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Yoga for Beginners: Essentials Classes

Discovering beginners’ yoga posesThe best yoga teachers are not those that impress you with amazing choreography (although classes like this can be a lot of fun!), but the teachers that help you to find your ‘seat’. A place where you feel steady, firm and comfortable, right where you are at that moment. Yoga poses are essentially a vehicle for realising a sense of ease throughout your life. And behind the facade of yoga gymnastics, in reality, there are hundreds of basic yoga poses that are simple, accessible and enjoyable for beginners. You’re never too old to practise yoga, you don’t need any special skills and there are lots of modifications on offer if you have an injury. There are even specific pregnancy yoga poses that can help prepare women for the birth of their babies. Yoga really is a practice for life and you’ll discover that many seemingly easy yoga poses can have a profound impact on your health and wellbeing,

Taking it back to basicsWhile any good teacher will be able to give you simple yoga pose instruction, getting to grips the basics can prove challenging in a dynamic class of 50 students. So, if you are new to yoga, it is well worth setting up the foundations for your practice. At BodyMindLife, our Essentials classes are designed to teach you the key movements over a nine-week programme – each week has a different focus; from learning Sun Salutations to balancing poses, and make starting a yoga practice easy. You begin at the very beginning, learning about the importance of the breath and how props can be used to make yoga poses easier. Then you work step-by-step through the most common beginners’ yoga poses, such as Tadasana (the mountain), Virabadrasana (warrior) and Trikonasana (triangle) before moving into easy backbends and twists and the simple yoga sequence Surya Namaskar (Salute to the Sun). Classes are taught in workshop style, so there’s plenty of opportunity for demonstrations and questions and each yoga pose is broken down into easy, bite-sized chunks. With this kind of introduction to yoga, you’ll quickly fall in love with the practice. And even as a beginner, you’ll soon find that you’ve mastered the basic yoga poses and are ready to start playing in an Open yoga class.

Our nine-week programmeWeek one: Yoga Foundations Week two: Sun Salutations Week three: Warrior Poses Week four: Balancing Poses Week five: Triangle Series Week six: Twisting Week seven: Backbends Week eight: Abdominals and Inversions Week nine: Hip Openers and Forward Bending Check out our Essentials classes on the yoga classes timetable

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