9 Yoga Poses for Beginners

Yoga can be intimidating for beginners, and many feel discouraged and worried about their flexibility before they even attend their first class—ironically, these are the students that would most benefit from the physical practice of yoga.

Yoga does not have to be so complicated, and sometimes the easiest way to start your practice is through a few simple poses. You often hear yoga teachers say that the most advanced poses are usually the simplest ones to execute, and that an advanced yoga practice is defined not by what postures you can do, but how mindfully you do them.

Remember: everyone was once a beginner stumbling through their very first yoga class, even the yogis who now look like circus performers.

Your main goal in each posture is to breathe evenly and stay present, regardless of whether you think you're performing the poses perfectly.

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