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Simple Yoga Poses to Start Off the Day

Yoga is taking the world by storm, and is being recognised the world over as both a physical exercise as well as a spiritual one. Here are some of the most popular poses anyone can attempt.


Child's Pose (Balasana)

In Maldives Island, 5 star hotels generally conduct yoga classes early morning or at sunset for guests. One of the simplest yoga poses, and is a standard yoga exercise in yoga classes ranging from free sessions to ones conducted at Naladhu Maldives.. This yoga position starts off in a kneeling position where one brings one's chest down to meet the thighs. The arms are then placed on one's side with the hands by the feet. Alternatively, for comfort's sake, one can also place the hands underneath the forehead. Once in position, take a full breath, paying close attention to the expansion of the chest and widening of the ribs. Upon exhaling, gently attempt to bring one's buttocks towards the heels while making the spine curve over the thighs. Maintain the position for 5-10 breaths.


Cat/Cow Pose (Bidalasena)

This pose begins from a table-top position with the wrists aligned with the shoulders and the knees directly beneath the hips. When in position, gently press the palms towards the mat in order to broaden one's shoulders. Upon inhaling, look forward or upwards preferably all the while reaching the tail-bone to the floor. The continuation of the movement will result in a relaxation sensation along the spine. Be sure to avoid hypertension of the elbow by maintaining that the elbows face each other. Ideally repeat these steps for 5 rounds.


Downward Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

This position is achieved by placing the arms a bit wider than the shoulder width, tucking the toes in, and lifting the hips upwards. With the head and arms relaxed, gently move the chest towards the thighs. Finally, roll the shoulders away from the ears while keeping the knees bent and walking one heel down at a time. Ensure to keep the hips suspended as high as possible without focusing on keeping the soles of the feet to the ground. Maintain for 5-10 breaths.


Standing Forward-Bend Pose (Uttanasana)

From a standing position, gently bend downwards to bring your hands to your feet while maintaining a relaxed head and neck. Feel free to initiate the position with knees slightly bent ensuring to straighten them eventually until tension is created in the lower back. Upon inhaling, straight the back and upon exhalation, gently move your head towards the feet. Ensure to repeat over the course of 10 breaths.


Triangle Pose (Trikonasana)

Starting off from a standing position, widen your stance by about the length of a leg, and turn the right foot to the side, making sure to align the heel with the centre arch of the left foot. Ensuring that one's shoulders are parallel to the ground, reach out to the right side, effectively gazing upwards, and reach out with both hands, the right arm reaching up and the left downwards. Be sure to keep both legs straight and the thighs firm, as well as keeping the chest open and the torso lengthening. If possible, ensure to gaze towards one's right thumb while reaching outwards.

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