Yoga Basics: Yoga for Beginners
What you'll learn
- You will learn the very basics of yoga at a slow pace.
- You will have the chance to learn different modifications to adapt the practice to your body.
- You will be able to build up towards a full yoga class, if you're not ready to dive into the full length classes.
- Check with your medical professional before starting a yoga practice.
You don’t need to be able to touch your toes or stand on one leg. You don’t need fancy yoga pants or expensive equipment. We break down the postures and classes to meet you where you are at.
Ever walk into a yoga class or turned on a YouTube video and felt like it just wasn’t for you? Let me know if any of this sounds familiar:
I can’t touch my toes, how will I ever be able to do yoga?
I think I'm too old, everyone looks like their 23.
Everyone looks thin, maybe this isn't right for me.
I can barely sit on the floor with my ankles crossed much less put my foot above my head.
I told my instructor I was new so they told me to take child's pose if I was tired....I was tired after 5 minutes!
I get it. Here’s the thing, anyone can practice yoga or start yoga. There are so many different ways to practice: slow, fast, powerful, gentle, hot, cold. However, yoga needs to meet people where they are at, especially for beginners, seniors, or those with specific health conditions.
This course is for people who are absolute beginners and want an easy and progressive course. If you haven’t exercised in a while or are so tight that you feel like a rubber band ready to snap this course is for you. Yoga Basics will help you:
Decrease stress and target the areas of the body where you carry stress.
Increase flexibility and no....you don't need to touch your toes for that.
Build stamina one class, one pose at a time.
Learn the foundational postures you'll see in most yoga classes at a slow pace with lots of instruction.
Tune in and do self-check ins to see how you can best take care of yourself moving forward.
Yoga Basics: Yoga for Beginners is divided into four different modules:
Module 1: Just Getting Started. Think of this as your orientation into yoga. In this section, we review: safety, how to navigate this course, your planner, and just a little bit about what’s behind yoga. It’s quick, it’s easy, you can finish it in one sitting and likely just watch it once. Just enough so you feel confident to get going.
Module 2: Building Up to Your First Class. If starting a full 30-minute class or longer seems daunting, literally don’t SWEAT it. This module is divided into really short clips so you build up to a full class……in a few videos we barely even move when focused on relaxing. Some of you may want to skip this is you’re ready to get moving immediately and then use the classes as shorter practices. However, if you’re one of those people who want to know what’s happening before committing to 30 minutes with me, this module is for you.
Module 3: The full-length classes. We have 5 super beginner-friendly classes. The first class is around 30 minutes as we increase the length to 50 minutes. Each class progressively builds upon the last, so you're always learning something new but still working on what you learned previously.
Module 4: How’s To’s. We all have different body types and different abilities and that's a good thing. Your poses won't always look like mine and vice versa. I’ll review different options, modifications, and tips for yoga poses. These short videos will give you a deep dive of things to try so poses feel good for YOU. So if you’re having any challenges during the classes with certain postures or just want to learn more, this is a great resource to come to. You can practice these as mini-practices if you want to squeeze a few minutes of yoga into your day.
Yoga for non-pretzel people. Get started with Melissa today!
Who this course is for:
- Absolute beginner yoga students.
- Seniors who are able to get up and down off the floor with ease. (For those who cannot, I recommend my Chair Yoga course instead.
- Those new to physical activity who want a gentle practice that gradually builds up.
- Yoga teachers who are interested in learning modifications to teach beginners.
Melissa Leger is an MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) facilitator and yoga instructor. She works with women, veterans, and the medical community to help decrease stress and incorporate healthier lifestyle habits. As a female veteran, recovering corporate professional, and business owner, she has experienced stress and the challenges it creates in overall health and interpersonal relationships. Through a practical and straightforward approach, Melissa facilitates wellness programs that focus on living fully in the present moment through meditation and mindful movement.
Melissa Leger currently teaches mindfulness to veterans experiencing PTSD at the Road Home Clinic and offers affordable yoga and mindfulness program throughout Chicago through various organizations. She has completed training programs through Mindful Academy International, Bloom Prenatal, Connection Coalition, Sunlight Chair Yoga, and Yandara Yoga Institute. She has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Female Entrepreneur Association, Veteran’s Path Podcast, and the Tampa Tribune. Melissa has written for Yoga International focusing on bringing a trauma-informed approach to yoga and meditation and focusing on self-care and kindness.
Melissa holds an MBA from the University of Tampa and a BS in Business Management from the University of Tampa. She is the founder of Kindpact.