Yoga Poses

Yoga poses are the foundation of practicing Yoga. Yoga poses are called asanas. Each yoga pose has specific benefits for the mind as well as specific benefits for the body.

Beginners sometimes get intimidated by the large amount of Yoga poses. Yoga is a life-long pursuit, and you will have much time to practice, so there is no need for intimidation. As you progress you will feel comfortable learning more and more challenging poses. As a beginner, you want to stick to the most simple poses, which will be staples to your Yoga routine.

While there are many more yoga poses not listed, the following is a list of yoga poses for beginners:

    Seated Yoga Poses
  • Cobbler's Pose - Baddha Konasana
  • Easy Pose - Sukasana
  • Half Lord of the Fishes Pose - Ardha Masyendrasana
  • Head to Knee Pose - Janu Sirsanana
  • Seated Forward Bend - Paschimottanasana
  • Seated Wide Legged Stradle - Upavistha Konasana
  • Staff Pose - Dandasana
    Standing Yoga Poses
  • Downward Facing Dog - Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Extended Side Angle Pose - Utthita Parsvakonasana
  • Mountain Pose - Tadasana
  • Pyramid Pose - Parsvottonasana
  • Raised Hands Pose - Urdhva Hastasana
  • Standing Forward Bend - Uttanasana
  • Standing Straddle Forward Bend - Prasarita Padottanasana
  • Triangle Pose - Trikonasana
  • Warrior I - Virabhadrasana I
  • Warrior II - Virabhadrasana II
  • Bridge Pose - Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
  • Bridge Pose (Supported Version)
  • Cat - Cow Stretch
  • Cobra Pose - Bhujangasana
  • Knees, Chest, and Chin - Ashtanga Namaskara
    Balancing Yoga Poses
  • Plank Pose
  • Hands and Knees Balance
  • Side Plank Variations - Vasisthasana Variations
  • Tree Pose - Vrksasana
    Supine/Resting Yoga Poses
  • Child's Pose - Balasana
  • Corpse Pose - Savasana
  • Goddess Pose - Supta Baddha Konasana
  • Happy Baby Pose - Ananda Balasana
  • Legs Up the Wall - Viparita Karani
  • Pelvic Tilts
  • Reclined Big Toe Pose - Supta Padangusthasana
  • Supine Spinal Twist - Supta Masyendrasana

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