10 Yoga Poses for Beginners

5. Downward Facing Dog

Maybe you’ve heard of this pose, and maybe you haven’t. It’s one of the most common poses in yoga, and one of the most rewarding poses in the long run. If you don’t have a lot of upper body strength, or really limited flexibility in your hamstrings, downward dog can be a really great tool to help with that. Before you do this pose, keep a few things in mind: make sure you are pressing down through the entirety of your hand, not just your fingertips; make sure you are engaging your arms through your shoulder blades; make sure you are trying to lift your hips up and back; and, make sure you bend your knees if you need to!

Woman doing downward dog on beach