4 Yoga Poses Meghan Markle Loves
Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is the royal family’s dedicated yogi.
Markle loves a good yoga session, following in the footsteps of her mother, Doria Ragland, who is a yoga teacher in Los Angeles.
Here are four poses she loves and incorporates into her practice, and you should too.
1. Warrior II
A relatively easy pose, Warrior II is done by standing up, back straight. You take a step forward with your right leg while bending at the right knee.
Your left foot turns outward at a 45 degree angle. As you then inhale, your right arm goes out directly ahead of you while your left arm goes out in the opposite direction behind you. Your chest is held up and out as you deepen the pose, digging your heels into the floor while your upper body remains light and focused. Now you have all the power of a royal!
2. Downward Facing Dog
A popular pose, Downward Facing Dog is done by first coming to your hands and knees. On an inhale you’re going to jump back with both feet so that you are now in a plank position, parallel to the floor. With an exhale you push on your hands, simultaneously raising your hips high above your knees.
Hold the pose for 60 seconds, breathing deeply before you come back to your hands and knees.
3. Bridge Pose
Bridge Pose is basically the reverse of Downward Dog. You lie on your back with the bottom of your feet pressed into the floor.
On an inhale, you lift your hips into the air while pressing your arms and hands down against your sides. You can intertwine your fingers beneath your raised back while still pushing upward with your hips.
Hold for 30 seconds or longer, breathing deeply, and release.
4. Corpse Pose
A great general restorative pose, Corpse Pose is a fantastic addition to anyone’s yoga sequence, and it’s easy to see why Markle incorporates it into her practice.
To come into it, simply lie down on your mat, legs and arms splayed outward. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing, allowing yourself to relax completely, free from all tension.
Stay in the pose for a minute or longer and then release.