Hatha Yoga Poses for BeginnersFor those who love energy and strength, Hatha Yoga is a great workout you simply have to try!

So what can you expect in a Hatha Yoga class? Well, Hatha Yoga means “yoga with force,” and focuses more on the state of discipline that comes with holding yoga positions. It’s different than other forms of yoga because the poses involve less movement, and the emphasis on breathing becomes a priority.

Allowing people to meditate, breathe and inculcate mindfulness, Hatha Yoga classes are one of the coolest ways to get to know your own self better, and improve your life force.

If you love Yoga as much as we do at The Yoga Studio Downtown, here are some easy Hatha Yoga Poses you can try on your own!

The Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Stand tall with your feet close together and arms by your side. Distribute your weight onto the balls of your feet, tuck in your tailbone, and inhale. Raise your arms overhead and fold your hands into a praying position. Take relaxing and slow breaths and focus on a point straight ahead. Hold for a few seconds and release.

Great for: Thighs, abdominals, ankles, and hips

The Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)

Assume the Mountain Pose but stand with your feet hip-distance apart from one another, firmly planted on the ground. Lift your right leg slowly and place your foot on your left inner thigh. Straighten your position and balance. Folding your palms into a Namaste, bring your hands down to chest-level, find a focal point ahead and breathe. Hold the position for a few seconds, release and alternate.

Great for: Thighs, shoulders and treating sciatica.

The Standing Forward Bend Pose (Uttanasana)

Stand straight with an erect spine and hands on your hip. With a deep inhale, raise your arms towards the ceiling. Exhale and slowly bend down at the hips and bring your arms to the floor – you can rest your palms next to your feet or hold your ankles. Rest your chest, nose, and forehead on your thighs. Hold the position for a count of a few short breaths and release.

Great for: Hamstrings, knees, thighs, and also therapeutic for anxiety, asthma, sinusitis, and hypertension.

The Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)

Lying in a supine position, bend your knees and rest your arms on the floor. Bring your heels inwards and firmly press your feet into the ground. With a deep exhale, lift your posterior, chest and lower back towards the ceiling. Open your shoulders away from your ears, relax your neck and head on the floor, and clasp your hands under your raised posterior. Hold the position for a few seconds and release.

Great for: Spine, neck, thighs, back and opens the heart, shoulders, and chest.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for Hatha Yoga classes for a stronger, happier, and more zen you!  Call The Yoga Studio Downtown today at 586-991-0760 to learn more about our classes and offerings.  We look forward to hearing from you!