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30-Day Quick Start Yoga Guide for Beginners - Your First Day

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Updated May 19, 2012

Starting a new yoga practice can be tough, so use this 30-Day Quick Start Guide to make sure you get off on the right foot to continue your regime for 30 days- and beyond.

Preparation

Step 1: Get Geared Up- Yoga doesn't require too much equipment, but there are a few things you'll want to gather ahead of time. First and foremost is a yoga mat. Beginners practicing at home can also benefit from having a block, a strap, and a blanket handy.

Step 2: Get to Know Your Daily Stretches- This daily stretch routine will be the backbone of your home practice. This sequence can be done in 10-15 minutes and is designed to wake up the spine, relieve minor back pain, and stretch the hamstrings. Doing these stretches in the morning is a great way to get your day going. You'll do this routine each day for the next thirty days to maintain the continuity of your practice between longer routines done three times a week.

Step 3: Sun Salutations- Sun salutations will form the basis of your thrice weekly longer yoga routines. It may look confusing at first, but it will soon be second nature.

Day One

1. Warm up with your daily stretch routine, completing steps 1-6 of the sequence.

2. Add on 3 sun salutations.

3. Spend a few minutes relaxing in corpse pose.

Quick Tip: Read How to Start Doing Yoga and sign up for the Yoga for Beginners free email newsletter for more info for yoga newbies.

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