Did you know ? One in five French people (20.5%) have already said they have done yoga in recent years (Source: National Union of Yoga Teachers)
The tree pose (or Vrikshasana)
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To do what ? Develop your balance and concentration
posture : Stand upright with your feet parallel and slightly apart. Fix a landmark placed in front of you to maintain balance during the exercise. Put your hands in front of your chest as if greeting someone, then inhale raising your hands to the sky until your arms are straight. Balance on one leg and place the foot of the balancing leg on the supporting leg. Return to the initial position while exhaling deeply.
The pose of the dog muzzle facing the sky (or Panca)
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To do what ? Stretch and soften the front of the body
posture : Lie on the floor, face down, legs hip-width apart and feet pointing back. Place your hands flat on either side of your chest and gently extend your arms to stand up. Be sure to keep your legs on the ground and lift your pelvis very slightly. Also remember to stretch your head well in line with the spine!
Bow Pose (or Dhanurasana)
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To do what ? Help keep the line
posture : Lie face down on the floor. Place your arms alongside your body. Bring your heels to your butt, then grab your ankles, arching as much as possible. However, be careful not to overdo the movement so as not to injure yourself during the exercise. Keep this posture for a few moments, while breathing slowly and regularly, then return to the initial position.
Warrior Pose 2 (or Virabhadrasana II)
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To do what ? Strengthen and tone all the muscles of the body
posture : Standing, align your heels on a fictitious line about 90 cm apart. Turn your back foot inward at 90 degrees. Raise your arms horizontally, parallel to the floor, palms down. Then, bend the front knee, aligning it with your ankle so that the shin is perpendicular to the floor. Keep your head straight and look ahead.
The lotus posture (or Padmasana)
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To do what ? Regulate your breathing and be in tune with yourself
posture : Sitting cross-legged (or in a lotus position), join both hands in front of your chest as a sign of unity. Then lay them on your lap, palms up. Or, as in the photo, place your forearms on your knees and turn your hands to the sky. Breathe while stretching your spine, close your eyes and bring your attention to your emotions and sensations.