Thoughtful instruction and mindful execution of beginner postures builds the strong foundation for a yoga practice that benefits mind, body, and spirit. No set of alignment cues works for everyone—there are as many triangle poses as there are people practicing the posture. That said, there are a few helpful hints to keep you safe during your yoga practice, including a steady even breath, and an appropriate level of sensation that never veers into pain. Below you’ll find some asanas (poses or postures) you’re most likely to encounter in a beginner yoga class. As you practice them, you will build strength in the body as well as courage and joy in the heart.