Basic Yoga for Beginners

Are you  looking for a Yoga practice that is suitable for beginners?

Most people believe that yoga is a practice that has levels of difficulty.  And it can be helpful sometimes to attend a "beginner" yoga class. 

However, that gets your mind thinking right away that you start at place A (the beginner place)  in your practice eventually you must get to place Z (the expert).

And that takes discipline and hard work. Hours on your mat.  Slogging away. Pushing, sweating, struggling and working.

Want to give up already?

I teach a powerful yoga practice, specially designed for people 50 and over that is perfect as a Basic Yoga for Beginners.   AND is is also really loved by people who have years of yoga practice - it could be called Yoga for Experts.  

This is because every asana  (posture) is designed to be able to be done by everyone, everybody, every BODY - whatever their fitness level, injury history, mobility and flexibility.

That means beginners and advanced students both. Together in the same room (or zoom room).  Doing the same class but each in their own way.

I teach my students to approach their yoga safely.  For the beginner and expert alike even basic yoga postures can be experienced as "easy"  or "difficult".  

As depending on where you are in your own body, all postures have the potential to expose restrictions, areas of stiffness and maybe an old injury.  

You actually WANT to find these restrictions, because unless you find them there is no way to release them.   

AND  you learn to approach any of your restrictions with care and a very mindful and gentle manner.  And over time watch them many students watch those restrictions disappear.

What can be adapted for each student is the time held in the posture, the layer of restriction that is worked on, and how the interaction with gravity and how that works the posture differently.


If you are looking for basic yoga for beginners and feel inadequate in a class, then problem could be your own self-judgements.  You might be looking at others and getting stuck in comparisons.  Or it might be the teacher is not right for you, or the class itself.

If you  see a picture of a Bendy Wendy (wearing black) doing a forward bend (uttanasana) something like this you may feel you're a failure.  

Beginners need to know that whether you can touch your toes or not does not matter.   

Let me repeat that. 

It does not matter if you can or can not touch your toes. 

You can easily modify this pose (and all others) with  blocks or a chair = thereby bringing the floor to you like the photo shows (lady in white). 

Yoga is helping you to work at your own level.  And your teacher needs to support you to stay at your level.    If there are 12 students in a class.  That's  12 different classes happening.  Each student being guided to find their own level, optimal place to work to open and release any blocks or restrictions.

Yoga is about going deeper.  Not with postures.  That may or may not happen.  All students, whatever their mobility can go deeper and deeper, not physically,  but with their mind. 

Yoga brings heightened levels of awareness and deeper focus and concentration. 


Other benefits include lower your heart rate,  activate the parasympathetic nervous system, to rest and restore, mindful breathing to improve oxygen levels in the blood.  Better mobility in all joints especially hips, shoulders. Back pain can dissolve. 

There are 1000's of scientifically proven benefits of yoga. And you can receive those benefits the moment you begin.  In a one hour class, everyone gets exactly the same benefits.  

Of course to keep on receiving those benefits you need to commit to a regular practice, but that's easy once you experience the joy, freedom and delight yoga can bring.  It will have you craving more!

You may struggle in a yoga class.  But not because you are a beginner.  Everyone struggles if they push too hard, forget their intention, try and rush ahead to some result "gotta touch my toes", do 100 sun salutations or whatever. 

We have made a mistake in the western mind when we see folk doing things with their bodies we immediately jump to the conclusion that it's a fitness thing, a physical workout, a form of exercise. 

Yoga couldn't be further away from that.  

The fact that you feel better and fitter through your yoga practice is almost a side-benefit, a consequence of every other benefit yoga brings to you. 


Body, Mind and Soul.   

As many western forms of yoga have taken just the postures and made them into a hot, fast workout you would be forgiven for thinking it's going to be too hard and not for you.  And don't get me wrong - if you are looking for a hot, fast, sweaty work out Bring It On! 

What you might be looking for if you want a basic yoga for beginners class - especially if you are over 50 - is something a bit more holistic. 

Grounded.  

Less like a jog on the treadmill.  

You might have heard that Yoga is good for the mind, for depression, or for the heart, for thyroid problems or whatever.

The reason why yoga is good for these (and many more) physical aliments and chronic conditions is that a good yoga class puts your body into rest and digest, restore and rejuvenate mode.  As if you are having a massage - but you are giving it to yourself.  But this is only possible if the yoga class is slow, meditative, with long holds, and using the breath mindfully. 

Yoga calms you down.  Slows you down.   So the body can get on with it's own healing process.

Our bodies are miracles. They can heal. They are always restoring given the chance.   It's just a problem that they often don't get a chance.   Yoga gives the body that opportunity. 

And if you are a beginner and the yoga class you are in isn't meeting your needs - swap.  Change.  Find another class.

I invite you to try join  my facebook group and experience how it can be basic yoga for beginners.

And you can get free access to online yoga classes in my membership area on www.kathywhiteyoga.com 





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