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Let's Get Bendy: 10 Fun Yoga Poses for Beginners!

So, you've decided to dip your toes into the wonderful world of yoga—awesome choice! Whether you're a total newbie or just looking for some fresh moves to add to your practice, these beginner-friendly poses are here to make you feel like a yoga superstar. And guess what? All shapes and sizes are welcome on this yoga journey, so grab your mat and let's get bendy!

  1. Easy Seated Meditation Pose (Zen Time): Take a break from the chaos of life and find your zen with this simple seated meditation pose. Sit comfortably on the ground with your legs crossed and your spine tall. Rest your hands on your knees or in your lap, palms facing up or down—whatever feels good for you. Close your eyes or soften your gaze and take a few deep breaths, letting go of any tension or stress with each exhale. Stick out your tongue and let out a silly "Blahhh" to release any lingering seriousness. Feel the calm wash over you as you connect with your breath and the present moment. Ahh, isn't it nice to just be?

  2. Butterfly Pose (Fluttery Wings): Spread your wings and let your inner butterfly take flight! Sit on the ground with your feet together and your knees bent out to the sides. Hold onto your ankles or feet and gently flap your knees up and down like fluttery wings. Feel the stretch in your hips and smile—flying never felt so fun!

  3. Downward Dog (Adorable Puppy): Get ready to stretch it out and unleash your inner puppy with this classic yoga pose. Start on your hands and knees, then lift your hips up towards the sky, straightening your arms and legs to create an upside-down "V" shape. Press your palms into the ground and feel the stretch in your spine, shoulders, and hamstrings.

  4. Warrior 2 (Strong Warrior): Get ready to unleash your inner warrior with this powerful pose. Step one foot back and turn it out to the side, then bend your front knee and extend your arms out parallel to the ground. Gaze out over your front fingertips and feel the strength and determination coursing through your veins. You're a warrior—hear you roar!

  5. Forward Fold (Humble Hammock): Hang loose and let gravity do the work with this soothing forward fold. Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart, then hinge at the hips and fold forward, letting your head and arms hang heavy towards the ground. You can bend your knees as much as you need to feel comfortable. Sway gently from side to side like a hammock in the breeze and stick out your tongue for a goofy twist. Take a moment to relax and breathe deeply into the stretch—ahh, feels like a mini vacation for your body and mind!

  6. Tree Pose (Swaying Tree): Stand tall like a sturdy tree in the wind! Lift one foot off the ground and place it on your ankle, calf, or thigh—wherever feels comfy. Stretch your arms up high like branches or keep them at your heart. Sway gently like you're dancing in the breeze, and if you feel wobbly, just laugh it off—it's all part of the fun!

  7. Wide-Legged Forward Fold (Reach for the Stars): Stand tall with your feet nice and wide, then reach up high towards the sky with your arms. Take a big inhale, then exhale as you slowly fold forward from your hips. Let your hands hang loose or place them on the ground or a block for support. Feel the stretch in your hamstrings and let out a big "Ahhh" as you reach for the stars.

  8. Child's Pose (Cozy Retreat): Time to curl up like a snug little bug in a rug! Kneel down, sit back on your heels, and stretch your arms out in front of you as you lower your forehead to the ground. Take a big, deep breath in and let out a happy sigh. This pose is like a warm hug for your body and mind—so cozy!

  9. Boat Pose (Sailor's Delight): Time to set sail with this core-strengthening pose! Sit on the ground with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lean back slightly and lift your feet off the ground, balancing on your sitting bones. Extend your arms straight out in front of you and stick out your tongue for an extra silly touch. Arrr, matey—smooth sailing ahead!

  10. Pigeon Pose (Chillin' Pigeon): Time to kick back and relax like a laid-back city bird! Start on your hands and knees, then slide one knee forward towards your wrist and extend the other leg back behind you. Rest your hands on the ground for support and take a deep breath in. Ahh, feels good to chill like a pigeon, doesn't it?

When I first started getting into yoga more than ten years ago, I found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the fancy Sanskrit names for poses. Plus, I couldn't help but notice that the typical image of a yogi seemed to be someone super skinny and ultra-bendy—I mean, I was smaller back then, but definitely not super bendy. It felt like yoga was this exclusive club that I didn't quite fit into.

It took me years to realize something important: yoga is for everybody, and every body. It doesn't matter what size you are or how flexible you may be—yoga is all about finding what feels good for you and your unique body. As I came to understand this, I also began to question whether I could ever become a yoga instructor. I mean, I didn't exactly fit the stereotype of what a yoga teacher "should" be, right?

Shelley being Shelley

But boy, was I wrong! Yoga isn't about fitting into a mold or living up to some ideal—it's about union, connection, and embracing who you are, quirks and all. And that's a message I'm passionate about sharing with others. As a yoga instructor, I strive to create an inclusive space where everyone feels comfortable and welcome, regardless of their size, shape, or level of flexibility. Because at the end of the day, yoga is about so much more than just striking a perfect pose—it's about finding peace, balance, and a sense of connection with ourselves and the world around us. And that's something that's truly for everyone, no matter what. "Never forget the importance of showing up as your true self!"


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