Small, pretty and hidden between cliffs they are bathed by some of the most turquoise waters you’ll ever see.
7 yoga positions perfect for practicing on the beach
Yoga represents the union of body and mind, balance and stability. This millenarian practice allows you to reach a state of tranquility, calmness and concentration. The coordination of low and steady movements with proper breathing causes a pleasant sensation of relaxation.
Holidays are the perfect time to get you started on the wonderful art of yoga. It will help you to disconnect and forget the stress and daily worries. You can practice it anywhere, whatever your age or level of ability.
Nevertheless, if you are going to spend your holidays next to the sea we have to recommend that you use the beach to do your yoga routine. It’s the perfect scenario. If you do not have a special mat, a towel will be enough for you to perform the postures on the sand.
The air, fresh from the sea, will cleanse your lungs. At the same time, the sound of the waves will invite you to concentrate and the sun will help you produce vitamin D (do not forget to protect your skin!). As an additional advantage, the unstable sand soil will test your balance.
Pay attention and start practicing these postures for your yoga routine at the beach.
Okay, technically this is not a yoga posture, but it is the perfect way to start the practice. Sit down and breathe. Feel the breeze, the sound of the sea and let the air in and out of your lungs normally. Do this for five minutes in order to reach the necessary calm.
In order to warm up your body it is convenient to do some stretching. When sitting, place your forearm on the floor (with the back of your hand facing down) and bring the other arm straight up and tense. Stretch the entire side of your body. When finished, repeat the same routine with the other arm.
Sitting, with your legs stretched on the floor, lean back as you raise your legs. Once you are comfortable in that position, extend your arms forward as well. Your body will remain like a triangle on the ground.
In this posture arms, back and stomach act in order to reach a firm balance.
It is a classic yoga posture used to stretch, especially, the back. Begin the position kneeling, aligning your hands with your shoulders and your knees with your hips. Lift your hips while stretching your legs, tense your arms and try to keep your heels on the floor. To finish, relax your head facing the floor.
The Warrior I
Put your feet together and take a long step backwards while flexing the knee of the front leg in a 90º angle. It is important that the knee stays the foot. Tense your legs, raise your hands to the sky and lean backwards slightly. Breathe deep.
The Warrior II
This posture is a derivation from the previous one. Open your legs until your feet are one meter away from each other. Lift your arms parallel to the floor with the palms facing down. Get some air and slowly start flexing your front knee. If you can, tilt your body until you touch the front leg with the back of your hand. Direct the other hand with energy towards the sky. It is important that the whole body stays balanced, avoiding advancing the hips.
Test your balance with the tree pose. Stand with your back straight, breathe and begin to raise one foot in order to form a triangle with the right thigh. Next, join the palms of the hands and raise them above the head. Try to keep your balance for a few seconds and then repeat the same with the other foot.
Once you’re done, practice meditation for another five minutes. Then, still in a meditation position, bring the palms of your hands to the heart, breathe in and pronounce a vibrant and deep “ooooooommmm”. Namasté!