For many of us, yoga is this intimidating thing that seems like a foreign type of exercise that we’ve never done — and might never do. “People may think that yoga is turning into a pretzel, and so many assume they won’t be good at it because they don’t have the flexibility,” says Jessica Matthews, a yoga teacher and author of “Stretching to Stay Young.” “But not only are some of the poses things you might do in your workout, they’re things you do in everyday life.”
Check out these five yoga poses that are similar to movements and strength exercises you’re probably already doing. Once you see that yoga isn’t so alien, you may feel more confident walking into a class.
High Lunge = Lunge
A high lunge looks similar to your everyday lunge, but the two are not exactly the same. In a lunge, both knees are bent 90 degrees and your weight is distributed evenly.
However, in high lunge pose, your back leg is mostly straight. “This gives you a stretch along your front hip flexor and quad,” says Julia Falamas, a strength and conditioning coach and yoga teacher in New York City. The extra stretch, coupled with strength work, makes this an effective move.