5 Simple Yoga Positions You Should Know

It’s summertime, which means it’s time for swimsuits, shorts, tank tops, and all. Summertime is everyone’s favorite time- except if you put off getting that #summerbod and want to lose weight, ASAP. If you’re one of those people and are trying to cram in workouts to your everyday schedule, it’s essential not to forget to take some days to calm your body. Stretching and relaxing your muscles is just as important as getting them active. A perfect way to stretch your muscles and relax your mind while still getting a workout in is with yoga. You don’t need a fancy studio and lavender essential oil to do yoga. You can do it in the comfort of your home on a soft surface. We’re coming at you with five simple yoga poses you can do at home to get your body flowing.

Downward Facing Dog
Get on all fours with hands directly under shoulders and knees under hips. Slowly walk hands a few inches forward and spread fingers wide, pressing palms into mat. Curl toes under and slowly press hips toward ceiling, bringing your body into an inverted V, pressing shoulders away from ears.

Warrior
Stand with legs 3 feet apart, turning right foot out 90 degrees and left foot in slightly. Bring your hands to your hips and relax your shoulders, then extend arms out to the sides, palms down. Bend right knee, keeping it over the ankle. Look over your right hand and stay for one minute.

Tree Pose
Stand with your arms at side, shift weight onto your left leg and place the sole of your right foot inside your left thigh. Make sure to keep your hips forward. Once you are balanced, bring your hands in front of you in a prayer position and extend your arms over shoulders, palms separated and facing each another. Repeat on the opposite side.

Triangle
Stand with your feet apart. Open your arms to the sides at shoulder height. Turn your right foot out 90 degrees and your left toes in about 45 degrees. Stretch your body over and reach for your ride side an place your right hand down on your ankle and extend your left arm to the sky. Repeat on the opposite side.

Child’s Pose
Resting pose. Start on all fours, then bring your knees and feet together. As you do this, sit your butt back to your heels and move your arms forward. Lower your forehead to as low as it can go. Relax your body and enjoy the stretch!