Amanda McCarroll @yomanda4
December 28, 2019

Can Beginners Learn Yoga Themselves?

There are many people who want to try yoga but don’t know where to start. If you have yoga at your gym, often times the classes are fast-paced vinyasa and not appropriate for new students. When you look online at the studios in your area, all the different types of classes can be confusing. You might live in an area where there are no yoga studios or the times don’t work with your schedule. Even if you have a plethora of options where you live, many beginners feel intimidated walking in to a class with no experience. This is where online yoga classes for beginners can be your saving grace. We have pages of videos that are dedicated specifically to people with little or no yoga experience. With consistent practice, you can learn yoga all by yourself in the privacy of your own home.

Online Yoga Classes for Beginners

YourBuddhi Online Yoga Classes for Beginners

The first thing you want to do is get the right gear. We recommend a yoga mat, two blocks, and a strap. Make a small investment in yoga props to increase the likelihood that you’ll stick with it. Dedicate a space in your home for yoga. It only needs to be a little bigger than your yoga mat. It doesn’t matter how large or small your home is, a “yoga spot” creates a feeling of ritual. You’ll look forward to practicing in your special space. Now it’s time to choose a class.

All the videos on our slow flow and beginner flow pages are appropriate for beginners. You can filter classes by time and level on the regular classes page if you would like to choose by class length. Perhaps start with 20 or 40 minutes and work your way toward the 60 and 75 minute classes. Don’t worry if you are doing the poses “right” or “wrong.” Yoga is an intuitive practice. The most important thing is to focus on the breath.  The golden rule in yoga is this: if you can’t breathe deeply, then back off or take a rest.”

Breath is Your Number One Focus

If you aren’t breathing deeply through the nose, than you aren’t practicing yoga. Going through the motions of the the poses without breath and attention is not going to teach you anything about yoga. As you attempt different videos, your number one goal is to learn how to breathe in a steady, conscious rhythm. Once you master that, you can shift your focus more onto the postures and their subtle alignment points. The best way to learn and understand the different yoga poses is simple: practice, practice practice. You will do many of the same poses over and over again. As you get more familiar with the movements, they will feel more natural and intuitive. When you find a class that you like, take it several times. The repetition will teach you a variety of new skills and create a deeper level of understanding. When you feel yourself getting bored, move on to a new one.

If you aren’t a member yet, get your first 30 days free. If you are nervous or have any questions, shoot us an email! We’ve heard it all. If there is any hesitation, let us know and we can direct you to a few great classes depending on your background and experience.

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