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By Guest Blogger: Denetrya Brookins

Whether you are a newbie to yoga, need to find that perfect studio home, or just lack the time to get to a studio. There are some basic poses that you could do from the comforts of your own home. These postures can be performed alone or in a "flow/sequence":

1. Half standing forward fold / Ardha Uttanasana

This pose opens up the chest and shoulders, elongates the spine, activates the abdominal muscles and also strengthens the back muscles.

Start in mountain pose with the legs parallel, hip width distant.  Fold the torso over the legs and flatten the back. Shift the body weight into the toes. Keeping the chest away from the thighs, reaching the hands towards the floor with straight arms.

Hold for 3-5 full breaths.

2. Downward Facing Dog/ Adho mukha shvanasana

This pose creates length in the spine and lower body, while simultaneously increasing strength in the arms, shoulders and back.

From half standing forward fold, plant the palms into the mat, arms shoulder width distant. Step both feet back with legs hip with distance, shift the bodyweight center extending the hips upward looking towards the belly.

Hold for 3-5 full breaths.

3. Child's Pose/ Balasana

This pose calms the mind and body and stretch the lower back, hips, and ankles.

From downward facing dog, lower to the knees and then come onto all fours with the wrists in line with the shoulders and knees beneath the hips. Then lower the hips toward the heels. Rest the forehead on the mat, extending the arms forward or place them alongside the hips.

4. Yoga Push-Up/ Chaturanga

This pose will transform the arms, glutes, thighs and core.

From Child's pose, shift the body weight forward and extend the legs out towards the back of the mat hip width distant. Engaging the core, bend the elbows halfway to meet at the ribs. Keep the gaze forward.

Hold for 3-5 breaths.

5. Corpse/ Savasana

This pose calms the entire body.

From yoga push up lower the knees, swivel the legs out to the side and lie on the back, open the legs as wide as the mat allowing the toes to splay outward and release the arms at a slight angle from the shoulders, palms facing up. Close the eyes, relax the muscles in the face and breathe naturally.

Relax here for several minutes.

Denetrya Brookins is the Yes2Yoga Founder + Certified Hatha Yoga + Certified Children's Yoga Instructor. She teaches Hatha and Children's Yoga classes throughout South Florida and hosts workshops nationally and internationally.

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