A short list of beginner poses, with demonstration videos included, is available at Yoga.About.com, with a more comprehensive list of poses also available. Beginners should consider health and safety risks before starting a yoga routine.
Beginning yoga practitioners should study each pose to understand how it affects the body and to learn the points of proper body alignment while performing the pose. Suggested research before beginning a yoga class includes how to prepare for class, what to bring and wear, how to prepare the body, and what to expect in class. Without proper preparedness, students can become overwhelmed and give up or become injured.
Standing poses, which are usually strenuous for beginners, are usually done at the beginning of class to build heat in the body. Balancing poses can be difficult at first, but they build the core strength necessary for more advanced poses and become easier with practice. Back bends are important for spinal health and longevity. These positions are normally uncomfortable for beginners, so introductions to back bends are typically done with mild flex and torsion. Seated stretches are typically done after warming up, and work the hips and hamstrings. The final poses are resting or supine poses, which are very mild and are usually used during periods of rest.