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Learn all the basic yoga poses -- downward facing dog, lotus, plank, and so on -- so you can get toned and find a little inner calmness, too.
You Will Need
- Comfortable clothing suitable for stretching and moving
- A calm place where you won't be distracted or disturbed
- A yoga mat or folded blanket
Stand at the front of your mat with your feet shoulder-width apart and your weight evenly distributed between them, your spine erect, and your arms at your sides.
Raise right knee
While exhaling, bend your right knee, and bring it up toward your chest. Slip the middle and index fingers of your right hand around the big toe on your right foot. Place your left hand on your hip, and remain balanced this way for several breaths.
Extend right leg
While inhaling, slowly extend your right leg, keeping your fingers entwined with your big toe. Straighten your standing leg. Lift your chest forward and up, and lift the top of your head straight up toward the ceiling. Do not lean back.
Hold the pose for several breaths.
Slowly bend your right knee and bring your right leg back close to your body.
Release your fingers from your toe and lower your foot to the ground, and relax.
Repeat the pose with your left leg and hold it for the same number of breaths that you did on your right.
Release the pose and lower your left foot to the ground. Definitely better than unstrung and unbalanced.