We're so happy to hear that you've decided to give yoga a try! Beginning a yoga practice can seem intimidating but the truth is yoga is for everyone. To use your new membership log onto a computer, tablet, phone or TV with internet connection with the email address and password used at signup.
For comfort, you may want to use a yoga mat and other props like blocks and a blanket, which are always optional. If you don't have access to props, check out this great article that gives you some great alternatives with items you probably have around your home.
To help get you started, We've included some of our favorite beginner courses below for you.
(Re)Discover the Fun in Yoga: A Series for Beginners and Non-Beginners Alike - this 6 week program will let you explore simple and lighthearted classes that will help you worry less, sleep better, move with more ease, and have more fun. It's designed for both absolute beginners and seasoned practitioners who want to discover (or re-discover) the playful side of yoga.
Back to Basics Challenge - This 6 day challenge is designed to help you establish a consistent daily practice, connect with your body and breath, and step onto your yoga mat with confidence!
A Beginner's Guide to Yoga - Whether your's a beginning student or an advanced yogi, exploring yoga fundamentals will improve your practice. Join Nikki Estrada for this comprehensive beginner's workshop where you'll learn basic alignment in classic postures, yoga pose "do's" and "don'ts", yogic breathing techniques, and much more.
Here are a few suggested beginner classes as well:
Beginner Yoga Poses: How to get started
Body Positive Beginner Class with Amber Karnes
A Beginner Classes That's Really for Beginners
Yogic Breath Training for Absolute Beginners
Meditation for Absolute Beginners
If you're unfamiliar with the different types of yoga offered on our website, I've also included a brief description below of some of the more popular types of yoga we offer on our site:
- Hatha Yoga - refers to a sequence of postures combined with attention to the breath. This class will help create a balance of strength and flexibility within the body. Rather than flowing through postures, the class is designed to help settle the body into each posture, to find ease and steadiness within.
- Vinyasa - is commonly used to refer to a flowing (and often, but not always) “one breath per movement” style of yoga. You can expect to move a lot and through different, creative sequences during these classes.
- Ashtanga - a dynamic, physically demanding practice that synchronizes posture, conscious breath, and drishti (single-pointed focus). It consists of six series, each one following a specific and progressive sequence. Yoga International offers primary (first) and intermediate (second) series as complete led practices, along with short forms and variations on these series for differing skill levels.
- Yin Yoga - While more active “yang” styles of yoga target the muscles, yin targets and affects the connective tissues, which include our fascia, ligaments, joints, cartilage, and bones. This makes yin yoga a great complement to more vigorous practices like vinyasa. You can expect yin classes to be slow-paced with long holds—sometimes more than five minutes to enable you to explore sensation and to better get to know your body, allowing you to figure out how “deeply” to go (or not go) in each pose.
- Restorative - Restorative yoga can help you to achieve deeper states of relaxation in your body and mind. You can expect long, passive holds and to use yoga props (such as blankets, blocks, bolsters, straps, and chairs) to allow for maximum comfort.
- Yoga Therapy - Yoga Therapy classes focus on working with specific conditions or areas of the body. Through a therapeutic application of yoga, you can feel better, improve function, and feel empowered to move in ways that are appropriate for you.
Your new membership gives you full access to all of our classes, articles, meditations, challenges, and members only courses. If you haven't checked it out already, we recommend trying our Class Finder which allows you to sort classes by level, duration, teacher, style, and even by body part. We also have a filter for sorting through articles and meditations as well.
We find our members courses and challenges help us stay inspired and dedicated to out practice so we've linked some of our most popular courses and challenges below.
4 Weeks to Build Your Home Practice
A Yin/Yang Fusion Class for Spinal Mobility and Stability
What's Your Soul's Unique Purpose?
15 for 30 Challenge
7 Days of Relaxation Challenge
Yoga for Strength and Endurance Challenge