Being new to yoga is like being new to the world of wine. It can be intimidating; you watch yogis and connoisseurs and wonder if you’ll ever understand all the intricacies of these arts. But here is the secret: practice! These are journeys, and it’s in the exploration and discovery that you find the joy. That said, here are some great poses (and our suggestions for yogi wines!) to get you started.
Cat Pose: Start in a tabletop position with your hips and knees aligned and your shoulders, elbows, and wrists stacked. Your neck should be neutral; exhale and round your back up (like a cat), tuck your pelvis in, and keep your eyes on the floor. Hold. Inhale and return to tabletop.
Cow Pose: A great complement to Cat Pose, you’ll start in tabletop. Inhale and elevate your sit bones and chest, allowing your belly to lower. Keep your eyes straight ahead with a softly lifted neck. Exhale and return to tabletop. Alternate with Cat Pose for a fantastic back stretch.
Child’s Pose: This is a foundational pose, which can help you transition into more challenging moves. Kneel and bring your big toes together. Sit on your heels. If this is uncomfortable, get as close as you can. No worries! Your knees should be open as wide as your hips. Lengthen your spine. Exhale and bring your torso down between your thighs, resting your head on the floor. Extend your arms, lengthening all the way from hips to fingertips. Breathe and relax.
Wine is a great complement to your yoga practice; take the time to fully appreciate what your body can do and how your breath moves in you. Likewise, savor the wine and note its complexities. A quality green wine like Natura Syrah, Malbec, or Rose offers clean notes and refreshing bursts of fruit and floral flavors. Enjoy your practice, and remember, it’s a delicious journey!