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Yoga: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
What is Vinyasa Yoga?
Vinyasa yoga, also called flow yoga, it one of the most popular styles of yoga for its fast-paced, fitness approach. Learn what to expect from this type of class.
A Handy Comparison Chart of the 5 Best Yoga Mats
The ultimate yoga mat review compares five top yoga mats on features like material, weight, thickness, and price. A handy chart neatly lays out the results so you can make the decision on which yoga mat to buy based on the features that are most important to you.
10 Yoga Stretches You Should Add to Your Daily...
This short yoga routine is a great way to get your daily dose of stretching in 10-15 minutes. Designed to target major muscle groups where tightness lurks.
7 Tips for Yoga Beginners
Practical advice on how to start doing yoga for beginners. You will need to pick a type of yoga, find a class, and get the appropriate clothing and equipment, among other steps that will prepare you to have the best initial yoga experience.
Power Yoga: What You Should Know About This...
Introduction to power yoga, a very popular yoga style that originated in the United States in the 1990s.
Is Hatha Different from Other Yoga Types?
Hatha yoga has an official meaning and also a common usage that differs slightly. Find out more about this gentle yoga style.
How to Do a Sun Salutation
The Sun Salutation sequence is at the heart of any flow yoga practice. Our instructions and photos take you through it step by step.
The Top 10 Yoga Workouts for Beginners
Our top ten yoga sequences for beginners can either stand alone or be combined for a longer workout. Includes poses for strength, flexibility, and relaxation.
It Doesn't Have to Be Complicated: 10 Simple...
Yoga does not have to be complicated. In fact, it can be quite simple. This series of ten basic exercises should look very familiar, but will effectively stretch your whole body.
10 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, so use this guide to the top ten poses for beginners to start to get a grip on what you just learned. And welcome to the wonderful world of yoga!
Can Doing Yoga Help Me Lose Weight?
Advice on how to fit yoga into your weight-loss plan, including which yoga styles can best help you shed pounds.
Are You Ready to Become a Yoga Teacher?
Are you thinking about becoming a yoga teacher? Find out about your options for teaching training programs and which type of training is the most respected in the field before you put your money down on a certification.
What are the Different Types of Yoga?
The differences between the most popular styles of yoga explained in plain language. Find your style, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Bikram.
Hot Yoga: What You Should Know Before Trying...
Many people think that all hot yoga is Bikram, but this is actually not the case. Find out what makes them different and all about the debate over copywriting yoga poses.
Lose Weight and Turn Your Health Around with Yoga
DDP (Diamond Dallas Page) is a former professional wrestler whose yoga-based fitness system has received a lot of attention in the wake of the 2012 viral video featuring Arthur Boorman's amazing transformation. So what kind of yoga is on offer here?
10 Yoga Poses That Improve Core Strength (And...
Core strength is critical for yoga, as well as maintaining spinal health. These 10 poses work the core and tone the abdominal muscles without overdoing the crunches
The Best Moves to Use if You’re Warming...
Whether you plan to do a yoga workout at home or have arrived a few minutes early for your yoga class, it's a good idea to know which stretches are safe to use as a warm up for yoga.
New to Yoga? Check Out These Easy Poses
Use this quick list of beginners' yoga poses as a library to find standing, seated, balancing, and backbending poses that are appropriate for new yoga students. Each pose is linked to a full description and photo.
Prenatal Yoga - The First Trimester
In the first trimester of pregnancy, major changes are happening inside your body, but you are probably not showing much on the outside. Here's how to approach your yoga practice during the first three months of your pregnancy.
How to Do the "Half Lord of the Fishes" Yoga Pose
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose - Ardha Matsyendrasana, is also known as a seated spinal twist in yoga.
What is Ashtanga Yoga?
Ashtanga yoga is an intense, flowing style in which the same poses are always done in the same order. Ashtanga's history and method are explained.
Ask Aunt Yoga Advice Column: Foot Cramps During...
What should you to when foot cramps strike during yoga? Luckily, this problem is usually preventable and treatable.
What is Yoga?
A definition of yoga you can understand. Also, what are yoga poses, what's a yoga practice, and what to expect in yoga classes.
The Benefits of Kundalini Yoga
Kundalini yoga is a mystical practice that was brought to the US in the late 1960s. Kundalini has its own methodology and poses, with an emphasis on breathing exercises.
Yoga Personality Quiz
Which types of yoga fit your personality best? Take the Yoga Personality quiz to find out.
How to Do the "Eye of the Needle" Yoga 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.
Nude Yoga
Of course you can always strip off for some naked yoga at home, but read this before you venture out to a nude yoga class.
The Secrets to a Perfect 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.
Supine Spinal Twist - Supta Matsyendrasana
Supine Spinal Twist - Supta Matsyendrasana is a twist done lying on the back. This yoga pose helps unwind the spine and is often done prior to relaxation at the end of a yoga class.
Cat-Cow Stretch - Chakravakasana
The Cat-Cow stretch is a great way to get your spine moving and prevent back pain. It's simple once you know how, so we're taking your through it step by step.
Four-Limbed Staff Pose - Chaturanga Dandasana
Chaturanga Dandasana (Four Limbed Staff Pose) is a key part of the yoga sun salutation series. It's also a little tricky to do correctly, so use these illustrated instructions to improve your pose.
8 Yoga Poses That Stretch Your Quads
Do you have tight quads? These yoga poses offers great ways to stretch them out. Prefect for runners.
Wheel Pose - Urdhva Dhanurasana
Wheel Pose is a full backbend. Make sure you have good alignment and are practicing safely by using our step-by-step instructions.
Yoga Warrior Poses Sequence
A guide to five classic yoga warrior poses: warrior I, warrior II, warrior III, reverse warrior and humble warrior.
Benefits of Yoga
Yoga not only feels great, it's great for you. Improved strength and flexibility are just a few of the physical benefits you can expect to experience.
Yoga Stretches at Your Desk
Yoga stretches adpated to the workplace. These are poses you can do at your desk to relieve stress during the work day.
Standing Balances Sequence
Standing balances are yoga poses done standing on one leg. Each of these poses is tough to master on its own, so put them together, and you've got a challenging sequence of poses that will strengthen your legs and abs.
Bird of Paradise Pose - Svarga Dvidasana
Bird of Paradise Pose - Svarga Dvidasana is an advanced standing, bound, balancing pose. Sound challenging? It is!
30-Day Quick Start Yoga Guide for Beginners
Have you always wanted to do yoga but didn't know how to start? Just follow this 30-day plan to jump start your yoga practice.
Cobbler's Pose - Baddha Konasana
Cobbler's pose is a great way to open your hips. Step-by-step instructions will get you safely into this classic yoga posture.
Yogi Beware! 5 Most Dangerous Yoga Poses For...
All yoga is supposed to be good for you, right? Wrong. You can injure yourself doing yoga. Here are fives poses that are most dangerous for beginning yoga students.
9 Yoga Poses That Build Strength for Beginners
In order to do yoga's more advanced postures you need to build a solid foundation of strength. This is a challenging sequence designed to take you there.
Yoga ToeSox Review
If you need to wear socks while doing yoga, check out this review of ToeSox, which have textured soles for better traction.
Yoga Poses by Difficulty
A guide to yoga poses by degree of dificulty. Yoga poses for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.
Mountain Pose - Tadasana
Mountain pose is the basic foundation of all yoga standing poses, so it's important to understand its subtle alignment points, which are explained here.
Best Yoga DVDs
With so many yoga DVDs available, how can you pick the best ones? Let us do it! Since every yoga student had different needs, we've selected the best videos for beginners, power yoga, Ashtanga, and more.
Manduka Black Mat PRO Review
Manduka premium yoga mats are favored by many yoga practitioners for their longevity and quality, but those attributes don't come cheap.
Best Sites for Online Yoga Videos
This guide points you to the best sites for online yoga videos. There are a few place on the web to find free yoga videos, but, if you can afford it, subscription sites will offer a greater variety of video options.
Pelvic Tilts
Pelvic tilts are so simple and yet feel so awesome. This step by step guide (with helpful animation!) will teach you how to do them.
Yoga Mat Owner's Manual
A yoga mat is essential yoga equipment. Find out how to buy, care for, and accessorize your mat.
Crow Pose - Bakasana
Step-by-step instructions will get you into crow pose, a yoga arm balance.
Corpse Pose - Savasana
Corpse Pose - Savasana is usually the last pose done in a yoga class. It is also called final relaxation. Here's how to do it.
Child's Pose - Balasana
Child's Pose - Balasana is a very important one to learn because it's your chnace to take a rest in yoga class.
Pigeon Pose - Prep Version
This is the version of pigeon most commonly seen in yoga classes. It is appropriate for beginners when props are used, as explained here. More advanced variations of the pose are also covered.
Hot Yoga Wear
Advice on the best clothing and accessories for hot yoga and Bikram. Since hot yoga is such a sweaty practice, some specialized clothing is recommended by yoga teacher and studio owner Darla Magee.
Yoga Pants for Women
A round-up of the best yoga pants for women for all shapes and sizes.
Intermediate Yoga Pose Library
Are you ready for some more challenging poses in your yoga routine? When you get beyond the beginner stage, it's time to start working on these intermediate poses.
Yoga Panties
Have you noticed a tell-tale visible panty line when you wear yoga pants? Then check out the results as I test out four top styles of yoga panties.
30-Day Quick Start Yoga Guide for Beginners -...
Easy to follow guide for what to do on each day of the first week of your 30-day quick start yoga program.
Yoga Equipment Guide for Beginners: What's...
You don't need to buy a lot of stuff to start doing yoga. Find out what equipment and clothing are essential and what you can do without.
How to Do Plank Pose
Long before planking became an internet craze, yogis have been doing something similar as part of their sun salutations and vinyasa sequences. Here's how to get a workout from your plank.
Plus-Size Yoga
Information and special concerns for plus-size people who want to try yoga and advice on how to start yoga when you are overweight.
Bridge Pose - Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
How to do the yoga backbend Bridge Pose - Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, also known as Half Wheel Pose.
8 Best Yoga Poses for Sciatica
Sciatica, an irritation of the sciatic nerve, is a common cause of pain in the low back and legs. These yoga stretches can help, after you see your doctor.
Best Yoga Pants for Men
Take a step up from your old sweats with these stylish and functional yoga pants for men.
Camel Pose - Ustrasana
Camel Pose - Ustrasana is a yoga backbend. Here are step-by-step instructions and photos.
Anusara Yoga
History and methodology of Anusara yoga, including founder John Friend's ongoing scandal.
Post Pregnancy Yoga
Doing postpartum yoga is great way to get back into shape after your pregnacy. Find out when it is safe to start yoga again and what to expect.
Eagle Pose - Garudasana
Eagle Pose - Garudasana is a balancing yoga pose. It looks tricky, but these step-by-step instructions break down exactly how to do it.
Jade Harmony Yoga Mat Review
This natural rubber yoga mat by Jade is a popular alternative for people who want a PVC-free mat. We took it for a test run.
Cobra Pose - Bhujangasana
Cobra Pose - Bhujangasana is a backbend that is often included in a beginner's version of a sun salutation. Get the complete instruction here.
Iyengar Yoga
An introduction to the history and methods of Iyengar Yoga, which was developed by the living yoga master B.K.S. Iyengar. This style empasizes alignment and encourages the use of yoga props.
Best Yoga Shorts for Men
From short and tight (think Speedo) to long and baggy, we've rounded up the best yoga shorts for men. There's something here for everyone.
Extended Triangle Pose - Utthita Trikonasana
If you're looking for precise instructions to get you into triangle pose, this is the place. This pose is often taught in classes for yoga beginners.
P90X Yoga Review
The popular P90X home exercise system includes a yoga training session, so of course I wanted to see what was on it. Read what happened when an average yogi tried Yoga X.
Extended Side Angle Pose - Utthita Parsvakonasana
Extended Side Angle Pose is a classic yoga posture that is often taught in vinyasa flow classes as part of a standing sequence. Here's how to do it correctly.
Boat Pose - Navasana
How to do Boat Pose - Navasana, including photos and instructions for Half Boat Pose.
Upward Facing Dog - Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Upward Facing Dog is a key part of the vinyasa sequence and is done many times in a flow yoga class. Tips offered here to improve your alignment will help you get the most out of this pose every time you do it.
Improve Your Flexibility With Yoga
There are lots of important health reasons to improve your flexibility and yoga is a great way to do it. These poses target the tightest areas in most people's bodies.
Goddess Pose - Supta Baddha Konasana
Goddess Pose is a restorative poses that gently opens the hips. It can be done with various props for different effects, as illustrated here.
Half Moon Pose - Ardha Chandrasana
Half Moon Pose - Ardha Chandrasana is a particularly challenging balance pose. These step-by-step instructions include modifications to make this pose accessible to both beginners and more advanced yoga students.
Bow Pose - Dhanurasana
Instructions and photos of Bow Pose - Dhanurasana
Ask Aunt Yoga Advice Column: Vaginal Fart...
Vaginal farts (varts) are embarrassing, but not uncommon during yoga, especially inversions. Get advice on how to gain better control in this situation.
Ask Aunt Yoga Advice Column - Sweating Out the...
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Garland Pose - Malasana
Garland pose is a wide squat. This yoga pose is called malasana in Sanskrit.
Standing Yoga Poses Sequence
A step-by-step guide to a sequence of standing yoga poses, including a photo and link to detailed instructions for each posture. Use this guide to enhance your home practice.
Warrior I - Virabhadrasana I
Detailed instructions for the Warrior I, including important alignment points and adaptations.
Down Dog Split
Down dog split is a variation on downward facing dog. By raising one leg from the floor, you can improve arm and core strength and work on your balance.
Flying Crow Pose - Eka Pada Galavasana
How to do the yoga pose flying crow, also known as Eka Pada Galavasana. This is an arm balance that requires a lot of core strength.
RYT
Have you ever seen the letters RYT behind a yoga teacher's name and wondered what it means? Find out here.
The Yoga Alliance
You may have heard yoga teachers say that they are Yoga Alliance certified, but this is a misconception. Find out what this organization does and it's role in yoga in the United States.
Prenatal Yoga Dos and Don'ts
If you are pregnant, you may have a lot of questions about whether yoga is safe for you and your baby. Yoga can be a great way to stretch, tone, and relax during pregnancy, but there are a few precautions to take, as well as a few specific ways that prenatal yoga can prepare you to deliver your baby.
Restorative Yoga
Restorative yoga is a yoga method using props and long hold times to open the body in a more passive way.
Chair Yoga Poses
A sequence of chair yoga poses.
Hot Yoga Heat Index
You've probably heard of hot yoga and wondered just what kind of heat are we talking about? Here's a run-down of the room temperatures of popular hot yoga styles, including Bikram.
Yoga Etiquette
What is good yoga etiquette? Find out all the the dos and don'ts that will make you a good yoga citizen.
Review - Yogadownload.com
Yogadownload.com is a site where you can download audio yoga classes. Read this review for an evaluation of the quality of these classes.
Dragonfly Pose
Dragonfly yoga pose is a high-flying arm balance. It looks complicated, but step-by-step instructions explain how to get there.
Lizard Pose - Utthan Pristhasana
Lizard Pose really works the hip flexors and quadriceps. Since these are tight areas for a lot of people, these step-by-step instructions include several ways to modify the pose to make it more accessible.
What Should I Do About a Slippery Yoga Mat?
If you are slipping on your mat, here's some advice on what to do about a slippery yoga mat.
Namaste
Usually, your yoga teacher will say namaste to the group at the end of class and the students will respond in kind and bow with palms pressed together.
Scorpion Pose - Vrschikasana
Scorpion pose is one of those challenge poses that most people have to work up to little by little. If you have a strong forearm stand, you can start to incorporate a backbend at the wall as a first step.
Warrior II - Virabhadrasana II
Warrior II is a classic standing yoga pose. Build a strong, fierce pose from the ground up with our step-by-step instructions (includes photo).
Introduction to Pranayama Breathing Exercises
Yoga breathing exercises are called pranayama. This is an introduction to basic breathing techniques and their effects.
Advanced Yoga Pose Library
The more yoga you do, the more you realize that there's really no such things as advanced yoga. So let's call these some of the most difficult poses for most people.
Best Yoga Mat Bags
Whether you are looking for the traditional tubular yoga mat bag or something a little more unusual, this is the place to see the cutest yoga bags.
Knees, Chest, and Chin - Ashtanga Namaskara
Knees, chest, and chin pose is often taught as a beginner's alternative to chaturanga in a sun salutation sequence, but this pose has a lot to offer more advanced yoga students too.
Yoga for Seniors
Yoga is getting more popular with seniors, and as it does more classes specifically targeting older adults are becoming available. Learn the benefits of a regular yoga practice for your health and quality of life and how to get started.
Staff Pose - Dandasana
Not much to this pose, just sitting around, right? Wrong! The whole body is actively engaged in this pose, making it a lot harder than it looks.
Hero Pose - Virasana
Instructions and photos of hero pose - virasana, including modifications for people with knee pain.
Awkward Chair Pose - Utkatasana
How to do Awkward Chair Yoga Pose - Utkatasana, with photos.
Yoga Tips
Tips for beginners on what to wear, what to bring, what to eat, and how to keep a light-hearted approach to your yoga practice.
Top 7 Stateside Yoga Retreats
Looking for a place to go for a weekend retreat with some of yoga's hottest teachers, or to delve deeply
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.
8 Yoga Poses for Relaxation
Eight poses for when you just want to relax or need to cool down at the end of a yoga session.
The Eight Limbs of Yoga
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali refers to eight limbs, or branches, of yoga, each of which offers guidance in how to live a moral life.
King Dancer Pose - Natarajasana Pose
King Dancer Pose is a challenging combination of balancing and back-bending. Learn how to do this pose one step at a time.
Three-Part Breath - Dirga Pranayama
Instructions for Three-Part Breath – Dirga Pranayama, a basic breathing exercise that is calming and grounding. A great yoga pranayama for beginners!
Tree Pose - Vrksasana
The tree pose, or vrksasana, is an introductory balance pose that is appropriate for yoga students of all levels. Get step-by-step instructions here.
Side Crow Pose - Parsva Bakasana
Instructions for side crow with illustrative photos, tips for beginners and lots of variations for more advanced yoga students.
Raised Hands Pose - Urdhva Hastasana
Instructions, pictures, and beginner's alignment tips for Raised Hands Pose - Urdhva Hastasana, a whole body stretch.
Kulae tpECOmat
Kulae yoga mats are made from TPE, a man-made material that is PVC free. Read my review of the Kulae tpECOmat, a lightweight mat.
Firefly Pose - Tittibhasana
How to do Firefly Pose - Tittibhasana, a yoga arm balance.
Plow Pose - Halasana
Plow Pose is a mild yoga inversion and preparation for Shoulderstand. Step-by-step instructions will get you safely in and out of this pose.
Dolphin Pose
Dolphin is a variation of Downward Facing Dog with the forearms on the ground. Get the full instructions here.
Embarrassing Yoga Questions
What should you do about farting in yoga class? What about B.O.? When should you to go to the bathroom? We're tackling all your most embarrassing yoga questions right here.
Happy Baby Pose - Ananda Balasana
Happy Baby is a great release for the low back. Use these step-by-step instructions to get into this yoga position safely.
Supported Bridge Pose
A restorative version of Bridge Pose using a yoga block to support the sacrum.
Yoga Seated Hip Stretches Sequence
This is a series of seated yoga poses that stretches and opens the hips.
Yoga for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Studies show that yoga can help people with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome experience less pain due to their condition. The recommended poses here focus on the joints of the upper body.
Cow Face Pose - Gomukhasana
Learn Cow Face Pose - Gomukhasana from these step-by-step instructions with pictures.
Nintendo Wii Fit Review
An in-depth review of the yoga offered by the Nintendo Wii Fit system by About.com's yoga expert.
Yoga Poses for the Hips
Some hip openers are always a good addition to your yoga routine.
Yoga Apps
If you enjoy planning yoga classes at home, there are a lot of apps that can help you. I took a look at the best of them, plus a few others that offer content for yogis.
Best Yoga Books
A list of the best yoga books, from beautifully photographed coffee table books to the best nuts and bolts instructions for yoga beginners.
What's Your Yoga Type?
What style of yoga will you like best? Identify your yoga type by your personality traits.
Pyramid Pose - Parsvottonasana
Get instructions for Pyramid Pose - Parsvottonasana, a yoga forward bend that stretches the hamstrings.
Standing Forward Bend - Uttanasana
The forward bend is an important part of most yoga sequences. Learn how to get the most out of your pose by improving your alignment.
Compass Pose - Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana
How to do Compass Pose (Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana), an intense yoga stretch for the hamstrings and shoulders.
Fish Pose - Matsyasana
Instructions for Fish Pose - Matsyasana including pictures of an advanced variation and suggestions for yoga beginners.
Lotus Pose - Padmasana
Lotus Pose is one of the archetypical yoga poses and is often used as an example of how yogis twist themselves up like pretzels. This pose requires open hips and healthy knees to do safely.
Arm Balances Photo Gallery
Arm balances are some of yoga's most awe-inspiring poses. Admire their strength and grace with these photos.
Step-by-Step Moon Salutation - Chandra Namaskara
This variation on the classic yoga Sun Salutation is sometimes called a Moon Salutation. This version incorporates more back-bending and balancing poses so it is a little more challenging.
Yoga and Fat Burning
Find out if you are burning fat in your yoga class.
Forearm Stand - Pincha Mayurasana
Forearm Stand - Pincha Mayurasana, also known as Bent Arm Balance and Peacock Feather Pose, is a challenging yoga inversion for advanced students.
E-RYT
Have you ever seen the letters E-RYT behind a yoga teacher's name and wondered what it means? This definition will help you out.
Warrior III - Virabhadrasana III
Virabhadrasana takes flight in warrior III. Get step-by-step instruction here.
Monkey Pose - Hanumanasana
Named for the monkey deity Hanuman, this pose looks a lot like a full split. Taking it one step at a time will get you into the correct position and help open the hamstrings.
Chair Yoga
Chair yoga, in which standard yoga poses are adapted to be done while seated in a chair, is becoming very popular with senior citizens and others who are not able to stand for long periods.
Little Thunderbolt Pose - Laghu Vajrasana
Little Thunderbolt pose is an intense backbend for advanced yoga students.

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