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Yoga is about so much more than flexibility. It’s an excellent way to build strength, increase muscular endurance, improve balance, and make you feel more in tune with your body overall. But if you’re a beginner, jumping right into class can be a little nerve-racking. You may be unfamiliar with the movements and for many, that can make you self-conscious! There goes that “inner peace!”
Having said that, there are always beginner classes available if you’re interested in trying one, but a lot of people like to begin their practice at-home. Our full body yoga flow for beginners is a great entry-level option that will get you feeling stretchy and strong all over!
A Couple Tips for a Successful Flow
Assuming that you’re brand new to all things yoga, we wanted to share some tips that will help your flow be as effective and go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Create a Space
Yoga is meant to be calming. The practice is supposed to help you focus and relax. When practicing at home, it’s very important that you create a space for yourself that provides for this calm. So, we don’t advise performing this full body yoga flow in the middle of the family room while the kiddos or pets are running all around you. Yet, we’re not saying you need to have a room dedicated to yoga, but you do want a quiet space with enough room to move, breathe, and focus. The corner of your bedroom, in your office, or even the back patio are all excellent spaces! Ideally, it should be warm, not hot, with comfortable flooring and a mat, both for extra cushioning and traction.
Yogis of all experience levels will tell you they’ve struggled with holding their breath (when they shouldn’t be) while going through the poses. One benefit of attending class is, many instructors are really good at noticing our breathing patterns and reminding us to breeaaatheeee when needed. When practicing at home, we’re solely responsible for keeping the oxygen flowing!
Our pattern of breathing is integral to maximizing our yoga experience. For example, while holding a pose, you should breathe with deep, slow breaths throughout the duration. But many people find themselves wondering how to breathe as they transition from one pose to another. Fortunately, there’s a really great tip I learned a while back that’s helped me ever since– and I bet it can help you too!
Here it is: Breathe in conjunction with the natural movement of your spine.
Allow me to explain: Whenever you inhale, your spine lifts and straightens as you fill your chest cavity with air. Conversely, your spine softens and rounds as you exhale. You will notice that each of the poses below has you either lift or lower as you transition into the next one. On a lift (straighten), inhale and on a lower (bending), exhale. The one exception to this is if you are ever bending backwards, you would want to inhale. And since your head is at the top of your spine, always be sure to lead with it. It may seem unnatural at first, but with and regular practice, your flow will become smooth as silk!
Full Body Yoga Flow for Beginners
So, given that tip, let’s begin.
Once you get settled in your space, take a few moments to focus and relax before getting into the first pose. Note that you do not need a timer for this total body yoga flow — your breathing is going to be your timer.
On average, one deep inhale and exhale takes approximately 5 seconds. So, for the 30 second holds, take 6 full breaths and for the 60 second hold, take 12 breaths. As you transition into the next pose, follow the rule above (inhale with a rise and exhale with a bend).
We highly recommend watching all of the instructional videos before beginning your yoga flow, so that you can familiarize yourself with the individual poses, and perform the transitions smoothly, without interruption. Let’s get into it!
1. Child’s Pose
2. Cobra Pose
3. Downward Dog
4. High Lunge Pose
5. Puppy Pose
6. High Lunge Pose
8. Reclined Spinal Twist
9. Wind Release Pose
10. Seated Side Bend
11. Seated Mountain Pose
12. Corpse Pose
And there you have it! You’ve successfully completed the full body yoga flow for beginners! Don’t judge yourself if you weren’t able to complete each pose for the directed time, or if you felt you weren’t fully engaged all throughout. There’s a reason it’s called a “practice.” Each time you begin a new yoga session, you are “practicing.” Even the most experienced yogis “practice” every time.
So, let us know how you feel in the comment section below! What was your favorite pose? Where did you find any difficulty? We’d love to help!
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