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Beginner Tips Every Wannabe Yogi Should Know

By , Melissa Rudy, Health & Fitness Journalist
Considering stretching out of your comfort zone and trying a yoga class for the first time? This ancient practice has the power to strengthen your body, melt away stress and invigorate your spirit.

One of the best things about yoga is that people of all fitness levels can participate--whether you're a seasoned athlete who needs to enhance your flexibility or you've never exercised a day in your life, there's a place on the mat for you.

That said, a little knowledge goes a long way toward a successful session. Before you strike a pose, check out our cheat sheet. Learn it, print the graphic and pass it on to anyone else who's ready to break onto the yoga scene.

Print this graphic to have a quick reference on hand before your first yoga class.

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SISTERPRETTY 6/7/2020
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SPINECCO 6/7/2020
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RAPUNZEL53 6/7/2020
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RCLYKE 6/7/2020
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CKOUDSI617 6/7/2020
Thank you! This is a great printable graphic with lots of useful information! I would like to get back into yoga...this has reinforced my inspiration! Report
CECELW 6/7/2020
i haven't done yoga in years Report
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I lov e the pictures--helpful! Report
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Good stuff. Printable ? Report
PATRICIAANN46 1/28/2020
Thank You...…………. Report
LIDDY09 10/7/2019
Thank You Report
ATHOMPSON606 10/6/2019
Agree with @BIKERCHICK14 Why are women supposed to wear "form fitting" tops so their form can be checked, but men "loose" t-shirts or tanks????? Report
TOMATOCAFEGAL 9/10/2019
Great yoga info. But we have classes in our church 3times a week. Never do we discuss religion, just breathing and motion! Report
BIKERCHICK14 9/2/2019
good tips, except for the sexism in dress tips. There is no reason to limit shorts to one gender as long as excessive exposure is prevented. And gravity works the same for men as it does for women - wear a form fitting shirt if you don't want it in your face - or wear a loose shirt but tuck it in. Report
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What do you use to sanitize your mat and props? Report
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maybe I can do better if I try it again. thanks. Report
I do chair yoga. I like it a lot. Report
RAPUNZEL53
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KHALIA2
I have Never tried yoga. Maybe I will give it a try after reading this article. Report
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I tried yoga and found out that I wasn't good at right and left while upside down Report
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