Physical Alignment Tips For All Yoga Poses at Home
Starting yoga at home can be tricky when you are trying to grow your flow. You don’t have a teacher to correct you. You don’t have other students for examples.
It’s just you and your being figuring things out. Both have their benefits.
But what how do you get aligned in poses when there is no one to guide you?
Well yogi, today is your lucky day. We are going to go over some physical alignment tips for yoga poses at home. These can apply to ANY yoga pose!
Let’s not waste anymore time and dive right in!
A.K.A Mountain Pose. In this pose we are in our natural alignment.
Shoulders should be back and down.
Core should be slightly engaged.
Hips should be beside one another.
Everything is stacked on top of eachother. It’s beautiful how our bodies work.
With each pose you want to try your best to strive for Tadasana.
Let’s say you are in a Warrior 2 Pose. Obviously here, the bottom half of our bodies wont be in a Mountain Pose. However, we can bring awareness to the top half of our body and adjust.
Shoulders back and down.
Core should be engaged.
Everything should stack.
Every pose will look and feel different. Just bring the best awareness to your body, you can. I hope this one makes sense for you!
ALWAYS ENGAGE YOUR CORE:
In most poses, with the exceptions of some super juicy restorative poses, your core should always be engaged. Even if its just slightly engaged.
Some poses such as forward folds will have you needing to pull your core inward.
Some poses will demand you tighten your core. Get strong here.
Some poses will demand you breathe into the core.
Your core is an important part of your body. With proper use of the core you can help protect the rest of your body. Especially the lower back. Back pain anyone?
Pay close attention to your core in your next practice to see if you are utilizing it.
YOUR HANDS MATTER:
Whether you have your hands on the mat or in the air, you should always make sure of a few things.
One, your fingers should be spread wide. You see our hands intake energy. When your fingers are spread wide this allows an open channel for energy to flow in.
Two, your pointer finger should be at 12 o’clock. This will allow our wrists to be in alignment also. If you are having wrist pain, check your fingers.
Three, your wrist should be comfortable. You will know if they are not.
Postures not poses, yes they are different!
Postures break down poses. They help us see the individual parts that make up a pose.
They’re postures of the arms, legs, core, neck, and even the face!
I cover a few of them in my Create Your Home Yoga Practice Workshop you can check out HERE.
But I’m also in the process of making a Postures and Mudras Workshop. Coming Soon!
THINK ABOUT YOUR BONES:
You know all the long bones in your body?
Each time you are in a pose make sure the long bones are in line with each other.
Which goes back to the Tadasana example. All long bones are stacked in a normal Tadasana standing pose. Strive for that.
While you are trying to align your body within poses, listen first to your body and intuition. If your body is screaming at you, don’t ignore it.
Our bodies speak to us in sensation. If you feel any pinching or pain, it’s time to adjust and back off.
If you listen close enough to your body it might tell you exactly how the pose needs to be aligned. Our bodies are smart and intelligent. It’s pretty amazing actually.
I hope you enjoyed some tips on how to physically align in all yoga poses at home.