Yoga for Beginners
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Yoga at Boathouse Studio in Barking
I'm a beginner. How do I start?
The best way to know if yoga is for you is giving it a try! Starting a regular yoga practice can be life changing.
This foundational course is a series of sessions designed for people who are completely new to yoga. In each 60 minute class I will break down a handful of foundational poses (asanas) which are then repeated and built upon until we move through a whole class. This process will build confidence and help to instil awareness of correct alignment. Repeat the course as much as you need before moving on, to get the asanas into the muscle memory.
This is for you to feel more comfortable, confident and connected to your yoga practice.
What are Yoga courses for beginners?
If you’ve never done yoga before it may feel a bit intimidating and difficult to know exactly where and how to get started. Joining a regular yoga class straight away may not sound like the most appealing option.
The pace of some classes may feel too fast, the language unfamiliar, the body not used to all these new shapes. We may need some more guidance and detailed explanations. I’ve been there myself years ago and I wish there were beginners courses back then. I wouldn’t feel so lost looking at other people and trying to simply catch up with the rest of the class. Also, at the beginning of my yoga journey I had problems with my lower back and many postures were simply not accessible to my body. Classes I was attending were very crowded, and one teacher was not able to offer guidance to everyone. I learned quite a few bad habits this way.
So yes, I hear you. Through this personal experience and years of teaching others I know how important it is to create safe space for exploration, feeling and experiencing.
Yoga is to be felt in the body
It is an experiential and inclusive practice, it doesn’t matter how old you are, how much you weight, what you do for living, where you live or what religion you practice.
Yoga is accessible for just about everyone. If you have a medical condition or a recent injury, it can be challenging to do certain poses or breathing techniques. Usually there are modifications or alternatives that can allow you to practice safely.
Yoga can help with recovery from many conditions. If you are recovering from an injury or are of poor health I recommend consulting with your doctor before beginning a yoga practice. If you are out of shape, please be gentle to your body in the class until you have built a strength, stability and enough mobility for more challenging postures and sequences.
When you practise yoga asanas (physical postures) you may feel some intensity in the belly of the muscle, but you should not feel the pain, especially in the joints. A sharp or intense pain is your body’s signal to tell you to stop, back off and take it easy.
With a regular yoga practice you’ll learn the language of your body, how it communicates with you and you start understanding what these sensations mean.