The number of yoga for beginners resources I’ve tried is a bit embarrassing. I have always been interested in the benefits of yoga. The fact one yoga workout can combine strength, flexibility, and even some cardio is really impressive. Plus it’s been linked to less stress, improved balance, and increased happiness! I guess that’s why I keep trying different yoga for beginner DVDs and poses from magazines.
Despite all of my trying, I had yet to master a proper chaturanga or warrior pose, though. I actually learned recently that even my downward dog was a little off. But if you had to a yoga class around here, everyone is already experienced. They not only have all of their dogs properly mastered, but they are doing power yoga flows and stuff. Talk about intimidating!
So as a beginner, I struggled with not only the proper form of yoga poses but the foundation of yoga itself.
As I’ve found out now, yoga is called a practice was a reason. You don’t have to be perfect. Honestly, you should always be challenged in your yoga practice. One of my favorite yoga teachers says, “yoga is about embracing integrity and letting go of ego”.
So going into a yoga class and comparing myself to others wasn’t honoring the foundation of yoga. I was also close to injuring myself because I was going too deep into the poses and not using good form. I wanted to go deep because of my ego, and it takes a good teacher to remind you to let that crap go.
Breathing is another fundamental aspect within yoga – especially or beginners. Not only does it help your energy and flow, but it helps me remember to full in my belly to my heart center.
As I mentioned before – despite all of the yoga for beginners articles I read, I struggled with some of the simplest poses. Even after practicing yoga now, I don’t know if you can learn proper form from a written guide. At least I couldn’t – more power to you that can.
I really need proper cueing and someone telling me what I should be feeling all over. For example, my downward dog was a mess. It took cueing to turn my wrists inward to feel my triceps kick into power mode. Then I had to learn the alignment of my head to be in between my shoulders as well.
Finding the Time to Practice
Up until doing a 3 Week Yoga Retreat, I also couldn’t find a good schedule to start yoga videos consistently. I like to workout 5x a week, but usually, my workout calendar calls for yoga on Saturday or Sunday. It’s so easy to skip! Plus, I knew if I wanted to get better at yoga, it was going to take more than just 1 class per week. It didn’t help that my gym was about an hour commute round-trip. Who has time for that?
So when I ran across the yoga for beginners 3-week retreat, I started to dig into what it was all about and who the trainers were.
The 3 Week Yoga Retreat promised to be a straightforward approach to yoga with no chanting, ohms or gongs. Which some people may like, but that part of yoga kind of weirds me out. It also is shot on a white backdrop which I really liked. There is nothing like seeing a grown man in tight biker-looking shorts up to his belly button doing yoga on the beach at sunrise — I’m okay not seeing that again…ever.
Here’s a quick look at what it looks like:
I started it last Fall during a pretty stressful time. It was exactly what I needed. It was the first time I felt accomplished and challenged in a yoga class all at the same time. The first week is truly yoga for beginners. Yvtas, one of the trainers, outlines how breath affects your practice, and also how to do each basic yoga pose in detail.
It was his class that taught me how to do a downward dog correctly!
Each week progresses into new workouts, and you get a new workout Monday-Friday! Which I really loved – it kept yoga exciting each day versus another sun salutation over and over again.
The Yoga for Beginners Weekly Classes
- Monday – Core
- Tuesday – Stretch
- Wednesday – Balance
- Thursday – Flow
- Friday – Flow on the Go
- Saturday & Sunday – Restorative Yoga
You also get a new teacher each week. I really liked having a new teacher each week because each one had their own style of teaching. My favorite trainers were Yvtas (week 1) and Elise (week 2).
Yoga Poses I Learned From the Retreat
- Mountain Pose
- Downward Dog
- Seated Twist
- Kneeling Rockstar (seen in the picture above)
- Upward Dog
- Downward Dog Split
- Warrior 1, 2 and 3
- Child’s Pose (of course!)
What is Beachbody on Demand?
It’s Beachbody’s new streaming service. So if you’ve ever seen an infomercial for the 21 Day Fix, P90X, Insanity, or another at-home workout program – you can now stream all of those workouts with Beachbody on Demand. They offer a free trial for 30 days, or if you’re eyeing like 3 or 4 programs to try they have an
They offer a free trial for 30 days, or if you’re eyeing like 3 or 4 programs to try they have an All Access Pass where you can stream every Beachbody workout (over 600+) including the 3-week yoga retreat for under $10 a month.
I love the all access pass because you also get access to Beachbody’s Yoga Studio. The Yoga Studio has additional workouts from the yoga teachers in the retreat and yoga workouts from celebrity trainers like Tony Horton. They’re also adding workouts each month to it so you never get bored. Plus it’s convenient to pop on a cardio workout and finish with a 10-minute yoga routine on Beachbody on Demand versus fooling with changing our DVDs.