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10 Things To Know Before Starting Yoga

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Lessons in This Class

13 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. 1. How to Properly Breath

    • 3. 2. The Different Types

    • 4. 3. Food & Drink

    • 5. 4. Yoga Apparel

    • 6. 5. What Type of Mat

    • 7. 6. What Type of Props

    • 8. 7. Modifications & Variations

    • 9. 8. Savasana

    • 10. 9. Namaste

    • 11. 10. Discover Yourself

    • 12. Final Review

    • 13. Bonus Gentle Flow

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About This Class


If you’re new to yoga and aren't sure what to expect, then this class is perfect for you! You’ll find these simple and effective techniques easy to use and apply to your practice.

In this class you’ll learn topics such as:

  • What to wear to a class
  • What type of yoga mat to buy
  • The different types of yoga
  • Yoga Sanskrit
  • (etc.)

In the class I mention the following links:

Different types of yoga class: Most Popular Types Of Yoga Explained

Perfect beginner yoga class: Simple & Basic Yoga Poses for Beginners

I hope you enjoy :)


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Yoga With Dakota

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Health, Fitness and Yoga have been a part of Dakota's life for 10+ years. Her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless. Dakota encourages her students to be creative and challenge the body. She seeks to inspire every student to feel refreshed, nourished and balanced both on and off the mat.

What is it that you continue to say you want to do or be? Do you want to be leaner, stronger and healthier? Do you want to be more present at home, more dedicated to your work or more adventurous in your life? No matter what it is, dare yourself to stop saying and start doing. It doesn’t have to be scary and you don’t have to make drastic changes—all you have to do is begin. Let's begin toget... See full profile

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1. Intro: Hi everyone, My name is Dakota and welcome to this video explaining the top 10 things everyone should know before starting a yoga practice. When you're new to yoga, you're likely to have a lot of questions like what to wear, what to bring to a class, and how to overall prepare yourself. Well not to worry, I will cover everything you should know before you start your first practice. So when you're ready, let's get started. 2. 1. How to Properly Breath: Number 1, properly breathing. The breath is what makes yoga. Yoga. Yoga means union. So uniting the breath, the body and the movement together. The breadth or pranayama, as they call it, a nova, goes hand in hand with the postures. So breathing helps you focus your mind and relax your body. It's really important not to hold your breath in yoga. 3. 2. The Different Types: Number 2, the different types of yoga. As a beginner, it can be difficult to choose the best one since there's so many types out there to choose from. To make this easier, I created a video explaining the nine most popular types, such as Hoffa than IASA and hot yoga to name a few. In the video I explained a little bit about each type, say who it's perfect for. And I also rate health physically difficult each type is. So I will link that video in the description below. 4. 3. Food & Drink: Number three, don't eat right before and drink plenty of water after. The general rule is to try not to eat a big meal at least two hours before a class. Now if you absolutely need to write before, then stacks that are easy to digest, such as apple sauce and yogurt are fine at least 45 minutes before your practice. But to avoid things like stomach aches, gurgling, and bloating during your practice, sick to eating main meals after also drinking a glass or two of water right after class is great to help you replenish your muscles and prevent dehydration. 5. 4. Yoga Apparel: Number 4, no shoes and no socks. I know this sounds weird, but yoga is practice barefoot. It's all about grounding and connecting your body to the earth. It also allows for muscles in the feet to strengthen and stretch. Being barefoot helps you achieve the pose the correct way since your feet are the foundation of all standing poses, flip-flops are what's most commonly warn into yoga studios since they're easy to slip on and off. They usually have a copy outside of class for you to put your shoes and other belongings in. It's also good to remember that it's good etiquette to remove your shoes before entering the yoga classroom, putting them into cubbies or right outside the class. And since we're on the topic of a parallel dress in something comfortable, this is extremely important. You don't need anything fancy to start out in yoga. Anything you have in your closet is just fine. Something loose fitting that will allow you to move your body easily is best. Your top, for example, should be a little bit fitted to avoid sliding down every time you bend over. And also any comfortable pants that stretch like yoga pants, leggings and shorts. 6. 5. What Type of Mat: Number 5, what type of yoga mats by believe it or not, not all yoga mats are the same. There are thick yoga mats which are meant for sitting poses to provide cushion to your joints. These mats help protect your knees, your wrist, and your ankles when holding poses for a long time. This type of Matt would be perfect for a yen yoga class or even a Pilates class when you're sitting or lying on the mat a lot. And then on the other hand, there are thin yoga mats to help practice balanced poses. These are meant to give you a strong connection to the floor. For any example, tree pose. This would be a lot harder to practice on a cushion, do the mat. Now if you're not sure which one to choose at first, sometimes studios have mat so you can borrow. And they also typically have yoga props that you can borrow as well. This brings us right into number six. 7. 6. What Type of Props: So number six, what type of props to buy? There are so many different products out there, whether it's yoga blocks, bolsters, straps, or any other prop, they all serve a purpose, especially for beginners. When you're new to yoga, you can use a prop to support your body and oppose and help it build strength, balance, and flexibility. However, prompts are only for beginners. They can assist any Yogi. For an example with relaxation in a restorative class. Prompts they're often used to support and sink deeper in the pose to relax the body. As I mentioned before, the studios may have them to borrow. But if you do yoga at home, this is when you may want to buy some for yourself. 8. 7. Modifications & Variations: Number 7, modifications in variations. Always listen to your body. You should never feel pain or pinching and yoga. If you can't do the pose, don't worry, your instructor should always provide you with modifications for adjusting the pose to be more comfortable and or variations to take the pose to the next level. Prompts can also be used to help get in and out of certain poses. If you ever feel opposes getting too intense and your body needs a break, you can always take child's pose or just sit on your mat and take a sip of water. Always remember that it's your practice. So listen to your body. 9. 8. Savasana: Number 8 is Shavasana. In the vast majority of yoga classes, Shavasana will be the last pose you do. So what is Shavasana and why is it so important? We'll usually referred to as corpse pose. You begin lying on your back and you gradually relax one body part at a time, from the crown of your head all the way down to your toes, becoming completely still on your mat. It may not sound like it, but Shavasana is an important pose because it allows your body and mind time to process what happened during the class. This is when the energy released from your practice gets restored. 10. 9. Namaste: Number nine. Number nine is a quick one, but it's also important at the end of class after Shavasana, some teachers might have you sit on your mat value head and together say maleness day. Now the phrase nama stay means I bow to you. You start by sitting on your mat cross-legged or in a comfortable seat. Placing your hands together at your heart, closing your eyes and banging your head together with the instructor. As you say, no mistake. This is usually at the end of the class to say thank you and share mutual respect for you and the teacher. 11. 10. Discover Yourself: Number 10 is explore and be open. Yoga is as much a discovery of yourself as a physical exercise. So with that being said, don't be afraid to try different types of viola, even if they are outside of your comfort zone. Different types of yoga can do different things for your mind and body. Now, as I mentioned earlier, if you're not familiar with the different types of yoga and what they can do for your mind and body. Then I will link another course in the description of this one that explains the nine most popular types. But be open and explore and have fun. 12. Final Review: So now that we've covered the ten things to know before starting yoga, remember, listen to your body and enjoy the practice. Everything else will fall into place, like goal of expectations and enjoy what the practice has to offer. All right, that's all for this course. I really hope you enjoyed the video. Please let me know if you have any questions. Noma, say. 13. Bonus Gentle Flow: We'll begin seeded wherever you find more comfortable, finding a quiet place, maybe putting some essential oil line and really just getting into your breath. Finding Your uj a breath inhaling for accounted for. Pausing at the top. Exhaling for a count of four. We'll begin by rolling the shoulders up towards the ears, down the back, down the spine away from the ears. Maybe adding a little micro. Drawing circles with your nose. Running the circles become bigger circles. And then the other way, finding what feels good for your body, right? And we'll gently inhale, coming up to a nice tall spine to move into our second pose, puppy pose. So we'll begin on all fours. And then for going into can cal, our arms are parallel. Shoulders over wrists, hips over in means will spread out all ten fingers, letting the tops of our toes touch the mat. Option to take cat and cow here. So inhaling, dropping the abdomen, extending the game's, opening up the chest. Exhaling around and bind to that howling cat shaped. Taking this pose with your breath. And if this feels good for you, keeping it right here, or another option is to take extended puppy. My dealing this will come to a neutral spine, gently walking out the hands in front of us. Stacking the hips over knees still, will drop our chest to the ground. Gazing out in front of us. Inhaling, coming back to her cat and cow. Curl the toes under, exhaling, going into downward facing dog. Walk your dog here. Now if you have a yoga block, this is the time to incorporate the yoga block. Gently placing it down on the mat, long leaves, and placing your forehead on the block. Taking seminar later. And if you have the yoga block gently placing it to the side, will gaze and between the tops of our hands. And we'll gently step to the top of our mat. Heel telling the toes to be hip-width, distance apart, will stack our hips over needs. Gently folding forward. Grabbing either elbow. Meany rocking from side to side. Shaking the head, yes. No. Relieve any neck tension and then keeping the shoulders away from the ears so lifted up. Chopping hands back down to the mat. We're going to inhale halfway lift. Hands, come to our shins extending the chest. Gaze goes forward. Exhale, inhale swan dive the arms up, overhead. Hands come to heart center. And then we'll bend at the knees gently coming all the way down to our mat, maybe scooting back a little bit to give us some room. All right. We'll bring our right foot in towards our left thigh, extending out our leg. Inhaling, extending the spine nice and tall. Exhaling, spinning the chest over towards our left leg, gently grasping her foot, gently flexing it. And if we can't get our head all the way to our knee, option to take a blanket or a block and place it on your AD. Gazing forward towards their foot. Smiling. Remembering to query, firming your right hip in a right grid down. Go ahead and go on to the opposite side, gently removing the right leg, extending it out. Bringing in our left foot. Will inhale, extend spine, nice and tall. Exhaling, spinning the chest over towards our right leg, will go ahead and grasp are flexed foot or maybe our hands can come to either side of our right leg. Whatever you find more comfortable. Coming back into our neutral spine, will flex the feet, bringing the soles of the feet together. Inhale you're saying is fine, nice and tall, rolling the shoulders. And then we'll go ahead and go into a seated forward fold. So bringing the feet out in front of you. Flexing the feet will rue into our hips, bringing the flesh, flesh onto the mat, lifting a spine nice and tall, inhaling and exhaling. We'll go ahead and graphs either feet or MAT, whatever you find or comfortable maybe using a strap. And then a mailing once more, explain the spine. Exhaling without rounding the spine more lean forward. Option to take a block and risks to head against it. Or maybe just prioritizing breathing in the chest, relaxing the neck and the shoulders. And being present in this moment. Go ahead and inhale, come up to a straight spine. Bringing the knees up to your chest or cogen together, bringing the forehead to uni. And then we'll go ahead and skip down on our mat, resting or back gently on the mat, maybe rocking from side to side to give her spine a nice massage. Will interlace our hands around our needs. Being the shoulders away from the ears. A few breaths. Gently roll over to whichever side of the mat is more comfortable. Going into child's pose. So for knees come to touch, extending the spine nice and long, inhaling. Exhaling, we'll walk our hands to the top of our mat. Resting the forehead, relaxing the forearms. Bring the hands to touch into a diamond. When you're ready. Lifting the forehead, gazing towards the top of your mouth and gently move into Shavasana, lowering down one foot and then the other. Finding your back on the ground. However you choose to get their gently letting the feet follow, then palms facing up. Maybe resting your head on a pillow or a blanket. Bringing the shoulders away from the ears. Sending the shoulder blades down and back out. A couple of options here we can spray our pillow or blanket with any kind of essential oil or missed that you find to be soothing. Or maybe bringing a small towel washcloth and spraying it with some spray. And then gently placing it on your eyes. Relaxing the mind. Or you belong. Here.