Are you one of those people who thinks that yoga is not for you? Think about this... what if you've been doing yoga poses every day without even realising it?
If you ever find yourself in any of the following poses, you may start to reconsider and think of yourself as a bit of a yogi!
1. Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)
If you've ever dropped anything and bent down to pick it up, you have performed a Standing Forward Bend. Repeat after us, Ooh-tan-ass-a-na...
2. Ardha Padmasana (Half Lotus Pose)
Come on! Who hasn't sat like this at least once? Feels kinda cool! Half Lotus? Check.
3. Dandasana (Staff pose)
Shooting up from your bed at the pleasant (not) sound of your alarm clock happens to put you in a great Dandasana. You can now say that the first thing you did this morning was yoga. You're welcome.
4. Malasana (Yoga Squat)http://instagram.com/p/x59s_jm180/?modal=true
"Aw, look at this cute flower/kitten/snail..." Ever said that and squatted down to look at the cute item in question? No? Well, if you are a lass who's ever needed to tinkle in an area where a lavatory wasn't available, we bet our Asana that you have done this yoga pose before.
5. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
All able-bodied people have done this pose. Babies do it. Hell, even this cat can do it. Don't deny it. You are a yogi.
6. Ananda Balasana (Happy Baby Pose)
We won't go into the reasons why you might do this pose outside of yoga, but if you have ever found yourself in this position, kudos! ;)
7. Vrksasana (Tree Pose)
Ever step in something you'd rather not have stepped in and lifted to check under your shoe? You may have found yourself in Tree Pose! Well done, you yogi, you.
8. Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
If you've ever sat in a chair and got up from sitting in said chair, you've done Utkatasana twice. Sure, ideally, a little more holding time is required, but it's a start. (We don't think this kitty is going to get up from this chair any time soon though.)
9. (Marjaiasana-Bitilasana (Cat and Cow Transition)
Ever lost a contact lens? Or tried to sneak out of the kids' room without being noticed? Or has your grandmother made you scrub the floors like Cinderella because "mops just don't get the same result," (thanks, Gran!)? Or find yourself in a bit of a post-alcoholic pickle, like this chap? Then you've most certainly done the Cat-Cow transition.
10. Savasana (Corpse Pose)
Whoever says they have not done this pose is a big fat liar. And this is what it's like in an actual yoga class... (Kind of...)
I now pronounce you, yogi! See, you can do it! Well done. Now get yourself to a yoga class, pronto!
(If you'd like to take up yoga but don't know where to start, here's what to expect on your first ever yoga lesson and also 9 things we wish someone had told us before we went to our first class!)
Featured image thanks to http://instagram.com/talktothehandtees.