Yoga Moves for Beginners

Parsvakonasana Beginners Pose

What You Should Know

The most important thing to know about yoga moves for beginners is that they should always be done with care. Listen to your body when trying out different positions. Don't push your body beyond what it is capable of doing. You should consult with your health care provider before attempting any yoga positions. Listen to your body's signals and progress accordingly.

Practicing some Basic Yoga Moves for beginners regularly will give you a good base so that whatever style of yoga you eventually practice, you will have the basic fundamentals of how to do each posture. Practice all poses slowly. Quick, jerking movements will increase the likelihood of injury.

Starting a beginner yoga practice is one of the greatest things you can do to evolve physically, mentally and spiritually. Yoga can be practiced by anyone, regardless of age or level of fitness.

Starting yoga may be confusing to you at first with all the different positions you may see. When you start a beginner practice, your instructor should go over the different poses slowly and use the names of poses, if possible, to help you learn more effectively. A good teacher focuses on alignment, breathing and inner awareness.

Here are a few important suggestions about practicing yoga:

Make sure your last meal was 3-4 hours before class. Practicing on a full stomach will be uncomfortable and cause problems with digestion;

Wear comfortable clothing;

Practice barefoot with a good mat;

Always end the yoga session with a final relaxation called Savasana, as shown below.


You can also buy some good books or DVD's to learn the fundamentals of poses. By practicing yoga, you will feel stronger and more energized, while clearing the mental and physical tension that might be draining your energy on a daily basis, and it's great for stress management.

When learning yoga moves for beginners, students must first learn the correct alignment of each pose and surrender to the pose rather than force the body to open up. The scientific nature of yoga, plus a regular practice, ensures that growth and knowledge will unfold.

Becoming familiar with and learning yoga moves for beginners should get you through any new yoga classes you might venture to take and give you confidence. The Beginners' Poses shown in the pages of this website serve as a great learning tool and reference guide as you continue to develop your yoga practice.

Remember to always do both sides of the body in every pose, and continue breathing deeply through the poses. Attempt the poses that are easy to do first, and then proceed to difficult ones. Each individual body is different. You will feel good with some poses and find difficulty in others. Yoga shows our weaknesses and misalignments and gives us a clear picture as to where we need to work most.

Again, listen to your body. When trying out different positions, do not push your body beyond its capacity. Beginning a yoga practice can be a very rewarding experience, so keep your mind focused on a continuing practice and you will reap the amazing benefits of yoga.

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