaged.
- Look straight ahead, take a deep breathe and let your shoulders loosen such that the shoulder blades are rested.
- Focus on your breathing. Inhale and exhale for a few more moments and close you eyes.
Congratulations! You have achieved the Mountain pose (Tadasana). This pose may look simple, but it is the gateway to all other yoga poses.
Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
- Bring your feet together, bend your knees slightly and feel the weight centred at the balls of your feet.
- Inhale and stretch your arms over your heads. Slowly exhale while bending down at the waist. Grab hold of your ankle.
- Keep your neck long and relaxed.
- Breathe in and out deeply and stay for 5 seconds.
- Bring your hands to your hips. Inhale and raise your upper body up to an upright posture.
Did you know? This pose can ease symptoms of headaches, insomnia, menopause and asthma? It activates abdominal muscles and even improves digestion. Way to go yogi!
Crescent Moon (Chandrasana)
- Bring your hands up towards the sky and lock your fingers.
- Stretch your body up to the ceiling and bend your body at the waist to the right and left to warm up your body.
- Lock your elbow and try to minimise the gaps between the biceps, arms and ears. Inhale and lean back a little to open up your chest and ribcage.
- Exhale and slowly, bend your body to the side. Make sure to keep your chin up.
- Slowly inhale and return to an upright posture.
This motion brings therapeutic relief.
Do it slowly and focused. Remember, it is less about achieving the most bend but more about gaining awareness of your body.
- Lie down in a prone position with both palms flat on the ground beneath the shoulder. Keep in mind that your bottom of your feet should be facing the sky.
- Exhale and straighten your arms while you lift your chest above the ground.
- Look upwards and engage your core muscles.
Feel the stretch in your core. The end is near, you can do it.
- Sit in a Japanese fashion with the back of your feet facing up and toes flat on the ground.
- Bring your hips back till your bum rests on your heels. Place your forehead on the ground.
- Stretch your hands parallel in front of you, palms flat on the ground.
This is a pose that gives a restorative and nurturing feel. Let your body relax. Interestingly this pose helps to massage your internal organs. Stay put as long as you wish. Let’s not overdo it though.
- Find yourself a levelled ground. Sit on the floor with the knees bent and feet placed flat on the floor.
- Live your pelvis carefully off the ground. Use your hands to push the pelvis in towards the tailbone. Let your pelvis move back to the ground.
- Inhale and extend your legs one at a time. Make sure to extend your legs heels first. Feet turned out. Your arms and feet should be spread out 45 degrees from your body.
- Soften the lower back.
Just a lying down pose to nap? Think again. This is one of the most difficult poses. How?! Many people can twist and turn into the seemingly impossible poses. Yet, they struggle to find peace within them to relax. The art of relaxation is tougher than it seems. This pose creates the conditions for you to slowly enter a relaxed state and it becomes a good starting point for meditation
Easy Yoga poses SOULSCAPE Festival
Start with the mountain pose and move into the downward dog. Once you have mastered the basics, you can move into any other yoga poses. Even if other poses seem daunting, at least you have a safe posture to move back into. You will probably have the yoga instructor tell you to keep finding your downward DOG many times during the festival. If all else fails, you have your SOULCIRCLE to give you emotional support.