9 Things Beginners Should Know Before Starting Yoga

Alright, so you’ve probably heard of yoga—it’s an ancient practice that has been around for thousands of years after all—but you may not have tried it before. And that’s understandable, with slightly odd names for the poses (Downward-Facing Dog, Warrior and Mountain), and Insta images of skilled yogis flexed into pretzel-like contortions, it’s easy to be a bit overwhelmed. Not to mention the fact that there are lots of different types of yoga, and finding the best one for you, as well as a teacher you click with, can seem like just way too much effort.

But yoga is actually far from exclusive. It’s not about expensive gear or a state-of-the-art studio, nice as those things are; rather, it’s loved precisely because it’s a chance to forget about all that material stuff, switch off your stresses and get back to the body. If you’re a yoga beginner, that’s great. But don’t do anything until you’ve read our guide to everything you need to know about yoga but were too embarrassed to ask. We called on Pandora Paloma, a London-based yoga teacher, as well as Jessica Skye, founder of Fat Buddha Yoga, to share their expert insights too. Keep scrolling for our definitive guide to yoga for beginners.