Intro to Yoga
Build the foundations of your yoga practice with Stephanie, a Yoga Alliance registered and qualified teacher.
This program is for you if you’re completely new to yoga. In this 4 part online course, done at your own pace, you’ll cover the basic building blocks of yoga so that you can feel confident taking any Level 1 class at our studio or any other yoga studio. Do each class as many times as you like to become more familiar with the principles.
Welcome all yoga beginners!
You may have landed here because you’ve heard how wonderful yoga is for you. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions asked by yoga beginners, along with a few reasons why we think everyone should do it:
In very simple terms, yoga is a system for bringing balance into your body and mind. It involves the physical practice of yoga postures called asanas, and breathing exercises called pranayama. Yoga can also include meditation.
We teach a style of yoga called ‘flow yoga’ which is one of the main forms of yoga. It’s a great place to learn the foundations and names of the poses. You’ll learn how to move and flow with the breath.
If you’re practicing yoga at home without a teacher, you might wonder if you’re doing the poses properly at first. It’s good to bear in mind from the beginning that our bodies and bone structures are all very different so there isn’t just one ‘right’ way to do a pose. Learn some of the basics to be prepared for your first ‘live’ class.
The main thing to know is that yoga is not meant to hurt – that goes for whether you’re at practicing yoga at home on your own or in a class with a teacher. You will probably experience different sensations than you’re used to, and you may feel your muscles working, but if you feel any type of “warning” pain, such as sharpness or pinching, listen to your body and come slowly out of the pose.
Practising yoga has loads of physical benefits: it creates a flexible, toned and strong body and improves breathing, energy and metabolism. Yoga improves circulatory and cardiac health, as well as fitness levels, pain and posture. It also has benefits for your mental health, making you happier, more balanced and emotionally calmer. It helps you relax so you can handle stress better. Yoga encourages self-confidence and helps you to focus your energy.
Even if you practice once a week, you’ll feel the difference. If you can, try to practice two to three times a week but don’t let unrealistic expectations stop you from doing shorter practices.
If you’re practicing yoga at home you can get started right away without any special equipment or expensive yoga pants. Wear clothes you feel comfortable in that won’t restrict your range of motion. A yoga mat will provide some cushioning and help stop your hands from slipping in poses like Downward Facing Dog.
Basically, it comes down to whenever you can fit yoga in. The morning is a great time to practice; you might wake up stiff, so opening up your body with some energizing yoga sets you up for the day. In the evening, a more relaxing yoga practice can be a nice way to unwind after work.
It’s better to have a more or less empty stomach during a yoga session, so leave at least two hours between a main meal and yoga.
Many people practice yoga as a way to manage their health conditions. We recommend that you speak to us (or physical therapist with knowledge of yoga) to get advice about any poses or movements you need to avoid.
However, if you have a medical condition or injury and haven’t practiced yoga before, we recommend that you speak to a medical professional to get advice weather to do yoga.