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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Yoga Personality Quiz
Which types of yoga fit your personality best? Take the Yoga Personality quiz to find out.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why the Liforme Yoga Mat Is Worth the Price
The Liforme yoga mat is known for its cult following on Instagram and for its high price tag. Here's why I think it's worth the money.
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.
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.
Jump Start Your Yoga Practice in 30 Days
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
10 Great Gift Ideas for the Man Who Loves Yoga
Find great gifts for men who love yoga. Perfect for Father's Day, birthdays, any old day!
Ladies: Find Your Next Pair of Basic Yoga Pants...
A round-up of the best yoga pants for women for all shapes and sizes.
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.
10 Great Yoga Gifts Under \$50
You don't have to break the bank to give your loved ones fun, thoughtful yoga-inspired gifts. Includes jewelry, accessories, books, water bottles.
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.
What to Wear for Hot Yoga Classes
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.
How Yoga Benefits Your Body and Your Mind
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.
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.
How to Do a Simple Pigeon Pose
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.
What Is Restorative Yoga?
Restorative yoga is a yoga method using props and long hold times to open the body in a more passive way.
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.
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.
7 Great Yoga Stretches You Can Do 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.
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.
Anusara Yoga: The John Friend Scandal and Beyond
History and methodology of Anusara yoga, including founder John Friend's ongoing scandal.
Relieve Cramps With These 6 Yoga Poses for Your...
Recommendation for a healthy yoga practice during menstruation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Schedule for Your First Week of 30 Days of Yoga
Easy to follow guide for what to do on each day of the first week of your 30-day quick start yoga program.
The Sit Bones Connected to the...
Definition of sit bones, an antomical term used in yoga.
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.
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.
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.
Begin Your Yoga Regimen with This 30-Day Quick...
Here is a whole month's worth of home yoga practices all laid out for you.
Eye of the Needle Pose - Sucirandhrasana
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.
Work on Your Flexibility with These 4 Yoga...
A series of yoga poses that promotes basic spinal flexibility for the prevention of back pain.
Corpse Pose (Final Relaxation) - 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.
Why Don't You Wear Shoes During Yoga?
Ever wonder why you should remove your socks and shoes before doing yoga? Here's the answer.
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.
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.
4 Essential Yoga Tips for Beginners
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.
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.
Stretch and Relax Your Back with the Supine...
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.
Asana: Yoga Glossary Definition
Definition of asana, the Sanskrit term used in yoga.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Yoga Gift Guide: The Indie Edition
Our guide to the best indie yoga gifts help you give something uniquely wonderful to the yoga lover's in your life and support small businesses.
The Meaning of Om
The meaning of om, a common mantra used in yoga and meditation.
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.
Find a Yoga Class in Your Area
A guide to finding a local yoga class through using the best online resources, including teacher directories and specialized sources for different types of yoga.
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.
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.
Are Vaginal Farts During Yoga Normal?
Vaginal farts (varts) are embarrassing, but not uncommon during yoga, especially inversions. Get advice on how to gain better control in this situation.
What Kind of Yoga Should You Do? Some Advice...
Advice on how to choose a type of yoga and get started.
Start Your 30 Days of Yoga Today
A look at what to do on your first day of the 30 day quick-start yoga guide.
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.
Crow Pose - Bakasana
Step-by-step instructions will get you into crow pose, a yoga arm balance.
Here's What You Need to Know About the P90X...
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.
Change Up Your Abs Routine With Plank...
Tired of the same old same old plank? Try these variations to keep your workout interesting.
7 Rules of Good Yoga Etiquette
What is good yoga etiquette? Find out all the the dos and don'ts that will make you a good yoga citizen.
Can You Learn Yoga From Your Mat?
Yoga mats with alignment markings offer a way for yoga students to correct their own poses. Here's what happened when I tried out four of these mats.
Your Guide to Yoga Breathing Exercises
Yoga breathing exercises are called pranayama. This is an introduction to basic breathing techniques and their effects.
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.
Find the Ideal Yoga Class for Every Personality
What style of yoga will you like best? Identify your yoga type by your personality traits.
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.
What Does RYT Mean for a Yoga Teacher?
Have you ever seen the letters RYT behind a yoga teacher's name and wondered what it means? This definition will help you out.
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.
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.
Strengthen Your Legs with Warrior I Pose
Detailed instructions for the Warrior I, including important alignment points and adaptations.
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.
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.
Aunt Yoga on How to Improve Your Hamstring...
Ever feel like your tight hamstrings are your biggest problem in yoga (or life)? Here's how you can improve your hamstring flexibility over time.
How Senior Citizens Can Enjoy Yoga in Their...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Half Lord of the Fishes (Seated Spinal Twist) -...
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose - Ardha Matsyendrasana, is also known as a seated spinal twist in yoga.
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.
How to Do a Yoga Plank
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.
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.
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.
Anytime Can Be Yoga Time
Are you wondering when to do yoga? Find out what time of day you should do your practice.
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.
How to Do Reclined Goddess Pose - Supta Baddha...
Reclined goddess Pose is a restorative poses that gently opens the hips. It can be done with various props for different effects, as illustrated here.
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.
Get the Scoop on Kripalu Yoga
Kripalu yoga is a gentle style that emphasizes moving at your own pace. Find out more about this style and the Kripalu Center in the Berkshire mountains, which plays host to many yoga workshops.
Go Head Over Heels with the Scorpion Pose
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.
Relieve Your Lower Back with the Happy Baby Pose
Happy Baby is a great release for the low back. Use these step-by-step instructions to get into this yoga position safely.
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
Child's Pose - Balasana
Child's Pose - Balasana is a very important one to learn because it's your chance to take a rest in yoga class.
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.
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.
Sama Vritti Is a Breathing Technique That Helps...
Sama vritti or equal breathing is a yoga breathing exercise that can help calm the body and focus the mind.
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.
Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha
Yoga chitta vritti nirodha is the oft-quoted second sutra in the centuries-old Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. What does this quote mean?
See What Basic Yoga Props Look Like
Photos and guides to using basic yoga props, including mats, blocks, blankets, and straps.
Prenatal Sun Salutation Sequence
This Prenatal Sun Salutation is a variation on the traditional yoga sequence that is suitable for pregnant women.
How to Do a Forward Bend in 6 Steps
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.
Can the Wii Fit Improve Your Yoga Technique?
An in-depth review of the yoga offered by the Nintendo Wii Fit system by About.com's yoga expert.
Get Individualized Attention With Viniyoga
Learn about the history and methods of viniyoga, which emphasizes adapting yoga poses to each individual student.
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.
Yoga Mat Owner's Manual
A yoga mat is essential yoga equipment. Find out how to buy, care for, and accessorize your mat.
Balancing Your Hips Can Prevent Back Pain....
A series of standing yoga poses that offer hamstring and hip stretches for back pain relief.
Alternate Nostril Breathing - It's Not as Hard...
Alternate nostril breathing is a calming, relaxing pranayama exercise that can actually decrease blood pressure. Our step by step instructions make it easy.
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.
Does Hot Yoga Really Make You Sweat Out Toxins?
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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.
How to Make Sitting Cross-Legged More Comfortable
Yoga teachers often tell us to take a comfortable, cross-legged seat. What are the options?
All About Lululemon: The Pants, the Price Tag,...
Lululemon Athletica is a very successful purveyor of yoga clothing with a cult following. See what makes their yoga pants special and relive some of their public relations gaffes.
3 Variations of the Side Plank
Variations on Side Plank - Vasisthasana for beginners and prenatal yoga.
How to Do Awkward Chair Pose - Utkatasana
Ever try sitting in a chair with no chair? That's the idea behind Awkward Chair pose in yoga. As you can imagine, it really strengthens your thighs.
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.
Yoga Seated Hip Stretches Sequence
This is a series of seated yoga poses that stretches and opens the hips.
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.
How to Down Dog in Your Living Room: Starting a...
Advice on starting a home practice.
How Old is Yoga? The History of Modern Yoga Asana
If you've done yoga for awhile (or even if you haven't ever done it, for that matter), you've probably come across the idea that yoga is really old. Maybe as old as 5,000 years. But is this story about yoga's ancient roots based in truth? Let's take a look.
Is Your Yoga Mat a Little Funky? Here's How to...
Read our advice before you try to wash your yoga mat since some cleaners can damage your mat.
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.
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.
Want to Switch to a Rubber Yoga Mat? Here's a...
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.

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