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Yoga for Beginners

Yoga for Beginners

Written by
Will Allen
Co-Founder MyYogaTeacher

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Yoga for Beginners

Whether you have recently begun taking yoga classes, or you’re just thinking about practicing yoga, there are many options available for getting started on your own personal yoga journey. No matter your age, body type, or physical ability, yoga is a great way to achieve balance and vitality in both mind and body. All you need is a yoga mat to get started!

Benefits of Yoga for Beginners

Yoga for beginners is the best way to start practicing yoga, since beginner-friendly classes are designed to help you learn about yoga without risking injury or getting in over your head. Within just a few weeks or months of regular practice, you will experience increased strength and flexibility, as well as improved mobility and balance.

  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Improves alignment and posture
  • Reduces chronic pain
  • Increases self-awareness

Tips and Precautions for Beginners Practicing Yoga

If you’re just starting out with yoga, the most important thing to remember is to listen to your body and take it at your own pace. Be sure to drink plenty of water and eat something light before taking a yoga class, and wear clothing that is comfortable to move in. When learning yoga for the first time, it’s advisable to seek guidance from a certified yoga instructor, who can help you learn the poses with the proper alignment to avoid injury. Let your instructor know about any limitations you might have, and don’t push yourself too deep into a pose—especially if you feel any pain.

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Yoga Poses for Beginners

If you’re a newbie and you’d like to learn some basic yoga stretches for beginners, here are a few basic postures you can try.

1. Mountain pose

Mountain Pose

Mountain pose is one of the primary foundational standing yoga poses for beginners, and it’s used in many different types of yoga.

Stand at the front of your mat with your feet hip distance apart. With your arms at your sides, open your chest, keeping your head perfectly balanced with your chin parallel to the floor, and your gaze fixed forward. Widen your collar bones and keep your weight balanced evenly across both of your feet. Soften your gaze and breathe mindfully for 1-2 minutes.

Mountain pose builds strength and awareness, and it helps ground you in both body and mind. While it’s a very simple pose to perform, it can actually help improve your posture.

2. Downward Dog pose

Downward Dog pose

Downward Dog is another one of the primary yoga poses for beginners, and is often practiced many times throughout a typical yoga class.

Start in a tabletop position, with your hands and knees on your mat. Push up from your hands and knees, lifting your hips until you are balanced on your hands and feet, with your body resembling an inverted “v.” Keep your head in between your arms, ears balanced over your shoulders, and stay in this pose for several breaths.

The Downward Dog pose stretches your hamstrings, calves, Achilles tendons, and releases tension in your lower back. This pose also helps blood circulate throughout your body.

3. Warrior II pose 

Warrior II pose 

There are three types of Warrior poses in yoga, and Warrior II is one of the best yoga positions for beginners.

Step your right foot forward on the mat with your toes pointed forward and your right knee bent. Your left foot will stay behind you, perpendicular to the mat. Keep your hips squared and arms stretched over your front and rear legs, distributing your weight evenly between both legs. Stay in this pose for 5-6 breaths.

Warrior II strengthens the glutes and quads, providing support to the muscular structure around your knees, as well as throughout your legs.

Yoga Sequence for Beginners

  1. Mountain pose
  2. Downward Dog
  3. Warrior II
  4. Tree Pose
  5. Standing Forward Fold
  6. Cat-Cow pose
  7. Seated Twist
  8. Child’s pose
  9. Butterfly pose
  10. Corpse pose

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