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 11:27AM

It sounds so obvious, but it’s one of the most common mistake newbies make. “They think, ‘I’m an athlete’ or ‘I was a dancer’ and sign up for an all-levels class, mistakenly believing a beginner’s class is boring,” notes Rizopoulos. But beginner classes are anything but boring, she says. They are essential for learning the basic mechanics of postures, alignment and how to link your breath with the poses at the right pace to cultivate mindfulness and being present in everything from downward facing dog to corpse pose. With a solid foundation, you’ll be less likely to injure yourself as you progress to more complicated poses or a faster pace. Holding poses and moving through them slowly is plenty demanding, says Rizopoulos.

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