NEWBIE TO YOGI [Month 1]
Welcome to Month 1 of your Newbie to Yogi Program and in general just a big warm welcome to yoga! Be prepared to feel lighter and more at ease (mentally and physically) after completing this month. ✨
I created this work-out plan to help you weave through the dozens of classes on the YFL and picked out all the classes that I think will suit you best to get you started on your yoga journey.
Before we dive into the work-out plan, here are some general tips
what will I need?
You will need a yoga mat, at least 1-2 blocks and a strap.
If you are just starting out with your practice, I wouldn’t invest in a high quality (read also more expensive) mat, unless you know that you’ll do loads of yoga in the future. Here’s a relatively cheap yoga mat, that is eco-friendly: https://amzn.to/2T7bbvb
If you don’t have a block, you can get creative and use a shoe box, or a pile of books instead. If you use a shoe box make sure to fill it with things so that it doesn’t collapse ;) Another alternative is to buy a yoga block online. I prefer cork blocks because they are more environmentally friendly, such as these ones: https://amzn.to/2NER95q Or you can go for foam blocks which will be cheaper than the cork blocks: https://amzn.to/2GRDojh
When it comes to a strap you can either buy one (such as these ones: https://amzn.to/2Er5P3X) or use a belt, scarf or towel instead.
how often should I practice?
As you’ll see from the work-out schedule, I recommend practicing 2-3 times a week, but not all of these have to be full-length classes. Even a 20-30min class counts. I recommend three classes a week because I find that’s the right amount to start seeing progress fairly quickly, while still allowing enough time in between classes for your body to recover.
I have an injury, can I still do yoga?
If you have a recent injury (less than 6 months ago and not yet fully healed) please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will help you figure out which poses to avoid and which ones are okay.
Should stretching hurt?
No, definitely not! When we stretch in yoga, you want to feel a pleasant and mild stretch. If it feels painful or it feels like you are trying to stretch a tight rubber band, back out of the pose a little bit. It simply means you are going too deep into the pose and your body is not ready for it yet. You want to follow the cues of your body. So go slowly!
If you have any more questions, feel free to send me an email at email@example.com
Now onto the juicy stuff! Below are the classes that you’ll be following this month. I have added a link to them in your work-out plan, so all you have to do is click on the class (in the pdf) and it’ll take you straight to the class.
You’ll notice that I suggest a few of these classes multiple times throughout the month, and that is because I believe there is power in repetition. Going through these same classes a few times, will help you get more familiar with the poses. And hearing the cues for the poses multiple times will also help you find better alignment over time.