Yoga for Beginners: 12 Fool-Proof Strategies to Get Started

Anyone can do yoga. Follow this expert advice to maximize your poses without getting hurt (14 Photos)

Mary Bolster on Jun 13, 2012 at 11:23AM

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a Mary Bolster on Jun 13, 2012 at 11:29AM

Many beginner classes are designed for different types of people -- everything from chair yoga for seniors to beginner flow for the young and fit as well as plus-size practitioners. Find a class that fits your needs, suggests Rizopoulos, and steer clear of classes that are competitive, aggressive or hurried. “You should feel great after the class. Not sore or exhausted,” she says. Yoga is taught nearly everywhere these days so don’t limit your search to yoga studios. Check your local gym, YMCA or community center and don’t be afraid to ask a potential teacher about his or her experience. That includes investigating certifications, years of teaching and expertise with beginners.

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