Start with the basics.
In yoga class, you will hear many terms. Online classes are similar. This post will help you become familiar with some of the terms you will hear during a guided yoga practice.
Ayurveda categorizes your physical, emotional and mental characteristics into three doshas (mind/body type.)
Everything in nature is made up of five basic elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space. Knowledge of the five elements allows the yogi to understand the laws of nature and to use yoga to attain greater health, power, knowledge, wisdom and happiness.
Vata - Air and Ether
Pitta - Fire and Water
Kapha - Earth and Water
Take an online quiz (there are many-this is just one example) to discover your dosha: https://www.everydayyoga.com/blogs/guides/how-to-determine-your-dosha
Yoga is your practice and very personal. There is no competition in yoga. If you are pregnant, injured, have a chronic condition or have any illness, your medical professional can advise the best way for you to proceed.
What is that yoga instructor talking about? You will hear various terms. You will want a yoga mat for solid footing and maybe yoga blocks to adapt a pose.
Don't eat for at least two hours before practicing asana (yoga poses.)
Start with a 15-30 minute routine if you are a beginner.
Asana (Yoga Postures)
Pranayama (Breathing Exercises)
Easy Pose - Sukhasana (sit on floor, cross legs, overlap ankles)
Warrior's Breath (in the Easy Pose - slow, deep breaths.)
The traditional number of asanas is 84. This list includes some of the poses you will use as a beginner.
Child's Pose - Balsana
Downward-Facing Dog - Adho Mauka Svanasana
Plank - Utthita Chaturanga Dandasana
Knees, chest, Chin - Ashtanga Namaskara
Yogi's Push-Up - Chaturanga Dandasana
Baby Cobra - Bhujangasana
Upward-Facing Dog - Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Mountain - Tadasana
Standing Forward Bend - Uttanasana
Low Lunge - Anjaneyasan
High Lunge - Utthita Ashwa Sanchalanasana
Crescent Moon - Anjaneyasana
Lizard Lunge - Utthan Pristhasana
Powerful - Utkatasana
Enjoy your yoga practice. More information will follow.