Knowing which Yoga poses to do is key when it comes to getting the most out of your practice. If you are a beginner just starting out, make sure you learn the right Yoga beginner poses. There are specific Yoga poses that are best for learning in the beginning, and if you put your attention towards understanding and attaining those poses correctly, you will build a solid foundation that will help you safely move forward towards more advanced poses.
Beginners should start with Yoga poses from 4 main categories: Standing Poses, Seated Poses, Inverted Poses, and Resting Poses.
Standing Poses are done while standing on one or both feet. They are the most important poses to learn for most beginners because they strengthen and align the legs while teaching all of the major movements of the body. It is while practicing standing poses that we begin to learn how to correctly move in forward bends, backward bends, twists, and even inversions.
Seated Poses are very rejuvenating to the legs, which is one of the reasons that we practice them after the standing poses, where the legs have to work vigorously. The seated poses open and strengthen the legs and hips while also increasing circulation. Sitting in various Yoga poses is curative to the ankles, knees, and hips.
The next category of Yoga beginner poses is Inversions, which means being upside down. These Yoga poses are very good for promoting overall health because of the powerful effect they have on the circulatory system. The first inversion beginners learn is very easy; you basically lay on your back with the legs up the wall. But over time that simple pose lays the foundation for more advanced inversions like the classic headstand, which requires skill and concentration.
Finally, you should always include a Relaxation Pose to complete your Yoga practice. Relaxation is an important subject in Yoga, because ultimately we want to learn how to be relaxing “inside” at the same time we are vigorously working in an active or difficult yoga pose. Not only does the final relaxation pose help us let go of tensions from the active yoga poses we’ve practiced, it also helps us actually learn how to relax deeply, which is something we enjoy in the moment and also learn to apply in everyday life. The classic Yoga relaxation pose is simply laying flat on your back on the floor, perhaps with a blanket under the head and a bolster under the knees. If the back is sore then placing the legs on a chair is even better than a bolster.
Newbies Yoga Poses
Seating Yoga Poses
Standing Yoga Poses
Inversion Yoga Pose
Relaxation Yoga Pose