A Beginner Strength-Building Practice

Beginner I
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In this class, Helen helps get your blood flowing with some sun salutations, warrior I, and warrior II. She closes with a nice long reclined pose. You will see that this class is the combination of a few of Helen's shorter classes from her Absolute Beginner Series including: Salute the Sun, Warrior II, Warrior I and Finding Your Savasana.


  • Block
  • Bolster
  • Blankets


  • Strength
  • Spine
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Legs and Feet


  • Gentle Yoga
  • Hatha Yoga
  • Plus Size Yoga

It is a cold and raining day today so I thought I would get back to basics with Helen. When I go back to beginner 1, I learn more great tips. I loved the introduction to different styles of shavasana. I will use these. Thanks Helen. I have saved this in my private DYWM collection.

January 8, 2022

Loved the pace of the class and the tips to help find comfort in the poses. Thanks!

May 6, 2021

Wow! Thank you, Helen! This was the first time I've done a body-inclusive practice and it was so refreshing! I've never heard a yoga instructor tell me to just pick up my belly if it's in the way and shift it! XD I've been practicing yoga off-and-on for the last five years or so, but have only been taking my practice seriously this past year. I've also put on 50-70 lbs since I started doing yoga. I'm finding several poses that I used to be able to do a lot more difficult with extra body in the way. I would love to see some suggestions for a narrow-legged child's pose (is my butt somehow supposed to stay on my heels even with the extra rounding needed to get over my belly/thighs and touch my forehead down?) and cow face pose (I used to be able to get my knees to align, but now it seems I have too much thigh for that to be physically doable). Neither of these poses hurt, as if I'm going too deep, I just don't seem to have the space. Would LOVE to see more of your videos! Also, you have the coolest personality! So light and easy-breezy! Like one of the other instructors on here said (David maybe?), this was a lovely balance of ease and effort. The divine light in me sees and honours the divine light in you, Helen. Namaste.

Comment Replies

Fiji McAlpine
May 9, 2021

I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this practice!!! Learning to shift and adjust our practice as our body shifts and adjust is key in longevity of our dedication. I had to learn this after two pregnancies close together, talk about accomodating for the belly! I used open knees in childs pose and always offer this as an option to all my students. In cow face pose, you can prop the sit bones up on blocks with should help create more space. I hope this helps!