Sticking to your goal of staying fit this year has never been easier with these five easy-to-do yoga moves.

Look amazing and feel great—that’s what all of us want from our fitness programme. But sometimes, it’s impossible to get to the gym or a class in time. So what should you do? The answer is simple—turn to yoga. Not only does it focus on total body strengthening, balance and flexibility, it is also relaxes your mind and body. All you need is a mat and you’re good to go. Complement your at-home yoga session with a healthy diet and Gardner Street’s Heal Green Tea and see a fitter you in no time.

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Here are five beginner poses, to get you started. Repeat this routine three times to start with; increasing the time you hold each position each week.

1) Downward facing dog pose (Adho mukha śvānāsana)

What it tones: Arms and upper back

How to do it:

Start by placing your hands and knees on the floor, your hands shoulder-width apart and your knees hip-width apart.

Spread your fingers and make sure the inner parts of your elbows are facing each other.

Press your hands into your mat and as you exhale, push your naval towards your spine, tuck your toes and lift your hips off the mat, making your body into an inverted V.

Initially keep your knees bent to lengthen your spine and then slowly straighten your legs.

Hold for a few breaths and release by placing your knees back onto the mat.

2) Crescent lunge pose (Ashta chandrasana)

What it tones: Butt, quads and hamstrings

How to do it:

Start in the Downward facing dog pose.

Place your right foot in between your hands and rise into a lunge, making sure that your left leg is straight and that your right leg is perpendicular to the floor.

Inhale, pull your naval in and stretch your arms overhead.

Hold for a few breaths and return to Downward facing dog pose and repeat with your left leg.

3) Boat pose (Navasana)

What it tones: Abs

How to do it:

Sit on the floor with your knees bent in front of you, placing your hands on your thighs.

Making sure your head and neck are in line with your upper body, make a 45-degree angle with your upper body.

Inhale and raise your legs in the air, making a V shape with your body, making sure your toes are pointed and extending your arms straight out on either side of the legs so that they are parallel to the floor.

Hold for a few breaths and release by bringing your legs down and straightening your upper body.

4) Plank pose (Phalakasana)

What it tones: Shoulders, arms, abs, back and upper thighs

How to do it:

Begin with your hands and knees on your mat, making sure that your palms are under your shoulders, with your fingers spread.

Press your forearms into the mat, pull your naval in and inhale.

Extend your legs one at a time, with the toes tucked in, keeping them hip distance apart, making sure your body is in a straight line from your head to your heels.

Hold for a few breaths and then release by bringing your legs in.

5) Bridge pose (Setu bandha sarvangasana)

What it tones: Glutes and abs

How to do it:

Lie down flat on your back with your knees bent, hip width apart and feet flat on the ground.

Place your arms on your sides with the palms on your mat.

Pull your naval in, inhale and lift your hips off the mat, pressing your feet and palms down.

Hold for a few breaths and release by lowering yourself on the mat.

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Nice article its very helpfull thanks for sharing

Thanks Alina! So glad you found it helpful 🙂

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