Despite its aura of chilled-outness, yoga can seem oddly intimidating. How on Earth is a yoga newbie supposed to know which direction to put their mat, or how to tell the difference between a downward dog and a tree pose?
- The NHS says yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.
- Unlike stretching or fitness, yoga is more than just physical postures. Yoga connects the mind, body, and breath and helps us to direct our attention inward
- The Yoga Journal says many people think that they need to be flexible to begin yoga, but that’s a little bit like thinking that you need to be able to play tennis in order to take tennis lessons
- Most studies suggest that yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance
But if you want to get started and don't know the best yoga workouts for beginners, watch these three helpful video guides.
First up, Texas-based yoga instructor Adriene presents one of the best 20-minute home yoga workouts for beginners.
Yoga For Complete Beginners by Yoga with Adriene
Next, Tara Stiles has a mission – and that mission is to improve yoga beginners’ core strength.
Core Strength by Livestrong Woman
Finally, it’s #fail time. Behold a selection of yogis making boo-boos. Moral of the story? Leave headstands well alone.