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8 Beginner Yoga Poses

By , SparkPeople Blogger
For years celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston have attributed their lean physiques and flexibility to yoga, an activity that has been practiced for thousands of years. Even SparkPeople's own editor, Stepfanie Romine, practices as well as teaches yoga to students in the Cincinnati area.

Many athletes from runners, to gymnasts to even professional football players have embraced yoga as a means to help with flexibility, balance and posture alignment.  It is also a great activity to help manage stress and with that middle age spread many of us are plagued with as we reach that time in our lives.

If you have never practiced yoga, I have gathered together links from other sites as well as the site of some basic yoga poses that may help you continue on your path to healthy living. As with any new exercise, if you have medical issues you may want to check with your own physician to verify that this activity is suited for you.

Downward Dog

Upward Dog

Bridge Pose


Child's Pose

Dolphin Pose

Tree Twist


Do you practice yoga? If so, what is your favorite pose? What benefits have you received from yoga?

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