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Beginners Yoga Class

Good advice when you want to take a beginners yoga class.

By now, you’re already aware that there are different poses and styles of yoga that you can practice. In preparing yourself for a beginners yoga class, it’s important to know which type you’d like to do and what you want to happen. You need to know your fitness goals and keep them to heart so that you’ll also know what poses or styles are good for you.

Here’s a quick introduction to the different styles consisting of the most common and popular types of yoga that can be incorporated in a beginners yoga class.

Popular Types of Yoga in a Beginners Yoga Class.

  • Bikram Yoga – Start yourself with this very hot yoga stance. With 26 poses, you’ll have many opportunities to work on the alignment of your body. This is a very good style for beginners.
  • Hatha Yoga – This is what we’re focused on in this guide and the accompanying videos. Hatha Yoga focuses on slow and gentle movements. This provides many very relaxing poses that are good for getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Vinyasa Yoga – Also known as the “Vinyasa Flow” or just plain “Flow.” This entails move from one pose to another effortlessly, like the wind. Along with Hatha Yoga, this is one the most popular styles of yoga in America.
  • Kundalini Yoga – Kundalini comes from the energy of the root Chakra, which surrounds the area around our lower spines. This hits your core area, and classes should be pretty intense. Great for lower and upper torso toning. Note, however, that there is plenty of controversy associated with Kundalini yoga, particularly because of the way it strives to unleash or awaken the “coiled serpent power” at the base of the spine. This type of yoga has been promoted more for spiritual purposes, rather than for fitness goals.
  • Ashtanga Yoga – This is also known as the “Power Yoga.” This style is physically demanding and requires a highly reverential attitude concerning the poses. This is often preferred by people who want to push their bodies to their limits.
  • Iyengar Yoga – This style uses a lot of props, from: blocks, harnesses, cushions, straps, and so much more. A great focus is emphasized on the alignment of your body, which makes this also great for physical therapy.
  • Anusara Yoga – This is characterized by back bends, and is dependent on directions coming from the instructor of the class.
  • Restorative Yoga – Would you like to unwind after a long day of work? Some peace of mind? This style focuses on deep breathing and relaxation.
  • Jivamukti Yoga – This has very strong and obvious Eastern influences. It features a mix of “Flow” sequencing that is infused with a lot of chanting and a focus on a vegetarian diet advocacy.
  • Prenatal Yoga – This is great for all excited mommies-to-be. A lot of people agree that this is the best type of exercise for expecting mothers, because it concentrates more on the core and breathing techniques, which are very reliable aids in giving birth.

When choosing to participate in a beginners yoga class, make sure that you understand the goals of the class before you sign up, to avoid any conflict with your own goals. Remember also that while a structured class ambiance could be helpful for absolute beginners, it is also possible to learn and practice in the comfort of your own home.

That’s what we’ll be discussing in the next article titled “Learn Yoga at Home” and before starting go get your subscription to the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter to get the free set of Hatha Yoga videos. These videos will be of great value for doing yoga exercise at home without having to join a beginners yoga class.

Guide to Hatha Yoga Poses

Your all inclusive guide to Hatha Yoga poses.

Congratulations for deciding to read this guide on Hatha Yoga for Beginners! You’ve made the right choice to let strength surge within you, and make positive changes in your life.

What is this strength that we are talking about?

It’s the kind of strength that’s gradually built up without undue pressure. Its foundations are found in relaxation – in a calming and gentle process and effect.

If you think that surging strength and gentle relaxation are at odds with each other, we’ll show proof how that isn’t the case, at least not as far as Hatha Yoga poses are concerned.

The strength promoted through Hatha Yoga for beginners is one that is based on the release of energy that encourages your holistic development. Through the regular performance of Hatha Yoga poses, you will be able to:

  • Accomplish the union of your mind and body, such that they don’t function as separate parts of your being, but as fully united components working for your best welfare.
  • Acquire a working balance between mind and body, together with your spirit, so that the quality of your life will improve in a holistic manner.
  • Achieve greater suppleness, enabling you to move with more control and poise, avoiding clumsy movements that can cause injuries.
  • Attain not only a youthful and optimistic outlook, but actually feel young and energetic, with greater capacity to achieve tasks and fulfill your dreams and passions.

That is exactly why we have prepared this guide on Hatha Yoga for beginners for you, along with the simplified Hatha Yoga poses that are clearly depicted in the more than 70 videos that are an integral part of this whole package.

Whether your interest in Hatha Yoga comes from plain curiosity, or an intense desire to take charge of your life, you are heading down the right path. As you start to learn these yoga poses, you’ll start to bring a rejuvenated, positive viewpoint into your existence. You’ll begin recharging your flagging energy and weary self through the simple lessons and explanations provided.

Along with the videos, you’ll be able to appreciate the powerful freedom that Hatha Yoga practice can bring to your mind, body, and spirit; once they start working as one for your ultimate good.

A Brief Background on Hatha Yoga

Health and wellness are very subjective. How they are defined is based on personal ideas about being fit and how to become so. For some people, what their thoughts conjure up are images of various kinds of food, both the forbidden and the allowed (dietary restrictions). Some also think of strenuous activities, ranging from spot toning to overall workouts (physical exercises), while others focus on drugs, medicines, or organic compounds (prescriptions, vitamins, supplements, steroids).

Not everyone is able to easily reconcile themselves with such thoughts. They think that being healthy and well is too much of an imposition, that it requires too much effort, sacrifice and stringent discipline. In other words, for some people the road to being healthy in mind and body is no fun at all.

Hatha Yoga Poses are Here to Change that Perspective

Hatha is a Sanskrit or ancient Indian word. Ha is the sun. Tha is the moon. Yoga, on the other hand, is also a Sanskrit word that literally means “unite” or “yoke” (together). When you mention Hatha Yoga, you are in effect saying “the union of opposites.”

Three Key Elements of Hatha Yoga Poses

Meditation, posture or poses and breathing are the three key elements of Hatha Yoga. They are the basis on which the Hatha Yoga poses have been created.

If you are new to meditation, you are in good hands. This guide will guide you on why meditation is ideal for you, to quiet your mind, free it from clutter, and enable you to harness the power of concentration or focused thinking.

The same applies to breathing. Of course, breathing comes naturally to all living creations. However, there are numerous breathing styles. Some of these are harmful, while some are beneficial. This guide will help you understand the differences and show you techniques to master your breathing.

As for the postures or poses, they are central to learning. You will be presented with explanations about each pose, as well as what they can do for you.

Remember though, that while this guide contains information that is sufficient as an initial step towards getting fit, you will best be able to enjoy a fuller more comprehensive engagement with your mind, body, and spirit by watching the more than 70 Hatha Yoga videos you get by subscribing to the MyFitnessNut.com Newsletter. Next, we’ll delve deeper into some “How Hatha Yoga Benefits Your Whole Being”. The key to understanding and living life the Hatha Yoga way is just a couple clicks away.