This post was actually scheduled for next month, but I’ve had quite a few people reach out to me after my last yoga post. Readers have been asking about resources for yoga beginners, so I decided to post it earlier. Click here for the first post in the yoga series.
Before, I share any further information on yoga and its intricacies, I feel like this post is necessary for people out there who are interested in actually getting started. A lot of people say the best way to start yoga is to just start and while I subscribe to that school of thought a little bit, I’m not 100% on board with that.
Yoga when done wrong can be dangerous. If you attempt to get into a pose without the right amount of research, and opening up of body parts that need to be open, you could seriously hurt yourself. So I say, the best way to start? Do your research. The internet is your friend. That being said, I’d like to share my top 5 internet resources for yoga beginners.
Most of them are YouTube pages, with a website and an app added. YouTube is such a great resource for anyone looking to start their yoga practice. However, figuring our where to start can be tough. Hopefully, this post gives you a concrete place to start. Let’s dive in.
5 Internet Resources for Yoga Beginners.
I absolutely love this app. It’s the only one I use for yoga. Yoga Studio has beginner, intermediate and advance yoga sequences on it. It also has videos of different lengths ranging from 10 minutes – 1 hour. I think it’s a great way to start a home practice. It also has a gallery of poses and when you click on a pose, you get detailed instructions on how to enter each pose. Fab stuff! I can’t say this enough though, if you’re just starting stick to beginner sequences. Yoga is NOT a competition. When you see people who can do really cool things with their bodies, be inspired by them, not challenged. Because at the end of the day, yoga isn’t just about the poses. The physical poses are a tool towards becoming a better person and finding a place of peace spiritually. I have this app on my ipad, so I know it’s available on Apple. I knows it’s NOT available on windows and I think according to their twitter page, an Android version is in the works.
Sarah Beth’s channel was the first yoga channel I subscribed to. I was looking to open up my hips, I tried her deep hip opening sequence and it was such a challenge that I fell in love. When looking for new yoga sequences, I like to find challenging ones that I can go back to repeatedly and see growth. Sarah Beth’s channel is great ‘cause she has different playlists like Bedtime Yoga, Yoga for Flexibility, Yoga for Beginners, etc.
I pretty much stumbled across Candace by mistake. I was looking for how to do a pose, I don’t remember which now. And I came across her illustration in the images section on Bing. I loved the detail of the picture and it pretty much helped me figure out what to do with my whole body. From there, I subscribed to her channel and followed her on instagram. In January, I did a strength challenge she hosted and got to know her a bit better. She’s super supportive, gave lots of tips that actually helped me. Her YouTube channel is just as helpful; she has playlists broken down by length, body part focus, time of day etc. In addition, she has more how to illustrations like the one below on her website.
Lesley’s channel is a new find for me, so I’m still exploring. I came across her channel when I was looking to try the ashtanga primary series. Her 30 minute intro to ashtanga is fast paced, so I wouldn’t suggest that for beginners. However, she has a beginner and an intermediate playlist.
Yoga journal is, in my opinion, one of the best websites to start your yoga research. You can find sequences for just about any body type, you can search for poses based on type, anatomy, benefit and even A-Z! You can also find information on meditating on here.
I haven’t even grazed the surface with the information I shared above. That being said, if you’re truly interested in starting a yoga journey, do your research. There are so many different styles and types of resources out there. Fid something that fits your style.