Many people start yoga later in life because their physio recommended them to improve core strength and improve flexibility. But some may see those Instagram pics of beautiful bendy women and feel daunted.
In previous years, yoga teachers have been quite stringent on adjusting people into poses that might not be suitable for everyone’s body. There is no wrong way to do a yoga pose. Teachers should ensure that people move in and out of yoga stretches safely. Keeping pressure off the knees and lower back is paramount, as we don’t want anyone to get injured.
Yoga Classes for Beginners
Most yoga classes state they are “suitable for all levels” which means that beginners are free to join. This also means that the teacher should offer different “modification” to a yoga pose. For example, for yoga balance poses like Tree pose, there could be 3 modifications with the gentlest being to place foot near ankle, then foot below knee and hardest being foot on inner thigh.
In vinyasa flow yoga, poses are linked together in flowing sequences, the most popular being the Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) sequence. Even seeing names in Sanskrit, the ancient Indian language in which the poses are based on, can bamboozle someone new to yoga. Personally, I think Sanskrit is great for yoga teachers to understand because the naming is used all over the world. So, in essence, we could go on holiday and teach yoga anywhere without knowing the native language 🙂
Examples of sun salutation modifications would be to skip some of the harder parts and step directly into Downward Dog pose, skipping 3 harder poses, thereby adapting the sequence by providing yoga poses for beginners. Some classes can move quickly and knowing that there is an option to skip a few poses is beneficial.
I love trying new things but the first few times can feel quite uncomfortable, as I tend to feel like the ONLY new person. In our yoga classes, we often have new people join so we have been conscious to provide sequences that are appropriate for beginners. Some people may look experienced but only have come to a handful of classes. Yoga is great for seeing quick results. It only takes a few classes to feel progression.
Yoga for Beginners at Home
Though we offer classes in person, some people may feel more comfortable doing their yoga at home. We have a series of yoga videos for beginners. We also have a lot of helpful content to help people new to yoga understand key yoga sequences. We also created pages showing images of yoga poses for beginners to help you understand the yoga stretches before trying them out before, during or after the yoga videos.
Our beginners yoga package includes
- Many short tutorials teaching yoga breathing techniques, terminology and yoga poses for beginners
- 15 vinyasa flow yoga classes
- Classes vary from 5 minutes to 60 minutes
- Helpful yoga pose guide to help remember the best yoga stretches
- Unlimited access to all the classes included
Online Yoga Classes
Watching yoga videos online is a great way to start yoga classes in the comfort of your home. YogaTonic UK have created a selection of options for your yoga practice at home:
Beginners yoga package
Purchase a one-off beginners yoga package
Monthly subscription packages
Get access to unlimited videos (over 300 videos!)
£10 per month
Live streaming classes plus unlimited videos
£25 per month
These yoga packages can be purchased as a one off purchase, giving unlimited access to the classes. To find out more click on the links below.