Have you ever tried following a beginner yoga video and still felt lost? There are a lot of varying levels of asana (yoga pose) knowledge out there! Many people want to get into yoga but don’t know where to start. That’s why I’m sharing the details of foundational asana. This beginner yoga series is perfect for those who have always wanted to try yoga but either don’t have access to a studio or are not ready to do it in public. Let’s take it nice and slow.
In this first pose set, we will cover:
- Tadasana – Mountain pose
- Vrksasana – Tree pose
- Utthita trikonasana – Triangle pose
- Virabhadrasana 2 – Warrior 2
- Utthita parsvakonasana – Side angle pose
- Parsvottanasana – Intense flank stretch
- Savasana – Corpse pose
Don’t worry about not knowing the Sanskrit names of the poses; I will state both the original and the English versions of each pose. Over time, you will begin recognizing which sounds correspond to which poses. For now, focus on listening to your body. If something doesn’t feel right – don’t do it!
If you are getting started on your yoga journey, I highly recommend that you find a teacher who understands your needs so that they can give you individualized feedback and instruction. Personalized instruction is vital to building a solid foundation for your yoga practice. So if possible, seek out an experienced instructor that can help guide you through these poses correctly so that you can get the most out of them. Looking to work with me? Contact me to schedule a private lesson online.
Finally, remember that yoga is not a competition. I can guarantee that you will make strange shapes, lose your balance, and sometimes feel like you are taking two steps back. One pose may feel completely different between one day and the next. Take a deep breath, relax your face, and remember that poses look different in all bodies.
If you’re looking to start practicing yoga, this basic beginner series might be just what you need. These videos cover everything you need to know, from head to toe. Remember – go slow and listen to your body’s cues; find an experienced teacher who can give individualized feedback; and practice for yourself (not others!). Enjoy the journey, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.