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Saturday, 17 March 2018
Yoga Inspiration for Beginners
As beautiful as yoga is, it can be a little intimidating when you’re getting started. I’m here to provide a little yoga inspiration for beginners to help you stay motivated in your practice!
So hey y’all! For those of you that are new to Avocadu, my name is Lauren. I own this website with my boyfriend, Alex. He is a certified personal trainer and nutrition specialist, and I’m the health nut turned yogi!
At the time that I am updating this post, I am only 2 months into my journey with yoga! So I’m still a young, baby yogi I began my journey with yoga in late February 2016, and I really started getting serious about it in early March.
I created this post in part to show beginners that even the intimidating poses are not as hard as they look, and I hope to encourage all of you to put yourself out there and try them!
Yoga gives its practitioners strength, balance, falls, recoveries, flexibility, focus, friendship, and many other benefits you may not have realized…
Most people will never truly understand the capabilities of their own body. The body can do amazing things with the right mindset and practice. These photos are meant to inspire you to see what can be done with your own body.
One last note before we begin… I am very naturally INflexible. I follow many other beginner yogis, and I have realized that I have to work a little harder than most to increase the flexibility in my hamstrings, back, and hips.
Just keep that in mind as you look at my photos and progress. You can accomplish anything with a dedicated practice!
Yoga Inspiration for Beginners
Wild Thing Pose
This pose is great for beginners because it’s easy to do and gives your body a great stretch in the back and obliques.
One thing Alex noted when he started taking photos of me in this pose was that my body looked visibly tight and tense in the beginning. He told me to let go of the negative thoughts and the “I can’t’s” and let the movements just flow. Sometimes I forget the other half of yoga, which is to relax and let go!
Yoga is fun and just like life, should never be taken too seriously. Just go with the flow!
This pose is very calming, and it’s actually a bit harder than it looks. You don’t’ realize how difficult it is to keep the body straight and balanced until you take a photo and see what it looks like.
I like this simple pose though because it teaches me how to improve my balance. Yoga can teach you better balance and how to be more graceful. I can attest to that personally because my dad called me “Grace” growing up because of how UNgraceful I was!
Low Crescent Lunge
This is my personal favorite pose for increasing flexibility. It is one of the best stretches to open up your hips, especially if you’d like to be able to do the splits. If you tilt your arms and chest backwards, it also is a great stretch for the lower back! I practice this one every single day.
This is a great yoga pose for beginners, and it’s also a really great ab workout. The hardest part about this pose was getting my knee up that high. People make yoga look SO easy sometimes, and then you go to try what you think is the simplest pose…
Yoga can be so incredibly humbling in that way. It immediately highlights your limitations, but it’s also so possible to break through those limitations with dedication and practice!
I used to think that yoga was just a bunch of light stretching and heavy breathing, but then I went upside down! I used to do gymnastics a little bit when I was younger, and it transported me right back. It’s so FUN!
I started out against the wall, and then quickly moved to the middle of the floor. I tried and tried for a week straight until I could finally balance my legs straight up without falling.
One of the most amazing things about yoga is the amount of control you gain over your body. This pose starts with throwing your legs up and hoping you don’t fall, but over time you learn how to control your movements and balance. It’s truly awesome!
This is my very first progress photo! There is about 2 months between these photos (March 2016 – May 2016). Up until this point, I had been a little scared of posting a progress photo.
It can be so incredibly frustrating when you practice and work on your flexibility for over an hour every day, and you don’t see the results that you had hoped for. Oftentimes you just want to “get there,” and you don’t appreciate the journey along the way.
I decided to post this, and I got incredible feedback from my followers and strangers alike. It gave me the encouragement I needed to continue to share my progress and inspire others.
A yoga strap is an invaluable tool when you’re working on your flexibility. They’re really cheap on Amazon, so check this one out if you’re interested.
Upward Facing Dog
Yoga can inspire some serious creativity! I know this because I have personally never thought of myself as a creative person. My brothers can draw extremely well, a talent they got from my mother, but I struggle with stick figures…
That being said, yoga has totally inspired me to challenge my body and try to take awesome photos out in nature. Alex took this photo in Seabrook, WA when we were vacationing with family. We just thought we were going to take beach photos until we saw the the reflection that turned up in the pictures.
We had so much fun with it this day!
This is a pose that I struggled with for 2 or 3 weeks until I barely managed to hold it for long enough to snap a quick photo. Arm strength is something that I have always struggled with. I have a naturally thin body, and I have to work very hard to put muscle on.
This pose seemed impossible when I first started it. Some people say “this isn’t a beginner’s pose!” I disagree. I managed it in about 2-3 weeks after practicing, and I learned a lot about strength and balance along the way.
I encourage everyone to try it! Now I’m working on building the strength and balance to straighten my arms more. Yoga can help you build incredible strength in your body (in a totally different way than “bulking up” or weight lifting can).
Yoga will teach you about vulnerability and opening yourself up. This is one of the poses that I struggle with, simply because it feels a little awkward on my body. I get tired very easily when practicing this pose.
This is another that some say isn’t a “beginner” pose. Again, I disagree. You can try using a wall for support, or just see how it feels when you push up from the ground. It may not look pretty until you become more flexible, but it’s still very good for your body!
I’ve heard that it’s the poses that you struggle with the most that you should spend the most time on. It really helps you overcome your fears and limitations and give you the confidence to push past anything.
Disclaimer: As awesome as this photo looks (or at least I think so – I was pretty proud!), I’ll let you in on a little secret: I only held it for 2 seconds (long enough for Alex to snap a photo) before toppling over in the sand!
I say this to encourage all of you to try it! At 2 months into my journey, I can only hold my handstand for a few seconds. It’s another pose that I work on every day because I have so much fun trying!
Yoga can teach you how to focus in a new and incredible way. I used to “throw myself up” in this pose and try to balance. But one day, someone on Instagram inspired me to try it a little slower and to truly focus and concentrate on what I was trying to accomplish. It instantly improved my handstands, and now I don’t enter any pose without serious concentration.
That’s one of the beautiful and surprising things I have learned from yoga. Not only does taking photos help me to see my progress, but it also helps me inspire myself!
If you’re interested in starting yoga or you’re a beginner looking for a little guidance, my yoga quite is here
I have compiled my favorite tips and tricks that I have learned along the way so far and that have helped me improve my practice!
It also includes 10 beginner poses that I felt were most important to stretching and working out every part of your body to help you get flexible as fast as possible