Looking for seated yoga postures to add to your practice? This list includes all the seated poses we have featured on About.com's yoga site, arranged in order from basic to advanced. Clicking the links will take you to full instructions for each pose. If you have trouble standing for long periods, check out our chair poses.
Easy Pose - Sukhasana
This is one way to do easy pose, but as the name suggests, this pose is intended to be a comfortable seat, so if this configuration doesn't work for you, take any cross-legged position. Sitting on a blanket to elevate the hips is also encouraged here.
Thunderbolt Pose - Vajrasana
Vajrasana is a basic kneeling position with the seat resting on your feet.
Staff Pose - Dandasana
Seated Forward Bend - Paschimottanasana
There are several approaches to coming into paschimottanasana, but my preference is to try to keep the back flat and as you tip the pelvis forward.
Seated Wide Legged Straddle - Upavistha Konasana
When setting up for upavistha konasana, you don't have to go for a super wide angle with the legs. Feeling some stretch in the inner thigh is common, but you don't need to go for a full split.
Cobbler's Pose - Baddha Konasana
Cobbler's pose can be taken into a forward bend if your groins allow it. Light pressure with your forearms on your legs can intensify the stretch.
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose - Ardha Matsyendrasana
Cow Face Pose - Gomukhasana
Cow face pose gets into parts of the shoulders and upper arms that are rarely used by many of us. Don't be surprised to discover that it's much easier to bind the hands on one side than the other. This kind of asymmetry is very common since most people favor one hand over the other.
Half Lotus Pose - Ardha Padmasana
Half lotus is a nice stopping off point on the way to full lotus (see below). Since full lotus can be very hard on the knees, many yoga students prefer this version, which can be used for seated meditation.