Chapter 1

A Recommended Beginners’ Routine for Men and Women

In This Chapter

arrow Keeping current on basic yoga principles

arrow Presenting a basic yoga routine for beginners

The yoga routine in this chapter is a tried-and-true sequence from Larry Payne’s Prime of Life Yoga and is an excellent way for a beginner to get started. Taught around the world, this routine is safe and doable and includes segments that reduce stress and increase strength, flexibility, and overall pep and vitality. To see someone do an abbreviated sequence of this beginning-level routine, go to www.dummies.com/go/yogaaiofd.

The short asana routine in this chapter takes only about 15 to 20 minutes — an optimum length for jump-starting your yoga practice. If you practice this routine three to six times per week, you’ll notice improvements in your flexibility, muscle tone and strength, and concentration. You’ll likely notice a number of other benefits as well, such as better stamina, digestion, and sleep.

When practicing the postures described in this chapter, keep these points in mind:

  • If this is your first yoga experience ...

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