Don't be intimidated by the idea of taking up yoga. Yoga for beginners classes are designed specifically to ease you in gradually into a practice. Yoga poses in beginners classes are easy enough not to put off first timers but just hard enough to stretch your muscles and give you a real workout. What's more there is such a range and variety of yoga styles and instructors for beginners to try that you will certainly find the right yoga practice for you. Upward Facing Dog
1. How to Use Your Feet to Balance
Balance on the foot comes from using the foot like a tripod. Press into the base of the big toe, the base of the little toe and the heel. Connect the pressure downward with a lift into the pelvic floor. Avoid scrunching your toes and instead just press into the solid foundation underneath.
2. Upward Facing Dog
Ashtanga Yoga teacher Kino MacGregor talks you through a safe and effective way to work on Upward Facing Dog position in Ashtanga Yoga.
3. Core Strength in Head to Knee Forward Bend
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor show you how to use the core strength and the bandhas to safely forward bend in Janu Sirsasana A, or Head to Knee Forward Bend, from the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga. Alexandra Santos demonstrates how to externally rotate the hip joint while using the bandhas to safely forward bend, working two directions in the body.
4. Revolved Side Angle Pose
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor breaks down the method to work on Parsvakonasnaa B, or Revolved Side Angle Pose.
5. Twisting for Ashtanga Beginners
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor discusses the technical and anatomical foundations of Marichyasana C in the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series. One easy tool is the simple seated twisting posture called Marichasana C. All Marichasana postures are named after the great sage Marichi. This posture is the third variation and it cleanses the digestive system, opens the muscles along the back and shoulders, helps build a deeper awareness of the essential breath-bandha connection and encourages the life energy rise along the central column of the subtle body.
6. Stretches to Deepen Backbends
Here are some easy yoga movements and stretches that will help your back open. I like to do these in the mornings before I start my yoga practice when I feel tight before the practice or in the afternoon if I go for a long walk or a bike ride and my hips feel tight. When doing these movements pay careful attention to the technique and build both the strength and flexibility to support healthy deep backbends in yoga.
7. Hip Opening Basics on External Rotation
Locating the hip joint is crucial for entering complex postures. Start off my finding the trochanter major and then stabilizing the pelvis. Once you learn how to drop the trochanter back and down you will find easy hip rotation. Keep this movement in the hip socket and out of the knee for healthy range of motion.
8. Shoulder Alignment
Healthy placement and use of the shoulders is crucial to developing a strong structural foundation. Downward facing dog is a great position to learn this ideal alignment. Follow a simple exercise to strengthen your shoulders and build the upper body strength needed for arm balances and inversions and healthy shoulders.
9. Bridge Building Posture
Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Kino MacGregor, shows you how to safely and easily enter Setu Bandhasana, or Bridge Building Posture.
10. Open Hips in Butterfly Pose
I got a request for a video clip on Baddha Konasana, or Butterfly, so here it is. The openness required deep within both hips joints can make this posture a challenge for many. But with practice and patience the body will open over time. Enjoy.