Essential Yoga Poses for Beginners: Did the poses taught in your first yoga class pass in one ear and out the other in a blur of confusion as you tried to register what the teacher was saying and, at the same time, create some semblance of those crazy shapes with your own body? Well, relax. It happens to everybody. Use this guide to help you get a grip on what you just learned.These ten foundation postures will be among the very first things you learn as a new beginner and will stay with you for as long as you stay with yoga. The alignment tips below come from years of observing the troublesome areas of each pose. Study them well to get a leg up on this yoga thing.