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The 10 Yoga Poses You Should Do Every Day to...
Doing a little yoga each day makes a big difference. Spend 10-15 minutes daily on these ten poses to stretch your spine, hamstrings and hips.
Change Up Your Abs Routine With Plank...
Tired of the same old same old plank? Try these variations to keep your workout interesting.
5 Essential Yoga Poses That Can Ease Low Back...
Yoga is a great way to maintain spinal health. Many people experience lower back pain, so it's particularly important to stretch and strengthen this area.
10 Morning Yoga Poses That Will Wake You Up
Morning yoga that takes the place of coffee! Transition from sleep to alertness with this quick routine of 10 poses designed to get you going.
10 Yoga Poses That Will Tone Your Abs
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
What is Vinyasa Yoga?
Vinyasa yoga, also called flow, is one of the most popular styles of yoga for its fast-paced, fitness approach. Here's what to expect.
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.
Pelvic Tilts - A Simple Little Exercise That...
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.
What to Expect from a Hatha Yoga Class
In its most basic use, hatha means yoga. So what does it mean when you see a class described as hatha? A look at the history and modern use of the term
Your Spine Will Thank You When You Learn How to...
The Cat-Cow stretch is a simple and effective way to get your spine moving and prevent back pain. We take you through it step by step.
7 Yoga Poses That Will Save Your Road Trip
Road warriors! Don't let pain ruin your road trip. Stay comfortable with these 7 poses designed to loosen you up after a long day in the car.
7 Tips for Getting Started With Yoga
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.
Types of Yoga Cheat Sheet
The differences between the most popular styles of yoga explained in plain language. Find your style, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Bikram.
Feel the Power: What You Need to Know About...
Introduction to power yoga, a very popular yoga style that originated in the United States in the 1990s.
Ladies: Find Your Next Pair of Basic Yoga Pants...
A round-up of the best yoga pants for women for all shapes and sizes.
10 Evening Yoga Poses to Help You Wind Down
A sequence of 10 yoga poses to help you wind down and relax before going to bed.
Yoga Personality Quiz
Which types of yoga fit your personality best? Take the Yoga Personality quiz to find out.
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.
10 Yoga Poses You Can Do in a Chair
Chair yoga adapts traditional yoga poses so that they can be done with a chair, making yoga more accessible for people who cannot stand for long periods.
Yoga Anatomy Myth Busting With Amy Matthews
Do twists wring out the organs? Do inversions increase blood flow to the brain? Yoga anatomy expert Amy Matthews takes on yoga's most pervasive anatomy myths.
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.
10 Essential Yoga Poses for Beginners
You are guaranteed to see these ten poses in your first few yoga classes. Get ahead of the game by getting familiar with them now.
5 Top Contenders Go Toe-to-Toe
A comparison of 5 top yoga mats (Manduka, Lululemon, Jade) on features like material, weight, traction, and price, makes it easy to decide on the right mat.
How Yoga Can Help You Lose Weight
Yoga's role in helping you lose weight is less about burning calories and more about establishing a healthy lifestyle and relationship with your body.
10 Simple Poses That Prove Yoga Doesn't Have To...
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.
Commit to 30 Days of Yoga With This Day by Day...
Have you always wanted to do yoga but didn't know how to start? Follow this 30-day plan to jump start your yoga practice. Each day is planned for you.
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.
Get Fierce With This Sequence of Warrior Poses
This sequence of the five classic warrior poses is the perfect short yoga routine of standing poses to strengthen your legs and core.
Bikram Yoga and Hot Yoga - What's the Difference?
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.
9 Moves to Help You Warm Up for Yoga
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.
Beginners' Yoga Pose Library
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.
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.
Get More Flexible Hamstrings, Hips, and...
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.
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.
We Picked 9 Top Yoga DVDs That Suit Different...
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.
What's That Block For? How to Use a Yoga Block
A yoga block is a great help to beginners and more experienced yogis. Here's how to use one to enhance your practice.
Inside the Mysteries of Kundalini Yoga
Have you seen yoga students dressed in white and carrying sheepskins? They are probably going to Kundalini class. Here's more about this style of yoga.
Eye of the Needle Pose is Pigeon on Your Back
Eye of the Needle is great way to gently stretch the hips. It's a good warm-up stretch for any yoga class and alternative to pigeon for tight hips.
The 5 Best Pairs of Yoga Pants for Men
Take a step up from your old sweats with these stylish and functional yoga pants for men.
Downward Facing Dog - Adho Mukha Svanasana
Instructions for the very common yoga pose Downward Facing Dog - Adho Mukha Svanasana, including alignment, pictures, and tips for beginners and advanced students.
5 Beginner Yoga Moves to Help You Destress
A yoga routine doesn't have to be long and complicated to relieve stress. Consistency is the most important part of this sequence for beginners.
The Dos and Don'ts of Prenatal Yoga
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.
7 Great Yoga Stretches You Can Do at Your Desk
Stop sitting all day! Try these 7 yoga stretches adapted for the workplace to get up out of your chair to relieve stress and refresh yourself.
How to Stop Vaginal Farts During Yoga
Vaginal farts (varts) are embarrassing, but not uncommon during yoga. Get advice on how to gain better control in this situation.
5 Body Parts You Didn't Know You Had
Doing a lot of yoga and you'll become way, way more familiar with your own anatomy. Here's an intro to a few body parts you didn't know you had.
The 5 Most Dangerous Yoga Poses For Beginners
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.
How to Do Pigeon Pose
This is the classic version of pigeon most commonly seen in yoga classes. It is appropriate for beginners when props are used, as explained here.
Top 10 Health Benefits of Yoga
Yoga not only feels great, it's great for your health. The physical benefits are well known, but the mental benefits are just as important.
A Solid Tadasana is the Key to Yoga Standing...
Mountain pose is the basic foundation of all yoga standing poses. It's important to understand its subtle alignment points, which are explained here.
4 Yoga Poses for Back Health
This first series of four poses for back pain is intended as an introduction to yogic stretching in support of a healthy spine.
What to Wear for Hot Yoga Classes
The best clothing and accessories for hot yoga and Bikram. You'll be sweating buckets, so the right clothes and mat are important to prevent slipping.
Build Your Strength With These 9 Yoga Poses
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.
How Restorative Yoga Can Help You Relax and...
Restorative yoga is a relaxing style of yoga that is intended to be healing and nurturing for the body. Here's what to expect from this type of class.
How to Find a Yoga Class in Your Area
How to find a local yoga class using the best online resources, including teacher directories and specialized sources for different types of yoga.
The 11 Best Sites for Online Yoga Videos
This guide points you to the best sites for online yoga videos. There are a few places on the web to find free yoga videos, but, if you can afford it, subscription sites will offer a greater variety of video options.
All Our Crow Pose Tips Give You the Key to This...
Crow is often the first arm balance that yoga students learn. It's a little tricky at first, but our detailed instructions will help you get there.
4 Tips I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I...
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.
Yoga Gear Guide for Beginners: What's Essential...
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.
Relax Like You're Dead in Corpse Pose
Corpse Pose - Savasana is usually the last pose done in a yoga class. It is also called final relaxation. Here's how to get the most out of it.
How to Safely Practice Yoga During Your First...
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.
The Best Chaturanga Alignment to Avoid Injury
Chaturanga is yoga's answer to the push up. It can be hard on your shoulders over time. so good alignment is key to avoiding injury.
8 Yoga Questions You're Too Embarrassed to Ask
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.
The 8 Rules of Good Yoga Etiquette
Knowing the dos and don'ts of yoga etiquette will make you more comfortable when you're just starting to take yoga classes. Be a good yoga citizen!
Aunt Yoga Explains Why We Do Yoga Barefoot
Ever wonder why yoga is usually done barefoot? Here's the answer.
How Yoga Can Help Constipation (Shhh, We're...
If you're looking for natural ways to relieve constipation, yoga can help by improving motility and reducing stress. Here are 3 types of poses to try.
Your Guide to Iyengar, One of the Most Popular...
The history and methods of Iyengar Yoga, founded by B.K.S. Iyengar. This influential style emphasizes alignment and encourages the use of props.
Anusara Yoga: The John Friend Scandal and Beyond
History and methodology of Anusara yoga, including founder John Friend's ongoing scandal.
Release Your Lower Back with Happy Baby Pose
Happy baby is a nice release for the low back that feels great at the end of a yoga session. Getting into it is easy when you take it step by step.
Flow Sequence of 8 Classic Standing Poses
These 8 classic standing yoga poses are the obvious answer to the question of what to practice at home. Here's how to make them flow.
End Your yoga Practice with a Supine Spinal Twist
Supine Spinal Twist - Supta Matsyendrasana is a twist done lying on the back. This pose is often done prior to relaxation at the end of a yoga class.
Try On Some New Pants: 10 Alternatives to...
Fed up with Lululemon? There's a big world of yoga pants out there beyond the Luon. Here are some yoga brands with great cuts, fabrics, and diverse sizes.
Check Out Our Yoga Poses Library for All Levels
A guide to yoga poses by degree of dificulty. Yoga poses for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.
The Only 7 Quotes You Need to Understand Yoga
Classic yoga quotes from gurus like Pattabhi Jois and Iyengar, traditional texts, and really smart people. Inspiration for life on and off the mat!
The 6 Best Pairs of 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.
Here's What You Need to Know About the P90X...
The popular P90X home exercise system includes a yoga DVD, so of course I wanted to check it out. See what happened when an average yogi tried Yoga X.
How Senior Citizens Can Enjoy Yoga in Their...
Yoga is for everyone, including seniors. Yoga has proven benefits for your health and quality of life as you age. Here's how to get started.
Learning the Lessons of Child's Pose
Child's pose seems like a simple posture, but it's a very important part of your yoga practice. It teaches you to listen to your body and rest when needed.
What Kind of Yoga Should You Do? Some Advice...
Advice on how to choose a type of yoga and get started.
Relieve Cramps With These 6 Yoga Poses for Your...
Recommendation for a healthy yoga practice during menstruation.
Runners' Special: 8 Yoga Poses That Stretch...
Do you have tight quads? These yoga poses offers great ways to stretch them out. Prefect for runners.
Cutting to the Chase: How to Use Yoga for Back...
Many people with back pain find yoga to be an effective tool in their pain-management arsenal. This overview offers three different yoga sequences designed to target the causes of back pain.
How to Start Yoga When You're Bigger Bodied
Information and special concerns for plus-size people who want to try yoga and advice on how to start yoga when you are overweight.
The Origin and Usage of "Asana"
Definition of asana, its history, and how it is commonly used today in yoga.
How to Plank like a Yoga Pro
Long before planking became an internet craze, yogis were doing it as part of their sun salutations. Here's how to get a workout from your plank.
What Does "Go Through Your Vinyasa" Mean?
Yoga teachers often use the phrases "go through your vinyasa" or "take the vinyasa of your choice." What
How to Do the Three-Part Breath
Instructions for Three-Part Breath (Dirga Pranayama), a basic breathing exercise that is calming and grounding. A great yoga pranayama for beginners!
Doing Yoga in a Chair Makes it More Accessible
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.
Strech Your Whole Body with Raised Hands Pose...
Raised Hands Pose - Urdhva Hastasana is a full body stretch in yoga. In fact you may be already doing this pose without even realizing it.
Work on Your Flexibility with These 4 Yoga...
This short series of yoga poses promotes basic spinal flexibility and strength. Do them regularly to help prevent back pain caused by poor mobility.
Yoga Panties: Can You Really Say Goodbye to...
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.
Prenatal Sun Salutation Sequence
This Prenatal Sun Salutation is a variation on the traditional yoga sequence that is suitable for pregnant women.
Ashtanga Yoga Has Its Own Vocabulary. Here's...
Ashtanga Yoga has a number of specialized terms. Getting familiar with words like Mysore, moon day, shala, bandha and drishti will help you feel comfortable.
5 Yoga Poses That Will Help Improve Your Posture
Can yoga make you taller? It can definitely improve your posture. These 5 yoga poses counteract your tendency to hunch and increase body awareness.
No Time for Sun Salutations? Try a Half Sun...
How do you warm up for a sun salutation? With a half sun salutation, of course. This short series stretches your hamstrings, sides, and shoulders.
An Introduction to Kripalu Yoga
Kripalu is gentle yoga that emphasizes moving at your own pace, self acceptance, and adaptability. It's ideal for people facing life's challenges.
From the Classic Tube to a Modern Handbag, Yoga...
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.
How to Do the Extended Triangle Pose
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.
How to Make Sitting Cross-Legged More Comfortable
Do you cringe when your yoga teacher tells you to take a comfortable cross-legged seat? You're not alone! Our solutions will make this pose bearable.
Top 7 Stateside Yoga Retreats
If you want to deepen your practice or attend a teacher training, take a look at the options provided by these top U.S. yoga retreat centers.
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.
The 8 Limbs of Yoga and What They Mean
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.
How to Use a Yoga Strap
Using a yoga strap helps you maintain good form while getting the most out of each pose. Here are some ways to use a strap.
Is Nude Yoga for You?
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.
Work Your Core With Standing Balance Yoga Poses
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.
How to Adapt Your Yoga Practice If You Have...
People with elevated eye pressure due to glaucoma should approach some yoga poses with caution. Recommendations from glaucoma expert Dr. Robert Ritch.
Strengthen Your Legs with Warrior I
Warrior I is one of yoga's foundation poses, but nailing the alignment can be a little tricky. Our step by steps instructions get you there safely.
How to Unwind Your Spine With a Seated Twist
Whether you call it half lord of the fishes, ardha matsyendrasana, or a seated spinal twist, it's a great way to unwind the tension from your spine.
Need Hip Openers? Check Our Complete List of...
Hip openers refer to poses that stretch the muscles around the pelvis, thighs, glutes, and lower back. People who sit a lot need these to prevent pain.
How Hot is Hot Yoga?
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.
How Yoga Can Improve Your Sex Life
Find out if doing yoga can improve your sex life.
Here's What You Need to Know About the Manduka...
Manduka premium yoga mats are favored by many yoga practitioners for their longevity and quality, but those attributes don't come cheap.
Let Gravity Work Its Magic on Your Hips in...
Supta baddha konasana is a restorative yoga pose that gently opens the hips. It can be done with various props for different effects, as shown here.
How Yoga Is Different From Stretching
Yoga is just a glorified name for stretching, right? Wrong! Yoga includes stretching and a whole lot more. Learn about the differences here.
7 Variations of Side Plank for Even More Core...
Lots of different ways to change up your side plank, including more support for beginners and ways amp it up for the advanced yoga students.
How a Partner Can Help Your Yoga Practice
Doing yoga with a partner can be a great way to deepen your poses and connect with others, but it is not without risks.
Open Hips? Shoulders? Back? Check! Now You're...
This advanced version of pigeon pose combines the hip stretch we all know with an intense backbend. Get there step-by-step with these instructions.
Your Guide to Yoga Breathing Exercises
Yoga breathing exercises are called pranayama. This is an introduction to basic breathing techniques and their effects.
What Is Gentle Yoga?
If you're looking for yoga that is about stretching and clearing the mind instead of sweating and contorting, gentle yoga may be for you.
A Forward Bend Is a Simple Yoga Pose, But It...
A standing forward bend is an important part of the sun salutation sequence. Here's how to get the most out of your pose by improving your alignment.
Find the Ideal Yoga Class for Every Personality
What style of yoga will you like best? Identify your yoga type by your personality traits.
Getting Back Into Yoga After Having Your Baby
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.
Got a Handle on the Basics? Try These...
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.
What Does Namaste Mean, Anyway?
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.
Finish Your Yoga Practice with These 5 Seated...
A series of 5 hip stretches to do when you are warmed up from standing poses. Cool down and transition to final relaxation with these seated poses.
What to Do if You Have a Slippery Yoga Mat
If you are slipping on your mat, here's some advice on what to do.
Anytime Can Be Yoga Time
Are you wondering when to do yoga? Find out what time of day you should do your practice.
How to Do Sphinx Pose
Sphinx is a really nice yoga pose for activating your back muscles. Get step by step instructions here.
Tried of Crunches? Strengthen Your Core With...
Dolphin Push-Ups are a yoga exercise that help strengthen your core and abs. They are a great preparation for more advanced pose like forearm stand.
Work on Your Core and Hips (While Standing on...
Eagle pose gets into some hard to stretch areas that can really use some attention, like your thighs and shoulders. Plus, improves your core strength!
The Truth About "Sweating Out the Toxins" in...
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How to Do Upward Facing Dog Correctly
Upward Facing Dog is a key part of the vinyasa sequence. Tips offered here will improve your alignment so you get the most out of this pose each time.
Where to Buy Those Crazy Patterned Yoga Leggings
Move aside, basic black yoga pants. There is a new trend for crazy colorful yoga leggings in town. Here's 12 companies making wild pants.
How (And Why) to Use Mula Bandha in Yoga
Mula bandha, or the root lock, is often mentioned in contemporary yoga classes but never explained very well. Here's why you should take a closer look.
Should You Date Your Yoga Teacher? Aunt Yoga...
What are the ethics of finding romance at the yoga studio? Advice columnist Aunt Yoga breaks down whether it's a good idea to date your yoga teacher.
Check Out Our Library of Advanced Yoga Poses
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.
Squat More! Garland Pose (Malasana) Is Good For...
How do you feel about garland pose? Deep squatting brings up strong feelings, including dislike. Our tips can make it much more comfortable for you.
Is Yoga Effective for Fat Burning?
Find out if you are burning fat in your yoga class.
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.
Learn to Calm Your Body With Sama Vritti -...
Sama vritti (equal breathing) is a yoga pranayama where you inhale and exhale for the same amount of time to calm the parasympathetic nervous system.
8 Steps to Start Meditating at Home
Have you been feeling like you want to try meditation but you're not sure how to do it? This guide for beginners explains a basic method you can do at home.
Yoga Alliance Teacher Registration (Not...
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.
10 Poses of Warming Winter Yoga
When it's cold outside, you need to make your own heat. This series of 10 challenging yoga poses will do the trick.
CorePower Yoga Is Popping Up Everywhere. Should...
CorePower Yoga is chain of (mostly) hot yoga studios that is rapidly expanding through the U.S. Find out what to expect when you go to a CPY class.
What You Need to Know About Prenatal Yoga in...
The second trimester of pregnancy is a time of big growth for you and your baby, so more adaptations of your yoga practice are becoming necessary.
How to Do Down Dog Split, AKA Three-Legged Dog
Down dog split is also called three-legged dog. Lifting one leg off the floor improves arm and core strength helps develop hip alignment awareness.
Piriformis
Where to find the piriformis muscle and its relationship to sciatica and yoga.
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.
How to Build a Strong Warrior II Pose
Warrior II is a classic standing yoga pose. Build a strong, fierce pose from the ground up with our step-by-step instructions.
Why Alignment Matters
In yoga, alignment is the ideal position for each pose. Although students are always told to listen to their own bodies first, find out why alignment still matters.
Need a Break from Sun Salutations? Try This...
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.

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