Any new practice can be intimidating – be it sports or music, or the geekier things I love like cosplay or learning Klingon (Qapla!, or Success! with that one). Thankfully, yoga is among the easiest practices to begin – and it’s immediately rewarding.
To start, try out these three simple beginner’s poses (Mountain Pose, Child’s Pose, and Downward Facing Dog). Start out right now on your living room carpet – or better yet, a nice squishy sticky yoga mat if you have one. For more on the specific geeky yoga things I love, click here. Or to learn a few important yoga terms – with a fandom twist – try here.
If you like, click on each for a fandom meditation – I love to connect my physical yoga practice with my mental passions.
1. Mountain Pose
Stand up, palms forward or in prayer position. Feet spread slightly. Torso over hips. Look slightly down.
2. Child’s Pose
Kneel down, knees spread or together, and touch your forehead to the ground. Arms can spread out or go under your head.
3. Downward Facing Dog
Plant your hands on the ground and step back until you feel a stretch in your calves, making a triangle shape.
If you want to keep going, fantastic! You can find more poses here. There is a multitude of information elsewhere about the intricacies each pose, too, so get googling.
Certainly also consider a local yoga class – there’s nothing quite like a good yoga teacher to help you get into your poses, or other students to inspire you. Yoga classes also set a meditative mood you just can’t get in your own home.