5 Poses for Yoga Newbies

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The first moves you should masterIf you’re a yoga newbie, a first class—with its unfamiliar language and bendy people—can be overwhelming.

“It can feel like a club you’re not a member of,” says Chrissy Carter, a renowned teacher at New York’s YogaWorks studio who just released Beginning Yoga, a DVD that teaches basic yoga poses, terms (in English and Sanskrit), breathing, and alignment through three 20-minute practices.

The best way to take some of the fear out of your first class or two, she says, is to show up with a toolkit you can use—whether you’re rolling out a mat at a Manhattan yoga studio or in your living room.

Carter’s created that kit in the form of five need-to-know yoga poses. Memorize these, and you’ll be Oming in tune with the rest of the class in no time.Next