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10 Cool Beginner-Friendly Yoga Poses For A Yoga Selfie

Laura Finch on May 19, 2020
Laura is a yoga teacher who completed 200 hours of training.

Some find yoga selfies superficial and annoying. Others find pride and motivation in posting pictures of their yoga practice online. Love it or hate it, but every yogi should take photos of their poses once in a while.

Here’s why.

Four Reasons To Take Yoga Selfies

Track Your Progress

Taking yoga selfies is one of the best ways to keep an eye on your progress. We tend to neglect and take for granted small (yet important!) changes our bodies go through in the course of the yoga practice. Weeks may pass with seemingly no result in flexibility and strength.

Snap a photo of the pose you’re struggling with and compare it to the picture taken a few weeks later. You’ll be surprised to see the noticeable transition.

Get Motivated

For me, yoga selfies are the most excellent source of inspiration. There’s nothing greater than seeing your alignment getting better, your muscles more defined and the body more supple.

The sole fact that I got into the pose (even for a few seconds to capture a shot) gives me a sense of accomplishment and inspires me to move forward in my journey.

Stay Connected

We’re living in a fantastic time of social media. Why not take the full advantage of it?

Share your yoga progress pictures with the online community, connect with the like-minded people, get invaluable tips and words of encouragements from friends and strangers alike. Who knows, maybe you’ll become a source of inspiration for someone.

Explore Creativity

Instagram alone features millions of yoga photos. And there are some amazing ideas out there for your self-practice. Explore new pose variations, mix yoga with dancing, and share your creativity on and off the mat.

Here is the list of my all-time favorite yoga Instagram accounts for ideas and inspiration.

Ten Easy Yoga Poses For Your Yoga Journal (Or Instagram Feed)

You don’t have to get upside down or twist into a pretzel for an awesome yoga photograph. With a bit of imagination and playfulness, your selfies in these basic yoga poses can turn you into a new yogi star.

Try these ten accessible yoga poses that even a beginner can do.

Mountain Pose/Tadasana

Mountain Pose is the foundational yoga asana that teaches us to stand on our feet. It activates the whole body and fires up your focus and mind. It is standing meditation, even though it doesn’t look like much from the outside.

Take a selfie of your Tadasana. Write down what you were holding onto mentally at that moment and what made you feel strong. You’ll find it useful to get back to your thoughts as you progress in your practice.

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Two roads diverged in the desert ....I took the less travelled one and that made all the difference #desert#roads#black#barefoot#egypt#highway#travel#explore#openup#yoga#toerings#yogaeverydamnday#yogaeverywhere#yogalover#yogastudent#mountainpose#mountains#sky#egypt#love#peace#shanti#namaste#yogaforall#natural#yogateacher#wind#🕉#photography#photos#bracelets#

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Why aren’t we running like we are on fire towards our wildest dreams? Why are more and more people “settling”. This life is 100 percent your responsibility and no one is going to be able to make you shine the way you do, solely on your own. Please don’t doubt yourself, you deserve to do YOUR thing. You deserve to live out your wildest abilities and have everything you’ve ever dreamt of. Run, run as fast as you can. Because time doesn’t pause and life always goes on, and it’s up to you to chase your dreams. #dreamcatcher

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Easy Pose/Sukhasana

Easy Pose is a great pose for your first yoga selfie. And it’s tons of fun to play with if you’re good with photo editing.

It may sound counterintuitive, but Easy Pose is not that easy. The wandering mind often struggles with finding stillness, so be patient and gentle with yourself.

Write down what made you feel grateful at the moment the photo was taken. This will serve as a good reminder when stress hits you.

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✨“When your energy vibrates at a frequency that is within direct alignment to what the Universe has been attempting to deliver your entire life, you begin to live in the flow and true miracles start to happen.” ~#panacheDesai . ✨ Stop running from your passion and purpose. Decide today to finally live your dharma and create the greatest version of yourself. Don’t be afraid to be extraordinary and #vibratehigher . 📸 BY: @michaelatodaro . ✨ #prosperity #abundance #purpose #affirmations #manifest #sukasana #wealth #mind #singlemom #dharma #mompreneur #womeninbusiness #girlboss #momboss #ladyboss #momlife #bebold #fitmom #motivated #bosslady #entrepreneur

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INSPIRATION/ I owe a big thank you to @deadlovejunkies for this awesome montage from my pics. I get notified at times of beautiful art works some people do (@gbsketch_ 😉) and I am always very grateful and flattered also to be a source of inspiration for them even though I feel like ordinary people. I have myself so many people and things I get inspired from and I can’t believe I could also myself be. Never forget that you can be an inspiration to others, no matter what you feel you have or have not achieved. 😉

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Child’s Pose/Balasana

Sweaty yoga feels terrific, but you have to know when to take a break and give your body, heart, and mind some rest. When you need to slow down, Balasana is there for you.

Take a photo of your Balasana and write down what makes you calm and peaceful. Remind yourself of these things when you feel anxious and unease.

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🐱Now that I got your attention, we need to talk about the serious stuff: The importance of SLEEP. . 🐱Are you a crazy person, like me, that is avoiding sleep and overdoes everything until a burnout? . 🐱I have always been feeling that sleep is a waste of time, a habbit that started when I was a teenager. I felt it was keeping me from doing all the things I wanted to do. . 🐱I am 33 and still feel the same. My body has reached multiple points of burnout and frequent breakdowns, last one, again, on Sunday. (If you have been around for a while, or follow me from my pole account, you might know this already.) . 🐱Whether I like it or not, sleep is important. 7-8 hours of sleep everyday are restoring the body and mind, balancing the hormone levels, help the wounds heal, balance our mood, release stress, help in digestion and muscle building, etc etc. Sleep is VITAL. Good quality of sleep makes any training better, boosts the metabolism, it even makes your skin look better! . 🐱I am making a promise from now on that I will try to get good quality of sleep, I will try to like the ritual of sleep, instead of being threatened by it. And I would recommend this to everyone.🙏🙏

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Tree Pose/Vriksasana

Life is all about balance. So is the Tree Pose.

Stand tall, lengthen, and open up to life and new experiences. When taking a picture, think of what makes you feel proud of yourself at the moment.

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Vrksasana (vrik-SHAHS-uh-nah) is commonly referred to as tree pose in most yoga classes. The traditional shape of the pose stretches your inner thighs, groin, and shoulders while simultaneously strengthening your thighs, calves, core, and foot muscles. It’s also beneficial for strengthening and improving your posture. A great exercise in practice and patience, this seemingly basic asana provides subtle reminders about your posture and interesting insight about your current mental state. . In many Indian traditions, trees, specifically the Ashoka tree, are symbols of love and devotion. Many native cultures seek the knowledge of trees for healing, searching their branches, trunks, leaves, and roots for powerful medicine. Patient by nature, trees are quiet and steady, living their long lives in rhythm with the seasons and the circadian rhythm of the world. In Indian literature, trees often make appearances as sacred symbols of the universe, a bridge between creator and individual. ( • 🙏🏽 • Yoga is a very powerful practice that can change your life. Physically, mentally and emotionally. Every week I’ll be sharing/explaining a different yoga pose. Find a yoga teacher/class near you to guide you properly and let’s flow! Namaste 🙏🏽 #yoga #yogapose #vrikshasana #treepose #baldinyoga

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When you reach for the stars, you are reaching for the farthest thing out there. When you reach deep into yourself, it is the same thing, but in the opposite direction. If you reach in both directions, you will have spanned the universe. - Vera Nazarian ✨🌙🌍 . Vrksasana is an asana I teach in my classes very often. So on day 6 of #AloSummerFavorites I got creative and created this tree variation. . Hosts: @bohemian_heart @seonia @northcarolina_yogagirl @lukegraeber @pigeatsfish SPONSORS: @aloyoga @alo.moves Pose list: Balance ✔️ Hip opener ✔️ Backbend ✔️ Twist ✔️ Bind ✔️ Standing ✔️ Seated Funky Inversion Yogis' choice

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Eagle Arms/Garuda Arms

This is a modified variant of the Eagle Pose, though it’s as powerful as the full version. Sometimes life is as confusing and complicated as a knot. We need to find strength and acceptance to move further and have fun untangling it.

Snap a picture of your Eagle Arms, think of the problem you’re facing and try to find the strength in you to accept the state of things. The solution won’t leave you waiting.

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When people ask me why I‘m practicing yoga, the answer is pretty simple. Because I want to be present. In a culture in which we rush from one day to the next, constantly trying to change our health, our body, or our emotions, or to plan our future, yoga opens up the possibility of connecting to what we already have - to who we already are. So when people tell me that they want to try yoga but don't because they aren't "flexible enough," I always tell them that it isn't about attaining the perfect pose. Use as many blocks as you need. Modify the pose to feel comfortable in your own body. Yoga is not about being "good enough" or "right", it’s about removing any judgment and being present in the current moment 🧘🏼‍♀️✨ shot by @flow.ow.the.angel #bepresent #thepowerofnow #nojudgement #shoelace #garudasanaarms #yinyoga #yinlove #yinster #yogapose #stayinthepose #yogadaily

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Gate Pose/Parighasana

We tend to focus on our ‘problem’ zones and try to build strength and flexibility in certain areas. Gate Pose reminds us to honor every part of our body and cultivate self-love.

Take a photo of your Gate Pose and write down things to like about yourself. Get back to the list whenever you need some compassion and self-assurance.

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A try of the full #parighasana pose. A hard one! #iyengaryoga #iyengar #asana #bksiyengar #yogamen #gatepose #sidestretch #musawork

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Today is day 1 of #renewyogis and my pal @asanavanessa dropped a dope gate pose last night for you all ❤️❤️🥰 Gate is one of my favs for side stretches because you can do it sooo many different ways that loosen up those yummy side muscles. Really happy to be hosting again. I missed it!! Enjoying all of your beautiful gates so far ❤️ - 🤸🏼‍♀️Hosts (in posting order) @asanavanessa @getfityogagirl @bohemian_heart @andreitalevin @benditlikebay - 🧘🏾‍♂️Sponsors @aloyoga @alo.moves - Pose List: Day 1 - V: Gate Pose Day 2 - E: Wild Thing Day 3 - S: Baby Cobra Day 4- A: Eagle Day 5 - B: Firelog Day 6 - V: Low Lunge Day 7 - E: Pigeon Day 8 - S: Bound Side Angle Day 9 - A: Dancer Day 10 - B: Flamingo Day 11 - V: Wide Legged Fold Day 12 - E: Toe Stand - #aloyoga #igyogachallenge #yogachallenge #yogagirl #fitfam #gymrat #fitness  #yogaeverywhere #style #yogaholic #fitnessaddict #eatclean #workout #exercise  #goodvibes #fashion #healthy #lifestyle #progress #yogaart #bbgcommunity #gatepose #selflove #yogini #yogapants

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Goddess Pose/Utkata Konasana

Life isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Sometimes there’s a need to show toughness and reveal your wild side. Whether it’s standing your ground regarding an important decision, cutting off toxic people or relationships, getting back on track after failure.

Think of anything in your life you want to take control of. Write it down near your yoga portrait in Utkata Konasana. This will empower you whenever you feel helpless and weak.

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We are all made of stars 🌟 ⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #selflove #beagoddess #strengthwithin #bodypositivity #yoga #loveyourself #love #yogacommunity #youdeserveit #beautifulbodies #namaste #yogaeverydamnday #selfreflection #yogaoutside #yogalove #selflovematters #positivevibes #yogatherapy #yogastrong #openheart #stillness #empoweringwomen #sunshinegirl #perfectlyimperfect #bodypositive #fitflexyfolk #instagood #lotusflower #goddesspose #bethelight

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High Lunge/Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana

Ever felt not confident enough to try something new?

High Lunge is a great pose to practice when you feel doubt and anxiety. This pose opens the heart, making you vulnerable, but also receptive to new experiences.

Snap the selfie of your High Lunge and write down all of the things you always wanted to try but never dared to. Make it your goal to fulfill at least one of your desires from the list every month.

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Happy New year beautiful beings!! So ready for 2019 and all that it may bring ❤️ . . . #yogaeverydamnday #yogainstructor #alanasana #lungevariation #meditation #bendy #splits #zen #flexible #yogainspiration #yogspiration #inspiredyogis #sanantonio #sanantonioyoga #fitfamsa #igyoga #lunge #yogspiration #yogaphotography #yogisofinstagram #namaste

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Wide-Legged Forward Bend/Prasarita Padottanasana I

When you feel blue or get shivers up and down your back, one of the best things to do in yoga is to ground down and get upside down. Wide-Legged Forward Bend Pose kills two birds with one stone - provides a sense of safety and boosts the mood through increasing blood flow to the brain.

Take a minute to remember things that make you happy. Write them down near the photo of your Wide-Legged Forward Bend. Let it make you smile whenever sadness washes over you.

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M O N D A Y | M O T I V A T I O N ⠀ Saying that mainly because this posture looks like the letter "M" to me and was my cue to save some energy as I was about to edit three pictures. Silly, but it's true! ☺️ ⠀ I had a wonderful teacher training weekend. Enjoying learning so much and trusting what I know and feel. Getting to practice this with others has been heart & soul fulfillment, no doubt. 🙏💓 Thankful to my teacher & friend @kristashirleyyoga for this opportunity, my hubs @nowayhix for his support & grateful to all of you, thank you! 🕉 ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #PrasaritaPadottanasana D wearing @bohemian_island & @liquidoactive

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The real discovery is not finding new things, but seeing things with new eyes ..... #justsaying . . Tomorrow day 3 of #leafyourworries !! #prasaritapadottanasana #wideleggedforwardfold 🍂🍂🍂 Remember to follow and tag all hosts and sponsors. Use the #leafyourworries and set your profile public so we can see you!! . Checkout my amazing hosts variations! . @wellnesschef @aprilannemusic @yoga_blake @thesakurayoga . And give some love to our sponsors!! . @confusedgirlla @om_life_oils @vayumudra . . 🍁big toe pose or gorilla pose ✔️ 🍁extended side angle pose A or B ✔️ 🍁wide-legged forward bend ✔️ 🍁 hand to big toe 🍁 half bind lotus forward fold. . #yogaeveryday #yogastrong #bodyweight #balance #yogamotivation #igyogacommunity #yogalooksgood #yogagirl #myyogajourney #paintedeyes #instayogi #leggingseveryday #yogilife #practiceyogachangeyourworld #yogaforlife #stronggirl #bodyshape #yogisofinstagram #yogaphotography #yogasana #yogafit #yogamexico #yogamex #tofy #alwaysforu

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Half Lord of the Fishes Pose/Ardha Matsyendrasana

Practicing Half Lord of the Fishes is said to improve digestion, twist out all bad emotions and negative energy as well as spark creativity.

Commit to doing at least one creative thing every week. Whether it’s writing a poem, creating a new yoga pose variation or organizing a beautiful backdrop for your Half Lord of the Fishes yoga selfie.

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Letting the light in. 🌞 Lord of the fishes pose that I somehow missed for Day 7 of the #movetofeel challenge. ✌🏾️❤️🙏🏾 . ••• Hosts @wanderyogi @yogielena @mana_yoga Guest host @carolineanne92 sponsors @shambhalabarcelona @dietradisson @mukhascollection . ••• #yoga #yogachallenge #yogapose #yogadaily #yogaeverywhere #lordofthefishes #health #flexibility #stretch #practicenotperfection #yogajourney #tallyogis #blackyogis

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. D A Y 5 🙏🏽 #YOGAISFOREVERYBODY Vaya día frutitas, casi no llego al reto, esta mañana hice la practica pero con el viaje a Barcelona no me dio tiempo de compartir la foto 😅 ~~~ Bueno os cuento, hoy tocaba torsión, las torsiones son perfectas para la #desintoxicacion y #digestion además de ofrecer plasticidad en la espalda pero.... Si hay un PERO, si tienes una desviación en la columna (como es en mi caso) o escoliosis no es recomendable hacer torsiones muy profundas. ~~~ A mi me encantan, de hecho en la práctica de #ashtanga se incluyen pero siempre las hago con mucho respeto y cariño y si no llego no me frustro porque cada uno tiene sus propias limitaciones, gracias por seguirme en este camino y leer hasta aquí🙏🏽❤️🤗 ~~~ ⚠️PSD: GRACIAS por este día @missyogui @gingerawvegan y @yotambienmecuido ellas me aportan muchísimo como persona y como #mujer y pronto vamos a hacer cositas juntas, así que atentas a nuestras cuentas 😜💚 ~~~ #yogaBarcelona #yogaespaña #yogalloret #yogaSpain #yogajourney #yogacommunity #yogafam #yogateacher #ashtangalove #yogapose #ashtangi #marichyasana #yogapose #yogalove #travellyogini #happyyoga #practicayoga #yogapractice #yogainspo #instayogi #yogalovers #salud #mujer #balivibes

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Tips On Capturing Impressive Yoga Selfies

Safety First

Whether you’re taking a snapshot of your yoga practice at home or showing off your skills in a natural setting, always remember to stay safe. If you come across a perfect location for your yoga portrait, don’t just jump right into the pose. Take the time to warm up your body to avoid strain and sprain.

Needless to be said that if you’re not confident in your balance, don’t do challenging balancing poses in dangerous places.

Get Help

Some yoga portraits, especially in poorly lit setting, will turn out better with outside help, whether from a friend, spouse, or a portable tripod. Having someone taking a photo of your yoga pose will save you the hustle of setting the timer and rushing into the pose – and thus lower the risk of injury.

It’s also always useful to get tips and ideas on your alignment and posing.

Choose A Nice Location

The natural and peaceful setting works excellent with yoga selfies. But no fret if there are no forests, mountains or sea in sight. Look for interesting elements in your city, be it an old doorway or a graffiti wall.

There’s also always an option to organize your sacred home yoga space with décor and plants.

Pay Attention To Details

Don’t forget to breathe and smile! It’s not that difficult to notice anxiety and tension in your pose, even if the photo is taken from behind.

Stay Playful & Have Fun

Some poses look more impressive if you lift on tiptoes. Others become more powerful by adding hand mudras. Play with familiar poses and don’t be afraid to experiment.

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