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10 Yoga Stretches You Should Do Every Day
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.
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.
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.
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.
What to Expect from a Hatha Yoga Class
Hatha yoga has an official meaning and also a common usage that differs slightly. Find out more about this gentle yoga style.
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.
Pelvic Tilts - A Simple Little Exercise That...
This little animation shows you the movement you are going for when learning the pelvic tilt.
How to Do a Sun Salutation
As you move through the sun salutation, you next come into a forward bend, then a flat back (ardha uttanasana). Confused? Check out our photos of each pose. Page 2.
Types of Yoga - The Essential 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.
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.
The Simplest and Most Essential Yoga Poses for...
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.
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.
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!
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 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
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.
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.
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 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.
Cat-Cow Stretch - Chakravakasana
Cow pose, done on all fours with the belly dropped, is the starting position for a cat-cow stretch (chakravakasana) in yoga. Our photos show you how.
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.
How to Go Through the Warrior Poses in Sequence
A guide to five classic yoga warrior poses: warrior I, warrior II, warrior III, reverse warrior and humble warrior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Why Yoga? 10 Good Reasons to Give it a Try
Is everyone you know doing yoga? Are you wondering why? Here are ten reasons why you should do yoga too.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Approach Yoga From the Far Side of 40
How to let your yoga practice age gracefully, plus tips for starting yoga after 40.
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.
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 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.
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.
The 7 Best Pairs of Basic Yoga Pants for Women
A round-up of the best yoga pants for women for all shapes and sizes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Work on Your Flexibility with These 4 Yoga...
Cobra Pose - Bhujangasana is a gentle backbend than can improve the flexibility of the spine and prevent back pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anusara Yoga: The John Friend Scandal and Beyond
History and methodology of Anusara yoga, including founder John Friend's ongoing scandal.
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.
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.
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.
The 7 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.
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.
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.
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.
Improve Your Posture with the Raised Hands Pose
Instructions, pictures, and beginner's alignment tips for Raised Hands Pose - Urdhva Hastasana, a whole body stretch.
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.
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.
The Yoga Moves You Can Do on a Plane
Airplane yoga adapts yoga poses into stretches you can do in a confining airplane seat or while waiting in the airport. These stretches can help relieve stress and cramped muscles.
Yoga Prop Hacks: How to Use Everyday Items as...
Yoga props can be a great benefit to beginning yoga students. A block lifts the floor closer to your
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.
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.
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.
Crow Pose - Bakasana
Step-by-step instructions will get you into crow pose, a yoga arm balance.
Standing Yoga Poses Sequence
Next, reach forward into extended side angle.
Bird of Paradise Pose - Svarga Dvidasana
Bird of Paradise Pose - Svarga Dvidasana is an advanced standing, bound, balancing pose. Sound challenging? It is!
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.
Relieve Cramps With These 6 Yoga Poses for Your...
Recommendation for a healthy yoga practice during menstruation.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 Start Yoga When You're Overweight
Information and special concerns for plus-size people who want to try yoga and advice on how to start yoga when you are overweight.
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.
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.
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.
Does Hot Yoga Really Make You Sweat Out Toxins?
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Yoga Restorative Poses Photo Gallery
In restorative yoga poses, your body is supported by props so you can relax and open at the same time.
Strengthen Your Legs with Warrior I Pose
Detailed instructions for the Warrior I, including important alignment points and adaptations.
7 Steps to Preventing Injury at Yoga Class
Like any physical activity, there is a chance you may injure yourself doing yoga, but there are also some steps you can take to minimize the likelihood of this happening. Chief among them are finding good teachers and understanding your own limitations.
DDP Yoga: The Method Behind Arthur Boorman's...
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?
Master the One-Legged King Pigeon Pose in 4 Steps
Often called pigeon pose for short, the full version of eka pada rajakapotasana combines the hip stretch we all know and love with an intense backbend. It's an advanced posture, but we'll take you through the final stages one step at a time.
Your Guide to Yoga Breathing Exercises
Yoga breathing exercises are called pranayama. This is an introduction to basic breathing techniques and their effects.
10 Morning Yoga Poses That Will Wake You Up
Begin the series of morning yoga poses with Supta Padangustasana, a reclined hamstring stretch intended to wake up the legs.
Learn the Classic Upward Facing Dog
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.
5 Yoga Poses That Will Help Improve Your Posture
These yoga poses can help counteract your tendency to hunch as well as increase body awareness, improving your posture.
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.
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.
Prenatal Sun Salutation Sequence
Camper's Pose is part of the Prenatal yoga Sun Salutation.
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.
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.
Garland Pose - Malasana
Garland pose is a wide squat. This yoga pose is called malasana in Sanskrit.
Awkward Chair Pose - Utkatasana
How to do Awkward Chair Yoga Pose - Utkatasana, with photos.
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.
Yin Yoga
Yin Yoga is becoming more and more popular as people seek alternatives to more athletic styles of yoga. This styles involves spending a long time in each pose for a different kind of stretch.
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.
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.
The 8 Best Yoga Poses to Help You Relax
Eight poses for when you just want to relax or need to cool down at the end of a yoga session.
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!
Open Your Heart With These Yoga Poses
Yoga heart openers stretch the front body, an area that gets tight when you spend a lot of time hunched over a computer. Our library offers poses by level.
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.
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.
Asana: Yoga Glossary Definition
Definition of asana, the Sanskrit term used in yoga.
The Sit Bones Connected to the...
Definition of sit bones, an antomical term used in 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.
Dragonfly Pose
Dragonfly yoga pose is a high-flying arm balance. It looks complicated, but step-by-step instructions explain how to get there.
Extended Side Angle Pose Variations - Utthita...
The bound version of Extended Side Angle Pose.
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).
Yoga Journal's Complete Beginner's Guide DVD...
This is the DVD you've been waiting for if you've never done yoga before. The combination of a video pose encyclopedia and three flowing sequences make this an ideal DVD for yoga beginners.
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.
Find the Ideal Yoga Class for Every Personality
What style of yoga will you like best? Identify your yoga type by your personality traits.
Cut to the Chase: How to Use Yoga for Back Pain
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.
Bridge Pose - Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
How to do the yoga backbend Bridge Pose - Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, also known as Half Wheel Pose.
How to Use Yoga to Sleep Better
If you have trouble sleeping, you've probably tried a million different ways to relax. But have you tried yoga?
Yoga Seated Hip Stretches Sequence
Knee to Ankle Pose to open the hips.
Need a Break from Sun Salutations? Try This...
Standing Forward Bend - Uttanasana with hands interlaced is part of the Moon Salutation.
How to Make Sitting Cross-Legged More Comfortable
Yoga teachers often tell us to take a comfortable, cross-legged seat. What are the options?
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.
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.
Anytime Can Be Yoga Time
Are you wondering when to do yoga? Find out what time of day you should do your practice.
See What Basic Yoga Props Look Like
How to use a yoga block.
What is CorePower Yoga?
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.
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?
Get an Intense Hamstring Stretch with the...
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.
Learn the Classic Tree Pose
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.
Mula Bandha: Yoga Glossary Definition
A description of how to do mula bandha, one of three interior body locks used in yoga.
Improve Your Posture with the Hero Pose
Instructions and photos of hero pose - virasana, including modifications for people with knee pain.
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.
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.
Get Your Stretch on with This Yoga Lunge Pose
Though it may not seem like much of a pose, a lunge is a position you'll find yourself in quite a lot in a yoga class. A lunge can be a transitional pose, but it also has a a lot of benefits in its own right.
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.
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