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Top 10 Yoga Poses for Beginners: A Comprehensive Guide for a Strong Foundation in Yoga Practice

Yoga is a great way to improve flexibility, strength, and balance while reducing stress and anxiety. However, if you're new to yoga, it can be overwhelming to choose where to start. That's why we've compiled a list of the top 10 yoga poses for beginners.

  1. Mountain Pose (Tadasana): This is a standing pose that helps improve posture and balance. Start by standing tall with your feet hip-width apart, and your arms at your sides. Breathe deeply and hold for 30 seconds.

  2. Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): This is a common pose in most yoga classes. Begin on your hands and knees, with your hands shoulder-width apart and your knees hip-width apart. Lift your hips up, straighten your arms and legs, and form an inverted V-shape with your body. Hold for 30 seconds.

  3. Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II): This pose helps build strength in the legs and core muscles. Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart, and then step your left foot back while keeping your right foot facing forward. Bend your right knee and extend your arms out to the sides, palms facing down. Hold for 30 seconds before repeating on the other side.

  4. Tree Pose (Vrikshasana): This pose helps improve balance and focus. Begin by standing tall with your feet hip-width apart. Shift your weight to your left foot and bring your right foot up to rest on the inside of your left thigh. Place your hands in prayer position at your heart and hold for 30 seconds before switching sides.

  5. Child's Pose (Balasana): This is a resting pose that can be used at any time during your practice. Start by kneeling on the ground with your knees hip-width apart and your toes touching. Lower your hips back to rest on your heels, and stretch your arms out in front of you. Hold for 30 seconds.

  6. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana): This pose helps stretch the spine and improves posture. Begin by lying face down on the floor with your palms on the ground beside your shoulders. Push your hands into the ground and lift your chest up, keeping your elbows close to your sides. Hold for 30 seconds.

  7. Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana): This pose helps strengthen the back, glutes, and hamstrings. Begin by lying on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Lift your hips up towards the ceiling, and interlace your fingers under your back. Hold for 30 seconds.

  8. Corpse Pose (Savasana): This is the final pose in most yoga classes, and it's a great way to end your practice. Lie on your back with your arms and legs relaxed, palms facing up. Breathe deeply and focus on relaxation for 5-10 minutes.

  9. Chair Pose (Utkatasana): This pose strengthens the legs and core muscles. Begin by standing tall with your feet together. Bend your knees and sit back, as if you're sitting in an imaginary chair. Raise your arms up overhead and hold for 30 seconds.

  10. Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana): This pose helps stretch the hips and improve flexibility. Begin in downward-facing dog pose, and bring your right knee forward between your hands. Lower your left knee to the ground, and extend your right leg back behind you. Hold for 30 seconds before repeating on the other side.

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