Whether you want to relax, unwind or are trying desperately to find your ambition to workout again, these simple yoga poses for moms will get you started.
Seriously, my kids are still pretty young but oh my goodness, who has freakin’ time to work out? My kids are my workout. Up and down, running after them, wiping noses, battling my son who is almost stronger than me for a diaper change… The list goes on and my energy level goes with it. But sometimes, we need something just for us, don’t we? Where were not doing all of those parenting things, where we are doing something just for us. And it’s so much more relaxing when we’re not battling bodily fluids or sprinting to avoid a mess. Just a nice, calm time when we can focus on ourselves and our well being. That’s where these yoga poses come in.
If you’ve never tried yoga, don’t fret. For real. I’ve been doing it on and off for years and I’m about as flexible as a log. The important thing is the breathing. Focusing on your body and just getting out of your own damn head for a moment.
1. The Cat-Cow Pose
This pose is super easy to do and doesn’t require much flexibility at all (thank goodness). It helps you stretch out your spine and kind of massages your internal organs – I realize that sounds a little creepy but just go with me on this one.
2. Mountain Pose
This pose is the base of all standing poses. It can help you improve your posture and is amazing for sciatica – I can tell you from experience. I suffered from it through both of my pregnancies and after.
3. Downward Facing Dog Pose
This will probably be a little difficult for some of you. My legs aren’t very flexible, but I still make this one work the best I can. I love this pose because it’s one of those where you can see improvement in a short amount of time.
4. Plank Pose
Did you know that a plank was also a yoga pose? It surprised me too! But it really is one of the perfect poses and doesn’t actually require a ton of strength. Plus, if you find that it is a little too difficult on your arms, start on your knees and work your way to getting up on your toes.
5. Triangle Pose
The triangle pose might seem a little more complicated, but you’ve got this. Make sure to breathe and don’t overextend. If you can only reach halfway down your leg, don’t worry! And don’t force it! You’ll get there if you keep with it!
6. Tree Pose
This pose is basic and great for your posture. Plus it’s fun to do. Try doing the mountain pose, triangle pose then tree pose. Follow it up with …
7. Warrior Pose
I love this pose because it is easy to do, doesn’t require a lot of flexibility. It looks like it does, but it’s deceptively easy. And the name is awesome and makes you feel empowered.
Bonus: Runners Lunge
Primarily because we this pose is needed for warriors pose, I wanted to make sure to have this instruction in here for you.
There you have it, let me know if you tried any of these or if you have your own easy poses to share!