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Whether you're embracing yoga for beginners or trying to master new handstand variations, you’ll always find new ways to challenge yourself on the mat. After all, the best part about yoga is that there’s always room for improvement. So in honor of National Yoga Month (yes, it's already September), check out the resources below. We promise you'll score an extra boost of confidence next time you're ready to strike a pose.
Yoga for Beginners: Your Ultimate Guide
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Master the Basics
Stepping into a yoga studio can be intimidating. And when the lingo involves Sanskrit words like tadasana and savasana, it can make going with the flow even more difficult. What can you expect during your first class? Get the insider info, plus other insights to start practicing with more self-assurance.
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Perfect Your Form
Can’t seem to master chaturunga? Too scared to pop into crow? You might be stronger than you think! If you’re not sure how to get started with more advanced moves, or need to fine-tune certain areas, these tips and tricks can help you take your yoga practice to the next level.
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Find Your Zen
When life gets crazy, there’s nothing like a little quality time on your mat to clear your head. Try these short and sweet flows at home (perfect for yoga for beginners) or on-the-go to help you reclaim some peace of mind.
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Try Something New
Vinyasa might be the most well-known type of yoga, but there are plenty of other styles out there. When you're ready to get beyond the basics, sweat it out in a hot yoga class, wear headphones to tune out unwanted noise or go upside down with a class designed around aerial silks. Yoga might be hundreds of years old, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach an old practice some new tricks!
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Savor the Benefits
Making time for some asanas can pay off in more ways than one. The body of research on the benefits of yoga is growing each year, and things are looking up for those that like to down dog. We’ve got just the tips for how to make the most of your practice, starting now.
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Take it from the pros — master yogis weren’t made in a day. When the going gets tough, it can be comforting to know that it wasn’t love at first downward dog for everyone. Whether you’re reading about about supermom Briohny Smyth or yogis defying size stereotypes, there’s no shortage of inspiration in the articles below.
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Flow at Home
When you can't make it to the studio, we've got your back. And your front. And every nook and cranny in between. Get centered with balance-focused poses, or crank up the cardio with some dance-yoga fusion moves. When you're solo, there's no excuse not to do you. (Oh, and if you have company over, check out the AcroYoga poses for double the fun.)
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Get the Right Gear
If you have a body, you are a yogi. Yes, it's as simple as that. But having a few key items can only enhance your practice. Start with a reliable mat, and then layer on the cute leggings and sports bras. You're going to want to check out the smart mat and souped up headphones, too.
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Try a Yoga App
Usually phones have no place in your practice. After all, you’re trying to be “mindful” and stay in the moment, right? But new innovations — like instructional yoga and meditation apps — could help guide your yoga skills to a whole new place.
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Originally published September 2015. Updated September 2017.