A good yoga session should last about 30 minutes and it is best to use an exercise mat or blanket to sit on. Yoga poses for beginners fall into several categories and this article will go over the basics of each.

Standing Postures: These poses in the upright position help to relieve the tension, aches and pains in your body on the outside. While internally they help keep the kidney’s functioning correctly. Your circulation and breathing could improve along with your pelvis and lower back area. With regular practising standing poses will help improve the strength of your knees, shoulders, hips and neck.

Seated Postures: These poses in the seated position are calming poses and have been proven to help relieve stress. You will find that your nerves become relaxed and soothed and you will feel less tired. Many people find that they sleep much better after performing these types of poses.

Reclining Postures: Poses in this class fall into two categories, the prone and the supine pose. The prone poses are the ones done on the floor with you facing downwards. Prone poses help to rejuvenate and energize your body. You are usually lying on your stomach or holding yourself on your hands and knees. The supine poses are those done while lying on your back. These are more restful poses and are normally done at the end of the yoga session.

Forward Bends: These movements help to strengthen your lower back and your hamstrings. They also help with improving your circulation and your digestion.

Back Bends: These movements help to encourage deep breathing and are great for anyone suffering from depression. Your body and mind will feel more energized after performing these movements.

Side Bends: These movements help to stimulate some of your organs including the stomach, liver and your kidneys.

Twists: These poses can be done in either a sitting or standing position. The sitting twists are very intense and increase the mobility of your spine. These poses are also great for relieving headaches, stiff neck and shoulders and backache.

Inverted Postures: An inverted posture reverses gravity and brings fresh blood to your heart and head. These poses are great for anyone needing to improve their circulation and refresh your tired legs.

Balancing Postures: These poses will help develop strength and agility along with improved muscle control and coordination.

Yoga is considered a full body workout because it moves your body in all directions in a very gentle way. Each muscle group becomes stretched and toned. You will find that you develop more flexibility and enjoy greater mobility in your everyday life. Yoga is particularly helpful for anyone suffering from circulatory and breathing problems.