Beginners yoga is an excellent way to begin a journey that will truly change your life, body and self. Whether you have always wanted to start, or you have recently started a practice and wish to gain further insight into how to deepen your practice, there are many fantastic resources out there dedicated to new yogis.
While I had previously done kundalini yoga for a while, some years ago, I was new to the vinyasa style of yoga. My journey with vinyasa yoga began in March 2015. In that time, I have learned a great deal – not only about yoga and its asanas, but also about myself, my limitations and my body. I still consider myself a beginner, although I have continue to learn and grow.
In this post, I will be sharing some of my own personal experiences and lessons in beginners yoga, along with some of the videos and online classes that have helped me the most.
Before You Start a Yoga Practice
First things first, here are a few basic tips to help you start a yoga practice…
- If possible, try a few lessons in a class environment. As I mentioned earlier, I had a basic understanding of yoga, even if it was not in the style that I practice now. This went a long way in helping me start with a good foundation in the universal asanas.
- If that is not possible, consider online yoga. Where I live now, there are no studios anywhere in sight. Video classes on YouTube have allowed me to develop a regular practice, progressing at my own pace from the comfort of home. What’s not to love about that?
- Remember that progression means something different to everyone. For you, it might mean mastering arm balances, or improving your overall strength. For me, it is about slow and steady improvement in flexibility and power. For others, it might mean being able to touch the toes. Always be realistic and set goals based on your body’s abilities rather than something you see on social media.
- Make time for a regular practice. Some weeks, life gets hectic and I am lucky if I manage one or two yoga ‘fixes’ a week. I try to aim for every evening after work, or at least a few evenings each week. A regular practice allows you to continue working towards your goals, while also giving you the full benefit (body, mind and spirit!).
- Just keep breathing. Above all, no matter how challenging you may find a class, just keep breathing through the poses. Stop if you need to. Rest in child’s pose if it gets tough. Try your best, follow your breath and everything will start to come into place. I promise!
Beginners Yoga Videos to Get You Started
There are some absolutely amazing yoga teachers out there. Some of them share their love for yoga with the world, through yoga videos that can be watched online via YouTube or other channels. Each of these teachers has something incredible to offer, whether it is correct form in specific poses, creative classes injected with fun, restorative classes that treat every ailment, fitness focused classes, well-rounded classes or classes that have plenty of soul. I subscribe to a small selection of yogis who have helped me greatly in this journey. But there are many others out there who are equally worth trying.
Some of my favourite yoga channels (and a beginner yoga video from each) include the following:
Yoga With Adriene
What I love most about Adriene is that she makes every single one of her online classes both fun and rewarding. If you are looking for something down to earth, that feels good, leaves you feeling amazing and teaches you the basics in a way that is easy to understand, this beginner intro video will do just the trick. You should also check out her latest Yoga Camp videos once you feel like you are getting into the flow (no pun intended). These videos use affirmations to help you kick-start your practice even further.
Brett has a variety of classes for all levels. What I love about her classes is that she puts a lot of thought into making well-rounded classes that are good for mind, body and soul. She explains every pose well, and there are always modifications included (with and without props such as blocks). She also keeps the focus on the practice, without any distractions or too much talking, but at the same time, she has so much passion for what she does that it comes across in every video that she makes. Her complete beginner class is a good one to start with, but if you want something a little more towards intermediate, there are loads of other videos to try, along with podcasts on all things yoga and healthy living.
I discovered Anita’s amazing channel by chance fairly recently, when I was looking for a restorative yoga video. That had been a very stressful day – so much so that by the end of it, my head was pounding, my body was tired and all I wanted was some serious soothing. The class itself did the trick, and I was looking forward to trying more of Anita’s classes to see if those were as enjoyable. Since then, I have tried a number of them. She has a soothing voice, with an approach that fuses fitness and yoga. Her energising fitness flow classes are super good when I don’t get a chance to run (and after a long day!). Her relaxing classes are great to recharge, and her beginner classes offer a great introduction to yoga.
These three videos should be a good place to start. Other channels that I also recommend include:
- Lesley Fightmaster Yoga – great beginner series as well as a range of other videos
- Yoga by Candace – good selection of videos, with focus on correct form
- Yoga/Merge – wide range of teachers and classes for all levels
- Five Parks Yoga – lots of different classes, filmed in gorgeous tropical settings
- Yoga With Tim – variety of yoga classes for men and women
- Ali Kamenova – creative classes for all levels, with plenty of heart
If you are looking for a specific type of class – core work, heart openers, back bends, strength, relaxation, energy, chair yoga, morning or bedtime yoga for instance – you could also try searching on Google or YouTube or even Pinterest.
Starting yoga is something that opens you up to a whole new world. With so many fantastic beginners yoga resources out there, it is also something that ANYONE can do. Whether you have never set foot on a mat before in your life, or you have a vague idea of how things work, taking that first step is what matters most.