We’ve told you all about our amazing yoga deck, but what if you’ve never done yoga before?
No worries! We’re here to help you learn a few basic moves you can whip out to show off your skills while you’re making use of our uber tranquil yoga deck on our amenities floor. These are five of our favourite moves, ranging from easiest to hardest. Try ‘em out!
I guess this one isn’t the best one to kick off the list, but it’s really important to know the Child’s Pose, mainly because it’s used when you want to rest during yoga (hence why it’s the easiest pose). All you have to do is kneel, sit back on your feet and place your arms out in front of you on the ground so that’s they’re straight, then hang out. Pretty simple right? Moving on.
This is a great one to stretch out your back. While you’re still on your knees, your back should be up straight until you reach back to grab your heels. Try to arch your back as much as you can to get the full effect. You should look like this lovely lady below.
There’s a few different variations of the Warrior pose, but we like this one. From a standing position, lunge your right leg forward with the right knee bent and the left leg completely straight. Your right knee should be directly over top the centre of your foot, so if it’s swaying off to the left, you’re doing it wrong! Your arms should be straight, aligned with your shoulders and parallel to the floor, with the right arm out front and the left to the back. Got it?
Downward Facing Dog:
This is just about the most classic yoga pose out there. For Downward Facing Dog, kneel on your mat and place your hands firmly in front of you on the ground. As you lift your body up, move your legs back and place your feet flat on the ground. Again, you should look like the lovely lady below. Make sure you keep your body bent but your back completely flat.
One-Legged Upward Bow:
This one is a bit tough but we’re throwing it in here because we believe in you! This pose literally stretches your whole body if you can do it right. Lay flat on your back with your knees bent and your feet aligned with your hips. Reach your arms back, put your hands on the floor beside your head, and lift your hips up so your back is arched and your hands and feet are both firmly on the ground. Once you’re comfortable, shift your weight to your left foot and bend your right knee as you lift it into the air. Try to keep your right leg as straight as possible once it’s up there! Like we said, this one is tough so you can try it without lifting your leg up for the first few times.
Congrats! You now know at least 5 yoga poses you can try out on our yoga deck and if you want more practice or want to learn more moves, we recommend checking out one of the great yoga studios around Yonge and Eglinton like Yoga Tree or Fireflow Yoga.