5 Easy Yoga Moves You Can Do On The Beach

5 Easy Yoga Moves You Can Do On The Beach

April 10, 2018

5 Easy Yoga Moves You Can Do On The Beach

With its peaceful winds, salty air, and soft sands the beach can be the perfect place to unwind. So why not maximize your relaxation with a little beach yoga? We’ve compiled 5 easy yoga moves that even the most inexperienced yogis can master. The below poses can be done in the order listed or flowed together however you see fit. Go ahead, grab your favorite plus size swimsuit or plus size activewear and get your Namaste on!

Modified Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog is a great position for stretching your calves and back.

Begin on all fours with hands shoulder width apart and feet hip-width apart.

Next, bend your knees and lift your hips up and back.

Pro Tip: Try to sink your heels down when you exhale, but only as deeply as you personally feel comfortable with.

 Once you’re ready, try advancing to a standard downward dog (with arms straight).

Then drop back down so you’re resting on your forearms.

Warrior 2

Warrior 2 will stretch your hips and legs. It will also help you to strengthen your abdominal muscles.

Begin standing straight with arms by your sides and feet hip distance apart. Then, step one foot forward and turn your back foot so it is perpendicular to your front foot.

Next, as you exhale sink down so your front knee is directly above your front ankle.

Finally, lift your arms and hold them straight above your center, pulling up through your whole body, then slowly lower right over right and leftover left to mimic picture below.

Pro Tip: Remember to keep your heels in line with each other, and don’t forget to breathe.

Child’s Pose

This pose is relatively easy to do and has been shown to reduce stress and help with back and shoulder pain.

Start on all fours, with your shoulders directly above your wrists, and your hips directly above your knees.

Next, move your feet so that your big toes touch and bring your knees out so that they are slightly farther apart.

Then, sit back on your heels, and lower your head down to touch your mat.

Pro Tip: You can keep your arms straight, reaching ahead of you OR move them back so that they are along your sides.

Cobra Pose

Cobra pose is perfect to work your arms, shoulders, chest, and back. It will also help to stretch out your abdominal muscles.

Begin by laying on your stomach.

Next, place your hands underneath your shoulders and push into your mat (or towel) to lift your shoulders.

Pro Tip: Make sure that you are engaging your abdominal muscles, and lengthening your spine. This position is perfect to “sneak in” right before you head to the water.

Easy Pose

At the beginning or end of your practice, easy pose will help you relax your mind and body.

Simply sit with your legs crossed, forearms on knees and palms facing up.

Pro Tip: Elongate your spine, focus on your breathing, and let your body relax.

Remember yoga is all about knowing your limits and listening to your body.

Regardless of how long you hold each pose or how many you do, be proud of yourself for making an effort and taking the time to center your body and mind!

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