Beginners Guide to Yoga at The Yoga Barn 

  • New to yoga?
  • Unsure what to expect?
  • Did you take one look at our daily schedule and panic?

It’s ok. We’re here for you…

The fact that you are here, on this page, reading about starting your yoga journey, means that you are exactly where you need to be. This is a path that you will never regret setting foot on.

Which classes are best for yoga beginners?

Lots of our guests come to The Yoga Barn for their first ever yoga class and we want to help make this as safe, educational and beneficial as possible. With the growing popularity of yoga, the flexible bodies parading Instagram and a growing range of yoga brands and styles, knowing where to start your own yoga practice can be overwhelming. At The Yoga Barn we offer a range of classes to suit every body and everybody, as well as a great space to start experimenting with different styles of yoga so that you can find the one that resonates with you and your body the most.

To help you plan your introduction to yoga schedule, here are our class tips for yoga beginners.

OPTION 1: Get to know the yoga basics, and your body

Start by building a solid foundation in yoga asana (poses) and pranayama (breath) and attend:

  • Beginners Yoga class, where you’ll start integrating basic breathing and correct alignment techniques through a slow flow, to ensure safe and mindful practice.
  • Intro to Yoga class, where the practice of yoga is discussed to help you get your head around what yoga is and why we do it.

Once you’ve got to grips with the fundamentals of yoga asana and feel confident you know “downward facing dog” is, we have two great morning classes for you:

  • Morning Flow, (every day at 7am) an “all levels” yoga classes that will help open up your body and loosen your fascia after a deep sleep. It provides a mix of yoga, pranayama and meditation so it’s a great start to your day.
  • Vinyasa Slow, (every day at 8am) is flow class where asana is linked with breath movement, but unlike our Vinyasa Classes at 10am and 4pm, the “slow” element gives you time to settle into each pose and start to feel the shapes your body is making.

Later in the day, you can also try:

  • Gentle Yoga, a one-hour class that moves slowly and mindfully with the breath. It is gentle, but moving slowly means moving deeply so you still get all the benefits.
  • Hatha, a traditional style of yoga that integrates and honours the classical Yogic path with practices of: asana/poses, pranayama, chanting and meditation.

If you are visiting us at the weekend, we have two classes that are great for beginners:

  • Alignment Flow, a workshop style class where you’ll re-visit fundamental yoga asana to ensure you are practising safely. This class has one-on-one direction, personalised modifications and uses props to help you.
  • Pranayama, teaching breathing techniques and methods of classical yogic breath work.

OPTION 2: Inviting in your softer, yin energy

  • Restorative Yoga, a floor-based class where you’ll be completely supported with bolsters, blankets, belts and blocks, this is your chance to surrender and calm the central nervous system to active your sympathetic nervous system. These classes are scheduled into the evening at 7pm to cultivate the transition from the yang (active) part of the day to the yin (resting) aspect of the day, so they are great before an early night.
  • Yin Yoga, a floor-based yoga, much like restorative, but it is slightly more active. You hold a posture for 3+ minutes to work deep into your connective tissue. It is a very mindful practice where you learn how to gain control over your “monkey mind” and is great for releasing stagnate energy and tensions from the body, helping you let go of things that no longer serve you. We all need more yin in our lives!

OPTION 3: Other classes to try whilst you are here

  • Qi Gong, an Oriental movement mediation class for cultivating internal energy. The movements are simple and easy to learn.
  • Kundalini, a more traditional experience of yoga with breathing techniques called Kriyas, aimed at raising the kundalini energy through warming up the spine. The practice includes guided mantra chanting, meditation and is designed to open your heart, clear your mind clear and center your body.
  • Acro Yoga, a fun, experiential and joyful style of yoga that combines basic acrobatic partner flows, therapeutic flying and the sacred dance of Thai Yoga Massage.
  • Thai Yoga Massage, a guided massage class that teaches the basic principles of Thai Yoga Massage through connection with others. You will give and receive massage in this class.
  • Yoga with Weights, a dynamic hour-long flow class using weights with intervals of isometric weight bearing exercises to help build your muscle tone and strength.

What will you need for class?

Yourself!

Appropriate yoga clothes:

  • Shorts / Leggings and t-shit or singlet (men)
  • Leggings and yoga bra / top (women)

We provide all the yoga props you will need

  • Mat, strap, block, bolster, blanket, pillow. The teacher will let you know what props you need for a class, but we recommend taking all to your matt. Props do not equal “I’m bad at yoga’ – they simply help and support your body.

Read our class information here

What should you do when you arrive?

Please arrive 30 minutes before your class to check-in and secure your spot.

Set yourself up

  • Pick a mat, get yourself 2 blocks and a bolster (all in the cupboard)

Arrive in the class

  • Turn off your phone
  • Put away your bags at the side of the room

Relax and tune in to your body

  • Use the time before the class to switch off from the external world and start going inward. You can:
  • Sit in meditation (supporting yourself on a block or bolster so your hips are above your knees)
  • Lie in savasana 

And finally:

Yoga is for every body. We are all unique beings built and structured in different ways. Try not to look around the room and judge yourself if a pose is not accessible for you in that moment.

Just because the person in front of you can forward fold so their head touches their thighs, doesn't mean you should be too. We don't know anyone else’s story but our own. The person to your left might be a gymnast, and the one to your right a body builder!

If you need a rest and want to lie or sit still for a moment half way through the class, do it. Your teacher is your guide, but you know your body better than anyone else. Please listen to it and respect it.

Yoga is for you. It’s for you to get to know your body and work with where you are in this moment. This wonderful practice teaches us non-judgement. To ourselves and to others.

Most importantly, enjoy this re-connection to your Self