7 Yoga Poses to Help You Feel Open This Thanksgiving

 In Beginner Yoga

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and we’re sure you’re ready to sit at the table and eat, eat, eat. From turkey to stuffing to pumpkin pie, you’ve got a full day ahead of you. 

However, it’s also important, of course, to focus on everything you’re grateful for this Thanksgiving. To help you get there, we’ve listed seven heart-opening yoga poses that can help you feel more thankful and open to everything around you (even if it’s being open and kind toward your crazy relatives!). 

For advanced and beginner yogis alike, Yoga Pod Denver West is the perfect place to continue your practice. If you are interested in beginner yoga, then visit our yoga studio today! The benefits of yoga are immense, and heart-openers are just the beginning. Keep reading for inspiration, and then join us at Yoga Pod Denver West for beginner yoga! We’re conveniently nestled near I-70/HWY 6 in Golden.

Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

Although often accessible during beginner yoga, this pose can be modified by placing a rolled-up blanket under your thighs. While lying on your stomach, reach your hands back to the outsides of your feet and then pull upward toward the sky.

Camel Pose (Ustrasana)

Use a wall or prop to protect your neck if your shoulders are especially tight. Kneel on the ground with your heels toward the sky and then slowly reach your hands back to your heels. During beginner yoga, only go as far as is comfortable.

Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

Lying on your stomach, lift your chest up by pushing your hands into your mat. Open your heart and roll the shoulders down without overarching your back.

Dancer’s Pose (Natarajasana)

For beginner yoga, try bending your supporting leg or balancing your free arm against the wall for added stability during this challenging standing balance.

Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Lie on your back with a block underneath your upper back. Lean back and allow your head to reach back and touch the floor while your forearms and elbows press firmly against the floor by your sides.

Upward-Facing Dog Pose (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

Come into cobra but fully extend your arms directly below your shoulders and press the tops of your feet into your mat, therefore lifting your knees off the ground. This will cause you to lift and open your chest!

Wheel Pose (Chakrasana)

This may not be accessible during beginner yoga, but your yoga instructor can always suggest a modification, such as bridge pose. With your fingers pointing the same direction as your toes, you’ll lift into all fours with your stomach toward the ceiling for an intense heart opener.

Try Beginner Yoga at Yoga Pod Denver West

Beginner yoga doesn’t have to be scary — at least, not when you’re at Yoga Pod Denver West! Our yoga studio is inviting and our yoga instructors are always ready to offer modifications as you begin to practice yoga. Check out our schedule to see which yoga classes you might be able to attend, but be sure to check out podFLOW1 as you first get started! We’ll see you for beginner yoga soon, and happy Thanksgiving!

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