If you’ve never embarked on a yoga experience, the idea can feel quite intimidating. Rest assured that you’re not alone in your first-timer fears, but the yoga world is a welcoming one, and you are invited to join in, no matter your age or fitness level. Yoga is a head-to-toe experience that’s meant to bring serenity to your mind, body, and soul.

New to the practice? Here are a few ways yoga can lift your spirits and your posture:

Breathing

This may sound simple enough, but, as humans, we don’t always breathe as well as we should. Deep belly breathing will help to relax your muscles and mind. By standing tall with your heart and mind aware, your body will welcome the openness, helping to realign your spine, gently forcing you into a proper upright posture.

When you let the bad air out, the good air is sure to follow. Good moods start with good airflow. Release your tensions through positive breathing, and your body and mind are sure to follow.

Standing

Tadasana is the begin-here pose for those practicing yoga. The yoga standing pose is intended to ground and center you as you ready your body and mind for the minutes ahead and relieve yourself of stuff you cannot control. This simple standing position allows you to check in with your physical self while ensuring that your posture aligns with your body and breath.

Be sure to smile while you’re in Tadasana; you’ll be surprised at the difference it can make in your mood.

Balancing

Wholesome health includes great balance. Plenty of day-to-day elements can wreak havoc on your spine and spirits. Battle poor posture and feelings of anxiety by standing up to the things that make you feel unbalanced. In yoga, positions such as Tree Pose and Dancer’s Pose elevate your mind to a level of peace when you learn to engage your focus while your body is gently nudged into a positive alignment.

You’ll be amazed at the way the world just melts away when you truly learn how to focus in stationary yoga poses, which help relieve your entire being of daily stresses.

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