Trying any kind of workout for the first time can be intimidating, whether you’re walking into your first spin class, taking the first step toward a half marathon, or reaching for the first rock climbing hold. Like any other workout, yoga may seem intimidating from afar, but with a few tips under your belt and a willingness to give it a try, you’ll be right on your way to a deeper, more mindful yoga practice. For all of you who are just starting your yoga journey, we have the answers to your most common questions — so let’s roll out our mats and get started.
This posture is something that you will encounter in almost every yoga class. And we want you to feel empowered to explore this posture in how it feels in relation to your body.
Everyone's body is different, so what feels right to you might be different than the instructor your watching or the person next to you in class. So if you don't look just like everyone else, that's okay! Yoga is so unique to you and your body.
Sun Salutations can be found at the beginning of almost every yoga class. They are a wonderful way to wake up the body and get the energy flowing through your whole body.
But most importantly, sun salutations help set the cadence of your breath for your practice.
Whether you're a seasoned yoga vet, or stepping on your mat for the first time, there are variations of the sun salutation for everyone. Lucy walks through two of the most common variations in the video below.
Warrior 1 is a posture that builds stability, focus, and strength. While this is a common posture, many people tend to focus more on what they look like and miss the key structure and purpose of this pose. This is a posture that truly engages your whole body.
Like Warrior 1, your Warrior 2 pose engages your entire body.
This hip opening posture has many benefits. It strengths your legs, aids in digestion, and helps to relieve pressure in your back.
The very core of vinyasa is to connect the breath to the movement of the body. To move with intention.
But, it can still be a bit confusing to know what it actually means to 'take a vinyasa' in class.
There are two variations, the first being a great option for a beginner, and the second is a great strengthening flow for a yoga vet.
Lucy walks through both variations in the video below.
A reverse warrior can be quite confusing to some yogis. Is it a side bend? A back bend?
Simple answer is, it is a side bend done in a lunge position.
There are 3 key aspects to think about in your reverse warrior:
1. An upward extension of your spine
2. The lateral flexion
3. The rotation of your ribs.
Tree pose is a fantastic posture to focus on balance, grounding, and resilience.
With the right muscle activation, you can feel stable and supported in your tree pose.
Side angle pose is a wonderful pose to build strength in your legs and core.
There are multiple variations that you can do, so Lucy walks us through some of the most common versions of this posture. As always, the primary focus should be how your body feels in the posture.