Basic Beginner Course II

Learn yoga basics with expert guidance in this introductory beginners yoga course. The Basic Beginner Course II is the second part of the four-part Yoga Selection online beginners program. Progress from beginner to intermediate in 18 video classes. The Yoga Selection beginners program is the most comprehensive and structured beginners program available online. It will help you to build a safe and solid foundation for your yoga practice. Once you complete the four-part beginner program you are then ready to progress to intermediate level classes.

These next five classes will complete your basic introduction to yoga and take you through to the next stage of your journey. You will be exploring new twisting poses, balancing in new standing poses and building abdominal strength. To start feeling more of the benefits of yoga it will be important to try and practice regularly. This will help you to build momentum and progressively challenge yourself. Pushing too hard and feeling constantly out of your comfort zone is not likely to lead to a positive experience. Equally, it will be hard to experience any benefits from your practice if you are never out of your comfort zone. This course is designed to help you find the right balance to confidently progress.

Who is this course for?
  • Individuals new to yoga
  • Those new to Iyengar yoga
  • Anyone needing to re-visit basic yoga principles

Ideally, complete the Basic Beginner Course (part I) prior to commencing this course.

How will learning yoga help me?

People try yoga for varying reasons. You might be looking for relief from back pain or some other discomfort. Perhaps you are interested in sport and want to improve your performance or minimise your injury risk. Maybe you need a tool to manage stress. These are all good reasons to give yoga a try.

As you work your way through this course, you may start to notice yourself feeling stronger, more flexible, more energetic and less stressed. Your concentration may be more sustained. You might start to notice yourself being naturally drawn towards food, situations and people that are good for you. All of these benefits will naturally start to follow the more you practice.

To find out more about learning Iyengar yoga online as a beginner, see our blog article

What do I get from this course?
  • A comprehensive and structured introduction to yoga using the Iyengar method
  • Essential foundations and key principles clearly communicated to help you go further on your yoga journey
  • Step by step tracking of your progression through the course
  • Email reminders to help keep you motivated and on track
  • Email support from your teacher

 

 



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Course Progress

Basic Beginners Course II - Class 6

Focus: This class contains all the standing poses that you worked with in the previous course. You will be staying a bit longer in poses now. This is in part due to the fact that you are stronger, but also because you need that bit longer to apply your growing knowledge to each pose. This class introduces some fundamental concepts about how to twist in yoga poses. New twisting movements are explored in both standing and seated positions.


Key Poses: Parivrtta Trikonasana (twisted triangle pose) and simple cross-leg twist.


Equipment: Mat, 2 blankets, bolster, 2 blocks, belt.


Level: Beginner


Duration: 50 min


Start

Basic Beginners Course II - Class 7

Focus: By this stage you may be noticing an improvement in your hip mobility. Up until this point, hip work has mainly taken place in standing positions. In this class you will further develop this with the standing pose Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose). Then start to explore hip work via a new seated pose. The basic techniques of standing and seated twists are further consolidated.


Key Poses: Ardha Chandrasana and Gomukhasana preparation.


Equipment: Mat, 2 blankets, bolster, 2 blocks, belt.


Level: Beginner


Duration: 45 min


Start

Basic Beginners Course II - Class 8

Focus: Your overall posture by this stage, has likely begun to improve. Having stronger leg muscles, and more open hips and shoulders helps to achieve this. Notice how having stronger legs starts to make you lower back feel more supported in the coming weeks. A group of leg strengthening poses are included in this sequence. This class also looks at techniques for improving Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose). Start to feel the rejuvenating effect of elevating your legs and relaxing at the end of each class.


Key Poses: Triang Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana


Equipment: Mat, 2 blankets, bolster, 2 blocks, belt


Level: Beginner


Duration: 45 min


Start

Basic Beginners Course II - Class 9

Focus: This class devotes more time to seated poses. A sound understanding of these basic seated poses will effortlessly lead you towards some of the more advanced seated poses at a later stage. In this class you will be working with new seated poses that help bring mobility to the hips, knees and ankles. Some abdominal strengthening poses enter the course in this class. The standing twist parivrtta trikonasana is also explored more closely.


Key Poses: Parivrtta Trikonasana, Baddha Konasana and Janu Sirsasana.


Equipment: Mat, 2 blankets, bolster, 2 blocks, belt.


Level: Beginner


Duration: 45 min


Start

Basic Beginners Course II - Class 10

Focus: This final class will give you a taste of what to expect from the next course – The Beginner Extension Course. You will be introduced to new inverted poses which are practiced regularly in the next level. These poses incorporate upper body strength with shoulder and wrist mobility. The expectation is that these poses will be fun but challenging when first encountered. At this stage familiarity is all that is necessary. The poses are developed more fully down the track. As many poses as possible from the Basic Beginner Level are included in this class. Up until this point there has not been an emphasis placed on breath awareness. However, a new chest opening pose is looked at towards the end of the class which is an ideal position from which to begin observing the breath.


Key Poses: Full arm balance preparation, head balance preparation, setu bandha sarvangasana.


Equipment: Mat, 2 blankets, bolster, 2 blocks, belt.


Level: Beginner


Duration: 45 min


Start

10 Comments

  1. Alain D

    Hi Rod, it’s been more or less two weeks that i’ve started your classes from the beginning. I practiced Iyengar for a couple of years, but not on very regular bases. Your classes are really great. I love how progressive but still challenging they are. Your explanations are extremely precise, and all the posture details you are talking about are the reason why i always prefered Iyengar. I’m quite in good shape, but what starts to be challenging for me (it always had been) are my very stiff legs. For example, if i want to keep my back straight in Adho mukha svanasana, i definitely have to bend my knees. And my legs were shaking like crazy in class 9 ! So I will definitely get an annual subscription, i feel like if i was in a real yoga studio. Thank you !

  2. Lynette H

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  3. Lynette H

    I wish I’d come upon your course years ago! I have been going to Iyengar classes for over a year, but am finding that going back to beginner level and working through the poses with you has been a huge breakthrough for me. I am already much more confident in the knowledge that I am doing the poses correctly, and I value your calm, clear, encouraging instruction more than I can say. I will be continuing with you as part of my daily routine.

    • Rod

      Hi Lynette,

      Thank you for your comment. It’s wonderful to hear that you are benefitting from the classes in that way! Going back to basics is a valuable thing for all of us to do. Thank you for making the classes part of your daily routine! It’s great to be with you!! 😁

  4. Nancy D

    I’ve just completed class 9 and ready to go to class 10. I just want to say how much I’m appreciating your calm, thorough instruction. I’ve taken many yoga classes over the last 20 years and wanted to approach this online course from its beginning. It is refreshing to have a structured online class with emphasis on proper alignment and development, the way Iyengar had intended…no cheerleading-type instruction… just a methodical, practical attention to well-being. I look forward to continuing.

    • Rod

      Hi Nancy,

      Thank you very much for your feedback. It’s very rewarding to hear that you are making use of the courses in that way and enjoying them. If you need any input along the way please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Thanks for sharing your experience.

      Best wishes,

      Rod

  5. Erica J

    Since I have been an Iyengar student for several years, I was surprised at how much I learnt during this course. I will repeat the beginners course until I have more flexibility and upper body strength. Thank you Rod for offering these online classses.

    • Rod

      Hi Erica,

      Thank you very much for your feedback. Apologies for my late reply! I am so glad to hear that you have been enjoying and benefitting from the classes in that way. I think that even advanced students can always learn a lot going back to beginners classes. Repeating sounds like a great idea. Please feel free to let me know how you go.

      Best wishes,

      Rod

  6. Kim T

    I’ve completed classes 9 and 10 of Basic Beginner ll and am ready to move on to the Beginner Extension classes.

    • Rod

      That’s great to hear Kim. Nice one! I hope it’s been helpful for you. If you have questions along the way please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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