A Helpful Guide to Yoga for Beginners
Yoga is for everyone! If you’re looking to dive into the practice, here’s everything you need (and don’t need!) to get started. We’ll also be discussing what yoga is and the many benefits of regular practice. Whether you’re a complete yoga beginner or an achieved yoga star, you will learn something new. If learning yoga is your forte, you may even consider packing your bags and exploring our yoga for beginners (and anyone, really) classes at our isle health retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand. Either way, we’re here to help!
What is Yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice that incorporates mental, spiritual, and physical exercises. What we know in the modern world as ‘yoga’ is simply movement and only makes up one of the ‘8 limbs of yoga’.
The Eight Limbs of Yoga:
- Yama – abstinence
- Niyama – observance
- Asana – yoga postures
- Pranayama – breath control
- Pratyahara – withdrawal of senses
- Dharana – concentration
- Dhyana – meditation
- Samadhi – absorption/the divine
Which Styles of Yoga are Best for Beginners?
Each style of yoga comes with its own benefits and is suited to different levels of experience.
Generally, hatha yoga classes are one of the best options for beginners. Classes work through the primary yoga poses – seated, standing, and balancing – in a way that focuses on strength over speed. This means that you’ll have time to correct each pose and ensure you’re practicing it safely. Hatha yoga is a great way to learn the pose names before moving into faster-paced styles of yoga, such as vinyasa and power – if you choose to!
Restorative yoga and yin yoga classes are also great for beginners as they are floor-based and slow-paced.
Restorative yoga is ideal for those turning to yoga to improve conditions such as anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and stress. Poses are held for anywhere between 5-20 minutes, and the body is entirely supported with props – the idea is to feel soft as opposed to stretching.
Yin yoga is great for those looking to improve their flexibility and an excellent way to relieve stress and tension. Poses are held for 2-3 minutes – sometimes up to 15! – focusing on lengthening the muscles and deepening the pose with each breath.
What are the Benefits of Yoga for Beginners?
Here are some benefits you can gain from a regular yoga practice:
- Improved sleep
- Increase in flexibility
- Inner peace and self-care
- Increase in strength
- A strong connection with and understanding of your body
- Improved energy and vitality
- Cardio health and improved respiration
- A balance in metabolism
- Weight loss – mostly when practicing faster-paced styles of yoga
Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert, the benefits of yoga are open for everyone.
What do you Need to Start Yoga?
The great news is that all you need to practice yoga is yourself! Local studios will have yoga mats you can borrow and use during class. However, investing in your own mat is one of the best ways to feel excited and motivated about your new yoga practice.
Studios will also have all the props you need during your practice. If you prefer to use your own props or will be practicing at home, you might get yourself two yoga blocks and a yoga strap. You don’t need quality yoga clothes to practice yoga – anything comfortable with lots of give will work. If you prefer to wear ‘yoga clothes,’ you’ll need leggings, a sports bra, and a vest/t-shirt.
Yoga for Beginners in Koh Samui, Thailand
Are you a beginner at yoga? Not for long! Come explore the basics of yoga at our island retreat in Koh Samui, Thailand. Yoga for beginners has never been easier. Our health resort offers basic classes in various forms of yoga- such as yin or hatha yoga. Regardless of your skill level, there’s always another level of depth to achieve. Our instructors are highly qualified, personal, and ready to help you explore the “big beautiful world” yoga has to offer.
Take your first step today and discover our different health resort packages here.