A Collection of Images from Basic Yoga Postures & Series In A Day For Dummies

The figures in this gallery are from Basic Yoga Postures & Series In A Day For Dummies and illustrate the different postures included in the book. The images appear in the order that they appear in the book.

1

Belly breathing

Your hand position helps you detect motion during belly breathing.

2

The classic Yoga breath

Inhale while expanding your abdomen, your ribs and then your chest.

3

The new Yoga breath

Inhale while expanding the chest from the top down and continuing this movement downward into the belly.

4

Combining breath and movement

Breathing properly during postures is important.

5

The chair-sitting posture

Your ear, shoulder, and hip are in alignment, as viewed from the side.

6

The easy posture

Be sure that you’re steady and comfortable in the easy posture.

7

The thunderbolt posture

A safe sitting posture for lower back problems.

8

The mountain posture

Start your standing postures with the mountain posture.

9

The standing forward bend

This posture allows the neck muscles to relax, improves overall circulation, and has a calming effect on the body and mind.

10

The triangle posture

The side-bending triangle opens the chest so you can breathe deeply.

11

Warrior I posture

The warrior is a position of power and strength.

12

Warrior II posture

Warrior II strengthens your legs, back, shoulders, and arms.

13

Standing spread-legged forward bend

A great way to release pressure in your lower back.

14

Downward-facing dog posture

Challenge yourself in downward-facing dog, but don’t strain.

15

Warrior at the wall posture

A safe balancing posture for beginners.

16

Balancing cat posture

Extend your arm and leg fully on the ground before you lift them up.

17

The tree posture

This posture improves overall balance, stability, and poise.

18

The karate kid posture

This posture strengthens the legs, arms, and shoulders and opens the hips.

19

Standing heel-to-buttock posture

This pose can improve your balance for the more advanced postures.

20

7-step kneeling salutation

The 7-step variation of the sun salutation can give you many benefits and also help you get in shape for the standing variety.

21

12-step sun salutation

To enjoy the greatest benefit from this sequence, execute each part with full participation of your mind.

22

Corpse posture

Lie flat on your back with your arms relaxed along the sides of your torso and your palms up.

23

Lying arm raise

Slowly raise your arms up overhead and touch the floor behind you. Bring your arms back to your sides as you exhale.

24

Knee-to-chest posture

Bring one knee into your chest while you extend the other leg down.

25

Downward-facing dog pose

Straighten, but don’t lock, your arms and legs as you do the downward-facing dog.

26

Child’s pose

You can extend your arms in front of you or behind you in the child’s pose.

27

Warrior I

Go through this posture for each side of your body.

28

Standing forward bend

Whenever you bend forward from the hips, keep your knees soft.

29

Standing spread-legged forward bend

This posture stretches your hamstrings and the muscles on the insides of your thighs, and opens your hips.

30

The karate kid

This pose improves your balance and stability, and enhances your focus and concentration.

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