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Basic Yoga Poses For Men – I have always been a firm believer in taking care of of my body and one such way of taking care of my body is through doing basic yoga poses I do everyday.
For those of you that didn’t read my earlier post, yoga is a form of ‘stretching’ combined with basic controlled breathing exercises.
It’s both physical and mental training and I think every man should incorporate it into his daily exercise routine.
Basic Yoga Poses For Men: Why Should You Consider Doing It Everyday?
I truly believe it is our duty to take care of our own bodies and minds, and unfortunately no one else is going to do this for you other than yourself.
Most of us neglect our bodies for various reasons.
These may range from not having enough time to “I will start next week, month, year” etc.
The same excuses, different day… we have heard it all before, right!?
The good thing is that you always have the option to turn it around!
Movement, breath, mindful attention and relaxation are 4 benefits of doing basic yoga poses on a daily basis.
So, most of you have probably never done yoga before.
Damn, I bet a lot of you never even knew that males could do yoga!
But if you want a different form of exercise which actually works well (both mentally and physically), then I suggest you give yoga some serious consideration.
So today I have put together 5 basic yoga poses that can do every day. These don’t take more than 10 minutes, so there’s no excuses not to do them.
I personally try and do these 5 basic poses everyday, which I incorporate into my morning routine.
Benefits Of Doing These Basic Yoga Poses Every Morning
Taking a few minutes every morning to do these basic yoga poses can have major benefits.
Here are just a few:
- Relaxing way to start your day
- Stress management
- Immobilising joints and muscles after sleeping
- Good for basic posture
- Blood circulation
5 Basic Yoga Poses For Men
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As mentioned above this ritual forms part of my daily early morning shortly after waking up.
I usually start off by drinking about 1 litre of water and doing a few basic breathing exercises, before doing these 5 basic yoga poses.
1. Downward Dog
The downward dog pose is a great pose to stretch and strengthen the lower back, hamstrings, calf, hand, shoulders and core muscles.
Hold for: 2 minutes
See the below video on how to do a basic downward dog.
The Cobra pose strengthens the thorax, abdomen, lung and shoulder muscles and really activates your basic core muscles.
Hold for: 1 minute
See the below video on how to do the cobra pose.
3. Cat Cow
Cat cow is a gentle flow between two poses that warms the body and brings flexibility to the spine. It stretches the back torso and neck, and softly stimulates and strengthens the abdominal organs.
Do for: 2 minutes
See the below video on how to do the cat cow pose.
Plank pose is an arm balancing yoga pose that tones the abdominal muscles while strengthening the arms and spine.
Hold for: 1 minute
See the below video on how to do the plank.
The Bridge pose is a beginning backbend that helps to open the chest and stretch the thighs.
Hold for: 1 minute
See the below video on how to the basic bridge pose.
These 5 basic yoga poses shouldn’t take you longer than 10 minutes to complete.
If you feel comfortable with above poses and fee that you are nailing the technique and your strength is picking up, then I suggest you do one last exercise.
I always finish off every session by doing 10 times downward dog to plank to cobra poses in a row.
This usually takes about 2 minutes and is a full body workout for your arms, core, back muscles, hamstrings and calves!
And remember to breathe!
See below video on how to link downward dog to plank to cobra in 1 flowing movement.
I suggest you go easy on yourself in the beginning and focus on technique first and foremost.
Your strength will improve and you will nailed these poses in a few weeks!