Yoga For Beginners – Class 1

Focus: Becoming aware of the way that you stand is a great starting point when you begin learning yoga. You may not realise that your feet turn out. You might lean forwards, or to one side. Your shoulders might push forwards. Your chest might collapse. Your spine might sink. This class will give you an insight into starting to see and feel your body as it really is. It then teaches you, step by step, how to realign and rebalance. It gives you the tools to strengthen the parts of your body that may need to be strengthened. It shows you how to bring elasticity to areas of the body that may have become inflexible. It will help you to feel more energetic and confident with how you hold your body. This first class in the Yoga For Beginners Course will get you up and practicing yoga. The benefits will soon begin to follow.

Key Poses: Tadasana, urdhva hastasana, trikonasana, Virabhadrasana II, vajarasana.

Equipment: Mat, blanket.

Level: Beginner

Duration: 55 min

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  1. Victoria S

    i like this intro class so much, may I take it again. I’ve been practicing iyengar for a long time, took a break the past years, so I NEED A REMINDER OF THE VERY IMPORTANT BASE WE STAND ON. THANKS RON VICTORIA

    • Di

      Thanks Victoria. Take the class as often as you like. 😄

  2. suzanne b

    I enjoyed doing these basic poses although there are so many different parts of the body to consider and it is very hard work. Hopefully though I shall be walking taller and straighter than I was previously
    The most difficult thing for me just now is trying to bend sideways without leaning forward.when I have to lift my arm above my head and look up to the ceiling.

  3. Sovia W

    Hi Rod,
    As you mentioned in the video “yoga for beginner – class 1” above, if have a stiff hamstring & tight hip, mostly will stand with toes outward, how about whose stand with knock knee (toes inward), is it because of tightness & stiffness on quad & groin area?
    Thanks 🙏

  4. Devaaya A

    When I do triangle pose and I really tuck my hip in, I feel a pinching sensation really on both sides in the inner hip(it is more pronounced on the less flexible side). Is this normal?

    • Rod

      Hi Devaaya,

      Thank you for your question. Yoga poses shouldn’t be painful but they should be helping to improve mobility. Stretching of muscles can be a little uncomfortable but pinching / acute pain is not “normal”. It is hard to say what the issue might be for you. If the discomfort is significant it might be important to see a doctor about it. Pinching might be a sign that you need more height under your bottom hand. The bottom hand can come up as high as the knee if needed. Go as high as you need to until the pinching is not there. The hip aspect is one aspect of the pose. Even if you are not getting down very far with your had, you can still work on the chest opening – which is another very important aspect of the pose.

      I hope this helps. Let me know how you go.

      Best wishes,


  5. Caz G

    Wow a really tough one on my extremely tight hips.. actually tight everything.. looking forward to getting some flexibility

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