Yoga For Beginners: Everything You Need To Know

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Yoga


as a new discipline can be intimidating and can provoke some questions. Do you need to be fit before you actually start practicing yoga? What type of yoga is best for me? Will it increase my


fitness


?

The answers are yes, but it depends which style of yoga you choose to practice. As with any new activity, just start out going at your own pace and steer clear of any complicated handstand yoga workshops until you’ve been practicing for a while.

Yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago. Traditionally it was used as a way to encourage spiritual growth through the transcendence of the ego. Today these elements are still a big part of modern yoga practice.

What are the different types of yoga?

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Yoga for beginners, everything you need to know-Different coloured yoga poses on beige backfround behind lone yoga figure

Yoga for beginners, everything you need to know-Different coloured yoga poses on beige backfround behind lone yoga figure

There are dozens of different types of yoga classes out there. Don’t worry if you don’t like your first yoga class, try a few more. Every yoga class is different and teachers will vary hugely.

Beginners tend to experience their first yoga class through


yoga videos

online. It’s a great way to give yoga a go without practicing for the first time in a room full of people. We are big fans of

Yoga With Adriene’s beginner yoga videos

. There are lots of yoga videos

specialising in things like

yoga poses for tight hips

and

yoga poses for back pain

.

However, if you really want to build your yoga practice, it is best to go to a real class with an instructor.

If you have never practiced yoga before, it’s a good idea to start by going to a Hatha yoga class. Hatha is really an umbrella term for all types of physical yoga, but a modern Hatha yoga class will teach you the basics in a slow, methodical way. It is especially good if you have an injury or feel particularly inflexible.


Iyengar Yoga

is a slow pace yoga practice which concentrates on holding poses for longer and controlling your breathing.

If you are after a more fast paced session, then Vinyasa Flow would be a good class to try. It has a quick, flowing style that concentrates on the fluid transition between poses and is excellent for toning muscles.

For a more intense yoga practice, try

Bikram yoga

. It is also fast paced but practiced in a 40°C hot room.

Read our full guide on

different types of yoga and yoga styles

here and what to expect from your

first yoga class

here.

What are the Benefits of Yoga?

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Yoga for beginners, everything you need to know-Woman cartwheelong on beach in roller blades

Yoga for beginners, everything you need to know-Woman cartwheelong on beach in roller blades

Once you have mastered the basics of


yoga


you will start to notice the benefits, which are surprisingly varied.


Yoga


can help lower blood pressure as well as increase your strength and flexibility.

As yoga concentrates on mental control and focused breathing to increase intensity and longevity of poses, it has been knows to help with problems such as anxiety and depression.

The combination of concentration on both mind and body make yoga an attractive choice for anyone who is eager for both muscle toning and a more relaxed, centred frame of mind. This sort of mental discipline and consequent emotional benefit can also be found in other practices such as


scuba-diving


and


surfing


.

If you want to deepen your practice and learn more about the benefits and history of yoga, read one of these excellent

yoga books

.

Where can I Practice yoga?

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Yoga for beginners, everything you need to know-Man poses in front of brick wall next to window

Yoga for beginners, everything you need to know-Man poses in front of brick wall next to window

Yoga classes can be found all over the country – whether it is in a yoga studio or a church hall. Head to your local shopping centre or town hall and look for the community notice board. You will probably find posters for local yoga classes there.

Like we mentioned earlier, don’t worry if you don’t enjoy your first yoga class. There are so many different styles of yoga to choose from and it really will depend on whether you like the yoga teacher or not.

If you want to find a well-established yoga studio near you, try searching through


Yoga Village UK


. They list local classes and workshops near you.

If you are based in

London

, it’s not hard to find a good yoga studio. There are a wide array and you will be able to find one that reflects how you are aiming to benefit from


yoga


. Popular London yoga studios include

Triyoga

,

Iyengar Yoga Institute

and


East of Eden


in Walthamstow.

Check out our guide to

yoga courses in London

here, as well as

yoga teacher training courses

here.

What yoga gear do i need?

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yoga for beginners, everything you need to know-Woman with back to camera poses in front of beach with sea and horizon

yoga for beginners, everything you need to know-Woman with back to camera poses in front of beach with sea and horizon

Heading to your first yoga class? You

will need some new

yoga gear

. Starting with clothing, you need to wear clothes that are loose and comfortable. Women tend to wear a fitted

yoga top

(similar to a workout top), a

yoga bra



plus leggings or

yoga pants

. Men wear shorts and a t-shirt.

Some yoga teachers will provide a


yoga mat

at the class, but it is nice to buy your own if you will be going to yoga classes regularly. You can buy a yoga mat from £20 up to £100.

If you choose to try yoga the chances are you’ll be hooked. There are enough classes to reflect everyone’s tastes, and the balance of physical and mental benefits, with fun and variety in the scene, will transform you into a toned, chilled-out enthusiast within months!

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