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Sometimes fear of the unknown can keep us from taking that all-important first step onto the yoga mat. Whether you’re new to the practice, are returning to it after an absence, or are simply looking to share your passion for yoga with a loved one, these three yoga videos for beginners are a great place to start.
Being a beginner is a beautiful thing. It connotes openness, excitement, eagerness, possibility, and a lack of preconceptions. Even seasoned yoga practitioners can benefit from a dose of beginner’s mindset! As Shunryu Suzuki has said, “In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s, there are few.”
But even with this powerful mindset, practicing in a studio or gym can feel intimidating—especially for the uninitiated. Luckily, you don’t have to leave home to jumpstart your practice. These yoga videos for beginners have received the stamp of approval from YJ’s practice editor, and can support your practice at any stage!
See also: A Beginner’s Guide to Yoga
A prop-free foundational practice
No yoga props? No problem! Build strength and flexibility with this half-hour session created by Yoga With Kassandra.
“If you’re new to yoga, remember that the most important thing is to stay focused on your breath,” she says. “Don’t worry if you don’t get all the poses correctly or if you need to take a break. Be patient with yourself, do what you can and remember to relax. This is a wonderful class to alleviate stress and anxiety.”
See also: A Beginner’s Guide to Pranayama
Explore beginner’s poses with the yoga wheel
Jessyca Heinen leads this 16-minute, beginner-friendly practice that utilizes a yoga wheel. You can use this prop to help you find proper alignment and to progressively develop your practice, strength, flexibility, and confidence.
A refreshing practice
If you’re looking for a longer session, try this 50-minute practice with veteran teacher Wai Lana. Stretch your hamstrings, engage your core, and find deep relaxation—all from the comfort of home. Plus, the beachy views add a sense of calm and deeper focus.