Don't want to pay for the gym? Exercise for free in the comfort of your home by following these simple yoga moves
The yoga phenomenon has well and truly hit the UK. With classes popping up around every street corner, it’s more than likely that you’ve already been invited by a friend to try out a weekly session. However, with the festive season on the horizon, it’s understandable that you don’t have the time or the money to spend on yourself. Never fear! Grab a mat, make a space on your living room floor and bring yoga into your home. As the winter weather fast approaches, it’s the perfect way to relax after a long day at work. Enjoy forming a new habit that is beneficial for both your body and your mind.
Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
From triangle pose, place both hands back down at the front of your mat and bring your front leg back to join the other. Bring your whole body down until you reach the mat, then, with hands still down and elbows close to the body, lift your head to the ceiling. This is your upward-facing dog and it stretches out your abdomen.
Warrior II (Virabhadrasana ||)
From your downward dog, step one foot forward until your feet are much wider than your body. Turn your back foot in towards a right angle and your front foot forwards. Raise your arms in line with your shoulders and look towards the front of your mat, trying your hardest to keep your body in one single plane. Channel your inner warrior as you stand strong and calm in this pose.
From your warrior pose, lean your upper body forward, releasing your front hand down towards your front ankle. Allow your upper body to rotate onto its side until your front hand reaches the floor, bringing your back arm up above your head. Keep your legs straight and try and tuck your hips under so your body stays in one single plane. Feel the stretch in this pose and allow your focus to fall on your balance.
Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Come onto your back and bring your feet close to your body, knees facing up. Make sure your hands are either side of your hips, then lift your hips until your body creates a bridge-like shape. You can always tuck your shoulders under and interlace your fingers for extra stability. Bridge is perfect for building strength in the upper thighs and glutes.
Finish your flow in your corpse pose, more commonly referred to as your savasana. From bridge, stretch out your legs so they sit slightly wider than your mat and bring your arms either side of your body. Allow your hips to sink into the floor and close your eyes, relaxing every muscle but still holding onto tension. Take this time to reconnect with your breath if you lost it throughout the flow. Repeat everything on the other leg and as many times as you would like, but always end your session in your savasana.
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
From all fours, place your hands about one hand’s distance away from you and tuck your toes under. Lift your hips and lengthen your spine to create a stretch across your whole body, pulling your head back towards your hips to go even deeper, pressing into your hands and feet for stability. This is a great pose to start in and create a stretch across your whole body.