How to Start Yoga

Preparing for a yoga practice is essential as this will enable you to receive all the Health Benefits of the poses, breathing, and meditations. The greatest advantage of yoga is that it can be practiced almost anywhere by people of all ages.

We recommend that you wear comfortable, loose, and stretchable clothing as this will allow the freest movement of the body. To give you the most stability and a greater connection in poses, practices should be done barefoot. Practicing yoga on a relatively empty stomach or about one to two hours after a full meal is essential. Doing poses and breath work right after eating or drinking can place stress on the digestive system.

Also, Create a Yoga Space that is free of distractions and is mentally soothing.


You can practice yoga anytime, but the most ideal time to practice is first thing in the morning. The poses and breath work will revitalize the mind and body and prepare you for the day ahead. Always begin with easier poses to warm and condition your body and, then, gradually progress towards more energizing poses. Avoid any feelings of strain, discomfort, or excess fatigue. Practice with the intention of quality and control rather than quantity and struggle. Allow yourself time to relax or modify poses, if needed. All aspects of a yoga practice are equally important, so take time to enjoy the entire practice including the meditations and relaxations. The length of a yoga session is not important, but devote some amount of time for yoga every day.

Preview the video or audio practices prior to performing so that you are familiar with the poses and level of the practice. This will also allow you time to gather any props and materials that will be suggested. Always choose a practice with a level that is appropriate for your experience. If you have any previous or current health issues (i.e. heart or circulatory conditions, respiratory conditions, muscle or joint problems, pregnancy, diabetes, smoking), we strongly recommend that you consult a qualified physician prior to practicing yoga.

When performing the poses, maintain awareness on each movement and the alignment within each position. Remember, strain or fatigue should be avoided. The more mindful and respectful you are with your body, the better it will respond to the practice. Listen to the demands of the body, observe without judgment, and always find a place of joy and contentment within each pose.

In order to achieve the benefits and success of yoga exercises, dedication and perseverance to a regular, consistent practice is required. We recommend that you make yoga the starting point daily, thus allowing you to look forward to your schedule every dawn.

Your yoga practice should become habit like many of your other daily routines. If needed, write your yoga practice into your day's schedule. Practice with a friend so that you may support each other's yoga path.

Consistency and patience with your practice will yield joyful responses for your mind, body and spirit.

Kreg Weiss is a co-founder of My Yoga Online and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. Several years ago, Kreg discovered yoga while teaching health and fitness. Yoga dramatically transformed Kreg's approach to teaching health and wellness as well as changed his personal life bringing new direction in finding physical, mental, and spiritual growth.


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Elanamiller, posted on July 25, 2014

I'm just starting out, i need to get into a good habit of doing this regularly. more positive energy is greatly needed.

Nannyh4, posted on January 6, 2014

I am 66 years old and have tried yoga before, but only have gotten through the beginner stage. I am hoping I can be more serious about it, and gain all the benefits.

jenthehappygeek, posted on December 30, 2013

I'm so ready for and excited about this great opportunity!

abeertm, posted on December 11, 2013

I'm excited to incorporate some of these practices into my morning yoga practice :)

sarahboltz26, posted on November 3, 2013

Now living in Spain, and just found on this website several videos from the amazing teachers at my old yoga studio in NYC (Laughing Lotus)! So excited to get started with my new morning routine : )

ftschumann, posted on November 2, 2013

Great intro. Many thanks. Just starting out so very excited!

MicaNaguil, posted on October 22, 2013

Yes¡ :)

valdemoses, posted on October 9, 2013

Rock on!

eskeeemo, posted on October 5, 2013

Ready to start commiting more to Yoga!! Day one!

StarChild2710, posted on September 10, 2013

I am very excited to work with this dynamic network! Namaste!

bluesnow, posted on August 31, 2013

i hope it'll work out for me

libelluline, posted on August 25, 2013

This sounds great :-)

pheonix1756, posted on August 3, 2013

I am surely looking forward to this!!

Harmony21, posted on July 23, 2013

Really excited to work with this website!

bamba81, posted on July 5, 2013

i am really exciting about this! I tried yoga a couple of times and i didnt really like it but i think it was more about me not being ready for it. Now i am looking forward to it!

tank, posted on March 20, 2013

Let's get busy!!!!

Carlena, posted on March 13, 2013

I'm so excited to try this website out. I did yoga for a year before becoming pregnant and then through most of my pregnancy. Now that my daughter is here, it is difficult to drive in to the city for classes while breastfeeding. So I should be able to fit more practice in with the use of this website. Which videos do you recommend to get started again?

maxinehawker, posted on March 12, 2013

@jill.muller.37 I am about to start. How are you going?

hyperchondriac, posted on February 20, 2013

I'm so happy I have found this website. :) Can't wait to start.

Raghuvinder, posted on February 5, 2013

@AileenShawn @heather1964
Place a thick blanket on the floor and that works well.

jill.muller.37, posted on December 6, 2012

I am on day 2 of my 21 day challenge and insight from anyone would be great.

heather1964, posted on October 9, 2012

I love yoga. I have been very sick for the last month and miss it terribly. So happy that I can start practicing again!

shughes59, posted on October 1, 2012

Trying to get motivated...Hope this 21 day challenge is what I need to start new habits. I want to be younger, stronger and healthier!!

tytbody, posted on September 16, 2012

I see these questions, comments aren't answered so I will write I pray this yoga becomes a meaningful part of my life on this earth. Not just something that you want to get done, but something I can look forward to growing in and with.

jrws1, posted on July 31, 2012

I have done Yoga before but I have suffered a stroke 9 years ago so I cannot be as flexible as I would like what do you recomend.

nononannette, posted on June 19, 2012

I want to offer thanks and gratitude for your 2 year offering for a humble fee that is worth it's weight in gold! Truly a gift and blessing for me! Namaste

CelestialCeleste, posted on February 21, 2012

I don't know where to post this question and am new to the site.
I am looking for a weekend retreat in Florida.
Yoga/meditation/healthy eating and recentering.
Know of any? I just moved here.

AileenShawn, posted on January 26, 2012

I have a place for my yoga practice... only problem the floor is concrete - how do I pad without adding too much cushion to my practice?

kyliebleggi, posted on January 12, 2012

i cannot get my hamstrings to loosen and become more flexible. do you have any suggestions?

mareeblanch, posted on November 23, 2011

I am using an iPad and whenever I connect to a my yoga online video it keeps stopping?.....?

, posted on December 1, 2010

The advise here is exactly why MYO is great. Being able to follow through with my practice at my own pace in my own environment has dramatically improved my well being. In fact my confidence has been built up so that I ventured out for my first Bikram class with a friend. WHOE! I made it through WooHoo!And, yes my yoga practice is included on my TO DO list to each day : ) Thank you.

Emanuelmd, posted on November 24, 2010

Very concise and easy to follow. :) Reminds me of when I started. And I actually started with MYO :)

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