Tired of yoga photos that depict every yogi as a thin, muscly, pretzel? Want your Instagram feed and website to include refreshingly accessible poses that can inspire students without intimidating them? I’ve got you with this list.
Btw, if you want to add in some more advanced skills to show your practice, check out this post for 21 pose ideas.
1. Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
Make it more accessible: let’s normalise bent knees!
2. Reverse Warrior (Viparita Virabhadrasana)
Stretch towards the sky in Reverse Warrior, embodying the strength and resilience within you. This pose balances strength and softness.
3. Seated Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Seated in a twist, release tension and welcome fresh perspectives. This pose captures the essence of calm and serenity, inviting viewers to pause and immerse themselves in the moment’s tranquillity.
4. Low Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
As one foot remains grounded, the other extends forward in Low Lunge, symbolising the delicate balance between progress and rootedness. With determination and poise, this pose portrays strength and vulnerability.
Make it unique: play with different arm variations – lifting them, bending in different shapes, reaching forward or down.
5. Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
Balancing on one leg in Tree Pose, feel the grounding energy beneath you. With an extended leg reaching for the sky, embody aspirations and growth. Amidst a lush forest backdrop, this pose resonates with nature’s harmony.
Make it unique: play with different arm variations here too!
6. Prayer Pose (Pranamasana)
Join your palms at heart or third eye centre in Prayer Pose, a gesture of gratitude and reverence. A simple yet profound stance, it symbolises mindfulness and connection. Amidst a serene garden, radiate harmony and presence.
Get variety: Try sitting and standing variations with your hands by your chest, forehead, above your head and reaching up.
I hope these poses help you for your next shoot! If you’re looking for more ideas, check out this post for 21 pose ideas.