Category: Yoga for Beginners

Are you just starting out on your yoga journey? Do you wonder where, or how, to start?

You’ll find your answers in our Yoga for Beginners section. We’ve created a series of videos for beginners and advanced yogis alike. You’ll learn how to warm up properly and strengthen your body, no matter your level of practice.

We’ll break down poses, go over the foundations of yoga and ease you into the practice slowly and safely.

Even if you’re not a beginner, you’ll find some useful information in this part of our blog. We’ll go over different ways to open up the body, stretch and lengthen the muscles and ligaments, and strengthen stabilizer muscles.

We want beginners, and yogis of every caliber, to feel like they can get their questions answered. So our Yoga for Beginners section is all about that: answering questions.

It’s important to learn about yoga both on and off the mat. But sometimes there’s only so much we can do on the mat, so we feel it’s necessary to create other outlets where people can learn and grow in their practice.

We’ll talk about alignment, asanas (poses) and the aspects of a yoga practice. But we’re going to take it a step further and show you ways to incorporate yoga in your life.

You shouldn’t have to change your entire routine to start a yoga practice, so we’ll give you tips and tricks that will have you on the mat practicing in no time, whether in the comfort of your own home or at a studio nearby.

Yoga for Beginners will help you build a consistent practice that will have you moving safely and confidently.

After reading through a few articles and watching our Beginners’ Series, you’ll have the knowledge you need to embark on a yoga journey that is completely your own.

Balasana (Child’s Pose)

Child's Pose is a quintessential pose in a yoga class and is used mainly as a resting pose. This is a forward bending pose that can actually be practiced in an active way, or in…

Yoga Breathing Techniques for Beginners

Breathing is an important part of everyday life. We need it to live and we need it in order for our brain to function properly. Unfortunately, most people don’t breathe to their full lung capacity…

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

Physical Benefits Savasana (shah-VAH-suh-nuh) is a pose that takes us to the next level of our practice, which is pranayama. This pose teaches us to keep the spine elongated while reclining and cultivates stillness. The…

Vakrasana (Simple Spinal Twist)

Physical Benefits Vakrasana (vakra āsana) massages the abdominal organs, helps facilitate digestion and regulates the secretion of digestive juices. These reduce constipation and stomach diseases. The twist also helps reduce belly fat. It increases the…

Shashankasana (Rabbit Pose)

Physical Benefits Shashankasana (śaśakā āsana) gives a good stretch to the upper body, including the spine and postural muscles, which releases pressure on the spinal nerves. The forward bend massages and stimulates the abdominal muscles…

Viparita Karani (Half Shoulder Stand)

Physical Benefits Viparita Karani (vip-par-ee-tah car-AHN-nee) is a restorative pose similar to Sarvangasana. It gives relaxation to the abdomen, legs and the lower back, especially after standing asanas. This encourages deep and smooth breathing. This…

Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose)

Physical Benefits Pawanmuktasana (pah-van-ah-mook-TAHS-uh-nuh) massages the intestines and abdominal organs and, as the name implies, helps to remove excess air from the digestive system, which improves digestion efficiency and relieves bloating, gas, and constipation. This…

Jathara Parivartanasana A & B (Supine Spinal Twist A & B)

Physical Benefits Jathara Parivartanasana (JUT-ah-are-uh par-ree-VAR-tuh-nuh-suh-nuh) tones the spinal column and removes stiffness of the spine and shoulders. It also helps stimulate the large intestines and elimination. Jathara Parivartanasana A (bent knees) is a great…

Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose)

Physical Benefits Gomukhasana (goh-moo-KHA-suh-nuh) removes stiffness and pain in the hip joints and lower extremities. The position of the arms stretch the shoulders, armpits, triceps and chest, therefore relieving stiff shoulders and neck, while at…

Paschimottanasana (Sitting Forward Bend)

Physical Benefits Paschimottanasana (PASH-ee-moh-tan-AH-suh-nuh) is one of the best traditional forward bending poses. This pose strengthens the spinal muscles, nourishes the entire nervous system, increases lumbar spine elasticity, and relieves spinal compression and sciatica. It…

Janu Sirsasana (Head-To-Knee Pose)

Physical Benefits Janu Sirsasana (JAH-new shear-SHAH-suh-nuh) stretches the entire back of the body where all the major muscles are. This asana stretches the hamstring and gluteal muscles and is best done after standing asanas to…

Dandasana (Staff Pose Or Base Pose)

Physical Benefits Dandasana (Dahn-DAH-uh-nuh) is the blueprint for all the seated postures. This asana gives the fundamental understanding of how evenly sit on both sit bones, which is essential in all seated postures as it…