Beginners Yoga Step by Step

You most likely have a couple of preconceived ideas and perhaps an image of an elderly man with a long beard sitting in the lotus position appears into your mind. How about we go step by step in a beginners Yoga session.

The mental and health benefits of Yoga are easy to understand for those who have practiced Yoga. Yoga is an effective way of strengthening you physically as well as mentally and spiritually. This last ‘spiritual’ aspect may turn some people off, but it’s not something that needs to be associated with religion.

It enables you to be a more peaceful and content within yourself. Put like that it sounds quite extraordinary.

So you’ve most likely heard very little about Yoga and thought to yourself what is it all about.

The Preparation Steps:


Most Yoga classes start in a standing position also known as Mountain Pose (Tadasna). There are both mental and physical reasons for this and they are closely connected.

The standing position is the most natural Human position there is. What this means is that a standing pose comes naturally to us – we are not worried about getting it wrong and we can concentrate of the state of the body. Breathing exercises will be a key part of the warm up stage for your routine.

This is the only time in your life you will be ‘taught’ to breath and it’s a skill which allows people to restore calm to their bodies and thoughts.

The Physical Steps:

While the primary session is about releasing built up energies, this phase of your Yoga workout is all about allowing that energy to flow around your body.

Many people have trouble with thinking about some strange mystic force that is flowing through you and driving it to certain parts of your body.

If you are one of them just mentally substitute the word ‘energy’ with the word ‘blood’.

We know that the job of blood is to carry nutrients and oxygen around our body, and we know that if any part of our body is lacking in this supply that we will become ill.

So it’s not a huge stretch to think of blood as the mystic energy force that brings health around our body.

Exercises such as Yoga as being the method of ensuring the smooth and successful flow of that blood.

The Meditation Steps:

It is all about releasing built up tensions, in this stage of your Yoga workout.

Allowing that energy to flow around your body.

What The Yoga Beginner Can Expect

Whenever we start something new we have a certain feeling of trepidation and uncertainty of the unknown.

In most cases it is completely unfounded and we get on with things very quickly and easily.

Sometimes it isn’t and a simple little thing can cause us to have an entirely negative first impression and perhaps even never want to try that activity or pastime again.

Yoga has so many health benefits, on both a physical and spiritual level, that it would be a tragedy for anyone to miss out on them.

That they may have made any avoidable beginners mistakes on their first day.

With that in mind this article addresses some beginners yoga mistakes of a new Yogi, and how to make sure they don’t happen to you.

What Do You Want From Yoga.

The reality is that there are various styles of Yoga and each has its different benefits.

Ask yourself what it was about Yoga in general that appealed to you and then you can try a style that suits you more specifically.

You may like to set goals, be they physical, mental or spiritual.

If you do then it’s a good idea to discuss them with the instructor of your class before you begin.

Yoga instructors are usually very approachable and happy to talk about their passion.

They will be able to talk to you about your goals for the class and let you know if you are being realistic, aiming too high or too low.

Make sure you goal includes a time frame so it becomes something that is measurable.

Look Before You Leap

Having made the decision to give Yoga a go many people take a running leap and jump in to a 12-month stage by stage class.

These classes are usually an upfront payment arrangement and progress from one level to the next as the weeks progress.

They are a fantastic way of learning Yoga and becoming very good at it, but it’s quite possibly you will choose a class that is not ideal for you.

The best way around this is to join a Yoga beginner class, also known as a drop in class.

If you do these classes for a few weeks you will notice a high turnover of students as new people join and old people move on.

These classes are designed to give you a very broad feel for the different types of Yoga.

The level of the students in the class usually varies greatly so you can expect the instructor to keep the classes quite tame.

The other key benefit of doing this is that the classes are pay as you go so there is no big financial outlay for you while you decide the type and style of yoga that best suits you.

You are also not obliged to attend every class.

With the longer courses you can fall behind quickly if you miss a week or two in a row.

With the pay as you go classes you will find that while each class is different the level stays quite low to cater for the newer people joining in.

Pick The Right Teacher

Traditionally a Yogi had to be an apprentice to a skilled Guru for many years before he could teach even the simplest of Yoga technique.

Nowadays a 3-day course over a long weekend is considered enough by some people.

There is a big difference in what you will achieve depending on the skills and abilities of the person teaching you.

Yoga is starting to make a regular appearance on the sports’ injury list and a large reason for this is instructors who have been taught just enough to be dangerous.

A qualified teacher won’t necessarily be fantastic and an unqualified teacher won’t necessarily be terrible – but the odds are certainly cast in that direction,

It’s a good idea to check your instructors background and qualifications before you begin studying with them.

Final Step:

Best advice is to take small steps. There is no rush needed, you have the rest of your life to master the art of yoga.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this post or this site in general.

I will answer all the comments on my website personally so drop me a line below if you have any Yoga questions or comments.

I’m happy to help any way that I can.

copywrightNamaste Shane.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietitian before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet




12 thoughts on “Beginners Yoga Step by Step”

  1. I’m glad that someone finally used a post to give some insight into Yoga. I agree with you that many people don’t fully understand yoga, and I must say that I am one of them as I have never practiced it myself.

    The one thing that would bother me is that I have often heard stories of people getting injured(beginners)due to over-stretching muscles they have not used for some time.

    I wonder. Do most yoga classes begin with some sort of stretching routine, especially for beginners?

    Thank you for this post. I think it will go a long way toward explaining it to people who don’t quite understand it.

    • Hello Ray, 

      Thank you appreciate the questions.

      People do get injured quite often. 

      Best to choose the right class and teacher so you can avoid this situation. 

      All yoga classes should start with a proper warm up so to avoid injuries.

      Regards Shane.

  2. Yes! I must agree with you that picking the right teacher is an integral part of the learning of yoga. The teacher can make or mar the progress of any yogi. Also, the step by step guide towards becoming a yogi is very interesting and I did learnt some few tips out which I would be using. Thanks for this post

    • Thank You for reading my post again. 

      Really appreciate it.

      Good to hear you were able to get some useful information from these articles. 

      Regards Shane.

  3. Thank you for the guide on how to get started with Yoga. I’ve delved in a little bit. I used to follow Wai Lana Yoga on the old Wisdom Channel on cable TV. 🙂 I believe she follows Hatha Yoga. That’s the only one I’m familiar with. I hadn’t thought of the drop-in beginner classes. I might check that out locally. Thanks again for the info. 

    • Hello Paula, 

      Thank you for reading my post.

      I personally do Hatha Yoga and recommend it. 

      Try yoga anyway that suits you is best. 

      There are so many options these days. 

      Regards Shane.

  4. Hi Shane. Thank you for putting up this post about what beginners can expect in yoga. I was told that yoga can help with stress and mental related issues and that is why I have decided to venture into it. I don’t know how well I will be able to go on doing the yoga class but the important thing is I have taken a decision to do it. I never really thought of making a back ground research on the yogi. Thanks for that help

    • Hello Henderson, Appreciate the comments. 

      Yoga will help your stress related issues. 

      Best descision is to see if yoga is for you. 

      Checking out a yoga teacher back ground may not be totally necessary. 

      Taking a class with a teacher will tell you soon enough if they suit your needs. 

      Regards Shane.

  5. Quite Insightful!

    I’ve never tried yoga before, not for once. But recently, I’ve come across Ashtanga Yoga and having read about the procedure, I wish to explore it for real and help myself connect with my body, my mind and also surroundings. I am working professionally and I wish to do this yoga in my home.

    Can you please guide me whether Ashtanga yoga is the right way to start with? or perhaps if there is something else to explore before first? I’m sincerely looking for guidance.


    • Hello Jordan, 

      Thank you for taking the time to read my post. 

      Glad to hear you want to do yoga.

      Ashtanga yoga is ok as long as you choose a beginners class. 

      Any Yoga class will be good as long as you start slowly.

      Regards Shane.

  6. Thank you so much for your honest Yoga guide for beginners. I always want to practice yoga just for my mental health. I feel that I am always stressed out with work all the time and when I take all the yoga classes that my fitness provide for me, it is just too challenging for me and it always falls through when things gets tough for me. 

    I will certainly follow your guide by joining the beginner class first and also talk with my yoga instructor. 🙂

    • Hello Nuttanee, 

      Thank You for reading my article. 

      Appreciate the comments. 

      Happy to hear you were able to get some good information from it. 

      Regards Shane.


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