A Beginner's Guide to Yoga

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Course Overview

Whether you're 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. In this workshop, Nikki will guide you through three sequences that will help you work systematically toward six key asanas: warrior II, triangle pose, warrior I, pyramid pose, side angle pose, and wide-legged forward bend. She will also introduce posture basics for cobra, downward facing dog, and tree pose, and she'll break down common misalignments in pyramid and triangle. You will also get step-by-step instruction for half sun salutations, sun salute A, and sun salute B—as well as a yogic breathing tutorial, and savasana (final relaxation) tips. Explore what you learn on the mat. Visit these practices again and again—watch yourself improve over time, and most of all, have fun. And if you're a teacher, take what you learn into the classroom for all to enjoy.

In this workshop you will get:

  • Pose basics

  • Pose breakdowns

  • Breath training

  • Savasana prop tips

  • Relaxation "do's" and "don'ts"

  • Sun salute tutorials

  • Alignment tips

Certificate of completion

3 CEU’s Upon Completion

Self Paced Learning

Course Outline

5hrs to complete

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Section 1
  • Does yoga seem intimidating? Nikki assures you that yoga is for everyone, and that this workshop is for you. This workshop will provide a solid and accessible introduction to the major categories of asana (poses), establishing a home practice, how to address common misalignments, and more.
  • Nikki discusses why people often think they can't do yoga. She also offers a fresh perspective as to why none of those reasons should stop you from doing your practice.
  • Nikki demonstrates how to do a common pranayama (breathing) practice: ujjayi breathing, and explores its benefits in depth.
  • Nikki offers a comprehensive breakdown of a staple posture: downward facing dog. As she explores the alignment of this pose, she offers plenty of modifications so that you can make this asana work for you.
  • Let's learn about sun salutations! Join Nikki for a breakdown of half sun salutations, lunge salutations, sun salutation A, and sun salutation B.
  • Learn a gentle and soothing 30-minute floor sequence that includes a twist, a hamstring stretch, a core-strengthening exercise, and more. Along the way, she provides tips for making each pose more or less challenging.
Section 2
  • Let's learn about a classic pose: savasana (corpse pose). What is it? What does it do for you? Why should we practice it? Nikki explores all of this and more. She will also guide you into a luxurious propped version of this pose.
  • Join Nikki for a sequence that leads to an exploration of side angle pose and wide-legged forward bends.
Section 3
  • Learn three common misalignments in pyramid pose as well as how to correct them in practice.
  • Join Nikki for a sequence that leads to an exploration of warrior I and pyramid pose.
Section 4
  • Learn three common mistakes in triangle pose as well as how to correct them in practice.
  • Join Nikki for a sequence that leads to an exploration of warrior II and triangle pose.
Section 5
  • Learn how to find your balance in tree pose.
  • Learn how to practice cobra pose and which common misalignments to avoid.
  • Join Nikki for a 30-minute sequence that explores twists and backbends. This class includes a gentle, easy twist, a high lunge twist, cobra pose, and more.

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Meet Your Teacher

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Nikki Estrada
A YogaWorks Certified Teacher, Nikki is the Director of Trainer Development for YogaWorks in Northern... Read more

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely, you can include this course in your Yoga Alliance training hours, with each hour equivalent to one continuing education credit.
This course is entirely self- paced, allowing you to learn at your convenience.There are no imposed deadlines or time constraints for Course completion.
No prerequisites are required; this course is open to anyone interested in deepening their knowledge and practice.
No, the course is accessible to all individuals interested in enriching their understanding and practice of yoga.Yoga teaching certification is not a prerequisite.

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