Yoga for Beginners with Yoga Journal
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Yoga for Beginners with Yoga Journal

An introduction to basic poses, breathing practices, and meditation
5.0 (7 ratings)
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Last updated 6/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 27 Articles
  • 13 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • What yoga is and how to make it fun, accessible, and safe
  • Alignment of basic yoga postures
  • How to move past just the physical practices to reap profound mind-body benefits
  • Several different yogic breathing techniques
  • The basics of meditation
  • The different yoga styles and how to choose one that resonates with you
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  • Students should have a basic level of physical fitness before starting this course. It is important to talk to your doctor before starting any new exercise regimen.
  • For this course, you may want props such as a yoga mat, block, blanket, strap, and bolster

New to yoga? Start here! Yoga for Beginners with Yoga Journal will help demystify yoga, and make it fun, accessible, and safe. 

Part 1 of this course will introduce you to the basics of yoga philosophy, explore the myriad benefits of a regular yoga practice, teach you how to use props, and provide clear video and text instruction for 12 fundamental poses that you’ll use almost every time you roll out your mat. You’ll also get a 20-minute sequence and additional resources to help you continue your education and embody what you learn. This course is perfect for new students or for those who have tried yoga at home and are looking for ways to feel comfortable and confident stepping into a studio.

In Part 1, we will cover:

  • Yoga 101 lessons on the history and philosophy of this ancient science, including a review of the 8 limbs of yoga
  • 30 reasons that yoga is good for your mind, body, and soul
  • Prop and resource guides
  • Clear and concise video instruction for 12 basic poses
  • A 20-minute sequence that employs many of the basic poses

Part 2 of this course will help you find a personal practice and routine that resonates with you, so that you’ll want to stick with yoga well into the future. Adding to the foundation you built in Part 1, Part 2 of this course will delve into the basics of breathwork, or pranayama, and meditation, as well as introduce you to different styles of yoga. Plus, you’ll get four video classes and five audio classes.

In Part 2, we will cover:

  • Instruction on and information about the science of pranayama, or yogic breathing
  • A meditative practice and dozens of reasons to start today
  • A flowchart and catalog of yoga styles that can help you find your yoga groove
  • Four 20-minute video practices inspired by the vinyasa, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Yin traditions
  • A wrap-up of all you've learned, including a 20-minute sequence that employs many of the basic poses

Enroll today, and set the foundation for a lifelong love affair with yoga.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone interested in starting a yoga practice.
  • Anyone who has already done some yoga, but wants to learn more about the practice and improve their technique.
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Curriculum For This Course
46 Lectures
Welcome to Part 1 of the course!
1 Lecture 02:04

Let's start with a quick quiz to see how deep your yoga knowledge runs before taking this course.

8 questions
What is Yoga?
3 Lectures 09:27
What is Yoga?

What are the Yoga Sutra and the Eight Limbs of Yoga?

The Yogic Path

You've just covered a lot of ground—nice work! Take this quiz to see how much you've retained about the roots and scope of yoga, and remember that you can always come back to this section for a refresher!

What is Yoga?
7 questions
Why Practice?
3 Lectures 13:11
The Physical Benefits of Yoga

Physical Benefits

Emotional Benefits
Prop and Resource Guide
2 Lectures 03:32
Prop Guide

Study Guide
Basic Poses
5 Lectures 10:37
Intro to Basic Poses + Warm-Up Poses

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Downward-Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Standing Poses
4 Lectures 09:16

Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

Warrior Pose II (Virabhadrasana II)

Extended Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana)
Seated (or Floor) Poses
4 Lectures 08:11

Head-of-the-Knee Pose (or Head-to-Knee Pose) (Janu Sirsasana)

Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Corpse Pose (Savasana)
Part 1 Wrap-Up
2 Lectures 20:54

Basic Pose Sequence
Welcome to Part 2 of the course!
2 Lectures 02:40

Let's see where we are starting from in terms of the breath, meditation, and different yoga styles...

7 questions

Taking Your Practice Deeper
2 Lectures 15:29
Peace of Mind

Meditation Postures
5 More Sections
About the Instructor
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Yoga for Beginners

For 40 years, Yoga Journal has been the #1 authority on yoga and the yoga lifestyle. Founded in 1975, Yoga Journal offers all practitioners—from beginners to masters—expert information on how to live a healthier, happier, more fulfilling life both on and off the mat. Every day, Yoga Journal engages its print, online, and live audiences with top teacher insights and in-depth reporting on poses, breathing, meditation, nutrition, health, trends, and more. Always informative and inspiring, the magazine’s welcoming, inclusive point of view puts every reader in front of the world’s best teachers. With 12 international editions spanning 28 countries, and annual live events, Yoga Journal is the world’s largest and most influential yoga brand.