Yoga Poses Alphabetically by Sanskrit Names
Adho Mukha Svanasana - Downward Facing Dog
Instructions for the very common yoga pose Downward Facing Dog - Adho Mukha Svanasana, including alignment, pictures, and tips for beginners and advanced students.
Adho Mukha Vrksasana - Handstand
Handstands may features in various fitness traditions, but this article gives you instructions how to do one yoga-style.
Anjaneyasana - Crescent Lunge Pose
Crescent Lunge Pose (Anjaneyasana) is a deep stretch for the hip flexors and quadriceps. It can also be a little bit of a backbend if you want it to be. Here are the complete instructions.
Ardha Chandrasana - Half Moon Pose
Instructions for Half Moon Pose - Ardha Chandrasana. With yoga photos, beginner's tips. Half Moon Pose - Ardha Chandrasana is both a standing and a balancing yoga pose.
Sugarcane Pose - Ardha Chandra Chapasana
Sugarcane pose (ardha chandra chapasana) is a variation of half moon pose (ardha chandrasana) that tests your balance and adds in a bit of a back bend. Get full instructions and a photo here.
Ardha Matsyendrasana - Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose - Ardha Matsyendrasana, is also known as a seated spinal twist in yoga.
Camatkarasana - Wild Thing
Ever heard of flipping your dog? The pose you will end up in is called wild thing. While it's a pretty deep backbend, the position of the shoulders makes it easier for many people than a full wheel.
Dandasana - Staff Pose
Instructions for the seated yoga pose, Staff or Dandasana
Elephant's Trunk Pose - Eka Hasta Bhujasana
Elephant's Trunk Pose or Eka Hasta Bhujasana is a powerful arm balance that also helps prepare you for more advanced arm balances. Get step-by-step instructions here.
Garudasana - Eagle Pose
Instructions for the yoga pose Eagle Pose - Garudasana. Includes photos and beginner's tips.
Laghu Vajrasana - Little Thunderbolt Pose
Little Thunderbolt pose is an intense backbend for advanced yoga students.
Navasana - Boat Pose
How to do Boat Pose - Navasana, including photos and instructions for Half Boat Pose.
Parighasana- Gate Pose
Instructions and photo for gate pose - parighasana. Gate Pose is a side stretch that is particularly good for prenatal yoga.
Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana - Revolved Head to Knee Pose
Revolved Head to Knee Pose - Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana is a forward bend with a twist. See complete instructions and a photo of the final pose here.
Salamba Sirsasana II - Tripod Headstand
Tripod headstand is done with a slightly different arm position than a traditional yoga headstand. Some find this pose easier than a classic headstand and others find it harder.
Savasana - Corpse Pose
Instructions for how to practice Corpse Pose - Savasana. Includes description and pictures of Corpse Pose - Savasana, which is practiced during final relaxation.
Sucirandhrasana- Eye of the Needle Pose
A great way to gently stretch the hips is Eye of the Needle Pose - Sucirandhrasana. This a good warm-up stretch for any yoga class.
Supta Virasana - Reclined Hero Pose
Reclined Hero Pose - Supta Virasana is a strong yoga stretch for the thighs and groin. It can be a little intense on the knees, so proceed with caution.
Svarga Dvidasana - Bird of Paradise Pose
Bird of Paradise Pose - Svarga Dvijasana is an advanced standing, bound, balancing pose. Sound challenging? It is! Read how to do Bird of Paradise Pose.
Utthita Parsvakonasana - Extended Side Angle
Description and instruction for Extended Side Angle Pose - Utthita Parsvakonasana. With photos and variations for beginning and advanced students.
Utthita Trikonasana - Triangle Pose
Description and instructions for Extended Triangle Pose - Utthita Trikonasana. With yoga photos, adaptations for beginners and variations for the advanded yogi.
Virasana - Hero Pose
Instructions and photos of Hero yoga pose - Virasana.