These five poses will leave you feeling stretched and refreshed.
Among the many benefits of yoga—increased flexibility, stress reduction, improved sleep—is the fact that you don’t need a whole lot of space in order to practice it. A standard size mat measures 24 inches wide by 68 inches long, meaning you just need to carve out a little bit of floor space to get a great yoga workout at home.
In this video, Sarah Jackson of Lemondrop Yoga in New York City, demonstrates five common yoga poses that anyone—whether you’re a beginner or a novice—can do in the comfort of your house or apartment. Jackson begins on her hands and knees in a tabletop pose before pressing her hips back into Downward Facing Dog pose. She then pedals her feet back and forth several times for a deep hamstring stretch. Next, Jackson flows into Warrior II pose on her on her right side. Jackson bends and straightens her right leg while her left leg stays rooted to the ground. Her arms are outstretched when her right leg is bent, and then they come together above her head when her legs are straight. From there, Jackson moves into Triangle pose. With arms still outstretched she extends the right side of her torso, bends at the hip and brings her right hand to her ankle. Jackson then gently twists her upper body and turns her gaze to the ceiling. Next in the sequence is Extended Side Angle Pose. Jackson bends her right knee over her right ankle, rests her forearm on her right thigh, and stretches her left arm over her left ear. The series ends with a low lunge and forward fold. After completing the sequence on your right side, Jackson says to repeat it on your left side. Jackson also recommends ending the yoga sequence with Savasana, or corpse pose. Lie flat on your back with your palms facing the ceiling. Then close your eyes and take a few moments to just relax and breathe.