The Easiest Movement Based Yoga Poses To Explore

There are many great benefits to starting a yoga practice of your own. Although some people do so for the enhanced flexibility it offers, others are more interested in having something they can do that will help bring more movement into their lives. If you’re one of these people, the following movement based yoga poses are great to start exploring and practicing, no matter if you’ve got some experience with yoga or you’re just starting out. Let’s start with finding your flow first, before moving onto a quick checklist of poses to try in order to find what works best for you.

Finding Your Specific Flow

Although my flow is being shared here to inspire you, it’s important to “be your own guru” so to speak, in order to find the one that works for you. Finding your flow requires you to be open to adjusting the poses and shapes to work for your body. Skip the judgement that might come from trying something that doesn’t work for you, and be open minded enough to let these go and try something else in order to see what works best for you. In no time at all, you’ll be mastering the ultimate movement based yoga poses and even inspiring others to do the same.

A Sun Salutation To Get Things Started

If you’d like to get moving in the easiest way possible, I’ve actually designed a beginner sun salutation as part of the third week of the Healthy Habits Challenge. This is a great way for you to get familiar with some of the poses you’ll be working with as you explore better movement. If you have any questions about it, feel free to contact me directly (it can even be as simple as commenting on Instagram if that works for you) and I’ll be able to offer any tips and advice to make it as convenient as possible for you to get started.

A Quick Movement Based “Checklist”

The sun salutation video features ten quick steps, and I’ll admit that they happen very quickly in the video itself, so let’s break it down into a “checklist” of sorts, each of which has its own benefits as part of a process looking to encourage and introduce more movement in your body. Watch the video again, and practice each of these, spending a little bit more time with the areas that you might be a little more uncomfortable with to get the hang of it:

10. Mountain Pose — hands on your heart.

9. Forward Fold — Hands at your knees.

8. Right Leg Lunge — drop your right knee.

7. Left Leg Back — hands and knees.

6. Baby Chaturanga — squeeze elbows in and dip nose.

5. Updog — lift to where your spine allows.

4. Lower Hips Back for Baby Downdog — or lift your hips for full downdog if you feel strong.

3. Right leg steps forward for a Lunge — same leg that stepped back at the beginning.

2. Fold — hands to your knees.

1. Stand in Mountain — hands on your heart.

0. Repeat — with your left leg stepping back this round.

Taking Movement To The Next Level

Remember to flow at your own pace, start very slowly and once you’re warm, begin to speed the cycles up. Do as many cycles as feels right for your body, going gently at the beginning and always being mindful of your limits. Once you’ve nailed the sun salutation, you may be excited about introducing some other movement based poses into your practice. That’s where we can do a bit of work together, be it through a private class or a one-on-one session where I can tailor the needs of your body to the appropriate poses.