Start Your Yoga Practice with 3 Building Blocks

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | January 19th, 2010 | 15 Comments
topic: Yoga

The first exposure to yoga is crucial. Most of us identify and define subjects so quickly — we build an entire framework for our understanding of a subject sometimes within our first couple of encounters.

Constantly observing, playing, evaluating and contemplating the building blocks of yoga forms a foundation for your exploration of yoga. These are three of the most important things to be aware of and practice when starting yoga, and they lead one into the other:

  1. Read, ask and learn about what’s behind the poses. Learning about yoga philosophy paves the way for ideal alignment in the poses and deepens benefits you’ll reap from practicing yoga.
  2. Strive for ideal alignment when learning and practicing yoga poses. The sacred geometry within the poses leads to maximum mind-body benefit and ease of breath.
  3. Just breathe. Ease of breath is the doorstep to meditation, which brings steadiness of mind.

Steering a student in the beginning of this inquiry is paramount. Experienced teachers who comprehend the enormity of the subject of yoga can plant seeds of technique, philosophy, questions and ideas that will carry the student to a lifelong dialog with the mind, body, breath and spirit.

Colleen and I teach some of these essential building blocks in our new program called Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Beginners. Please enjoy and learn from the Sun Salutations how-to clip above, taken from this new DVD. It’s a taste of the guidance we can share to help build a strong foundation for your home yoga practice.

Welcome to the yoga journey.



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  1. [...] Im doing yoga (Rodney Yee. I love me some Yee) & being present while I do [...]

    MizFit | June 16th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  2. I have been using an old Rodney Yee video called “Back Care Yoga for Beginners” with my students for years. It is perfect pace and time and several of the poses are done with a chair which is great for school. Anyway, the video plum wore out and I cannot find a DVD and/or video of it anywhere. Any suggstions? I’m desperate! Thanks a million, susan

    Susan Skinner | August 10th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  3. I’m brand new to Yoga. I’ve been using my Robert Yee for Beginners DVD for about 2 weeks. I’ve got low back issues so am very careful not to go to the point of stress or strain. I always feel energized and rejuvenated after my session and can’t imagine going a day without at least some poses.

    I visited my chiropractor today and she found muscle spasms in my lower back and branching up toward my shoulders. She’s been my DC for over a year and is pretty familiar with my back and muscle issues, I’m definitely at type A personality! She thinks that my problems are from repetition actions that are causing a strain, thus the spasms and inflammation. I work in a health food store so I’m constantly stocking shelves, moving stock, etc etc. so it could be a multitude of things causing my problem.

    I’m looking for advice… my yoga helping or hurting ???

    thank you and any advice is appreciated!

    Barb | September 16th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  4. Doing yoga for exercising and relieving pain feeling even without a therapy from your chiropractor may get a better healthy lifestyle.

    gresham chiropractor | December 14th, 2009 | Comment Permalink
  5. Rodney Yee is one of my favorite teachers. I love watching him practice on videos and etc. Hopefully- one day I will be able to take a class in person with him.

    Singing Bowls | January 16th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  6. When I started doing yoga again (after a 25 year hiatus) I had severe back spasms, but with breathing, reflexology, and remembering the 25 years that had gone by i.e. being gentler with myself…the spasms worked themselves out and I’ve gotten progressively stronger and more flexible ever since. I’ve faced several other more severe health crisis since then and yoga has helped me deal with all of them!

    C Roberts | January 27th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  7. Susan Skinner – have you checked I just browsed the back care titles a few days ago and think the one you’re looking for is available there.

    Adult Formula Shampoo | January 27th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  8. Hello Barb!
    Yoga is very helpfull for releiving back pain and realigning muscles. But remember when you do the poses to stop when it hurts. Yoga is not supposed to hurt. I mean stop the movement and do it no deeper than you can. In that position, utilise all the teachings you received… Breath deeply without forcing too much, in the area that is week or painful. Breath out and do this again. Align your body as well ass you can. Use your abdominals always because they will support your back etc. Also, another piece of advice for back sufferers: if you havn’t had a real live teacher yet, please go out there and find a good one. DVD or videos are support to your practice. Have a good practice! You are able to heal yourself! I have fibromyalgia and getting better. I had all aches possible and yoga helped me VERY MUCH with my back, my muscles and more!!! MC from Canada!

    M-Christine | February 2nd, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  9. Wow, this is Great – Rodney Yee has been one of my PERSONAL FAVORITE yoga instructors ever since i found out about him. Thanks for sharing this, i haven’t seen this one yet!

  10. Yoga is a great wellness practice, especially for those with aches and pains, as it’s so low-impact. I’ve used some of Rodney’s DVDs, and really enjoy them, so they’re highly recommended! Just always want to make sure you’re using the correct form as best you can, so you avoid causing yourself unnecessary aches!

    Becky | July 25th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  11. Rodney Yee is a great yoga instructor

    Gary | July 27th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  12. Yoga Is very intriguing to me, mostly because it seems so serene, but at the same time it can be the hardest thing you have ever done physically and mentally.

    Tulsa Chiropractor | July 27th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  13. Hi, I was digging around the internet and found your site. This is very interesting. I am 45 and have scoliosis, a mild case. I know that many people get help from practicing yoga, in fact I know a chef practices it.

    Would yoga help my back problems? Would it have any effects on my scoliosis, meaning would heal it?

    I do exercises and stretches on a physio ball every day as prescribed by my chiropractor of 20+ years. They help me tremendously, should I also do yoga?

    Anonymous | November 6th, 2010 | Comment Permalink
  14. Hi. Glad I found your site. I’ll add your tips to my yoga routine & will be able to inform others. Thanks

    Pittsburgh Chiropractor | February 10th, 2011 | Comment Permalink
  15. I have only been doing for the past year and I have already seen so much improvement for my health. When I was in an accident, I sought out chiropractic care. Yoga plus weekly visits to the chiropractor brought me back to form and has helped me sustain my health.

    Ethan Johnson | March 29th, 2011 | Comment Permalink

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