yoga poses

reclining big toe pose (supta padangusthasana) – a restorative pose to alleviate lower back pain

Reclining Big Toe Pose, or Supta Padangusthasana in Sanskrit, is a restorative pose with many benefits. This is one of the best poses to increase flexibility in your hamstrings, and it also stretches your calves, thighs, hips and groins. You

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wide-legged standing forward bend (prasarita padottanasana)

Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend, or Prasarita Padottanasana in Sanskrit, stretches and strengthens your back and legs. This pose can be difficult for some, so you can work up to it with poses like High Lunge, Five Pointed Star, Standing Forward

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gate pose (parighasana) the neglected asana offering great benefits and low impact

Gate Pose, or Parighasana in Sanskrit, is a great stretching and opening pose that makes you feel strong and graceful. This pose has many benefits, including stretching your hamstrings, sides and back and opening your shoulders and chest. In addition,

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legs-up-the-wall pose (viparita karani) take pressure off the lower back with this restorative yoga pose

Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose is a simple restorative pose that helps you relax and provides many benefits. It is beneficial for tired legs, it eases back pain and it gives a stretch in the neck, legs and torso. It is also a

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easy pose (sukhasana) the yoga pose you have always done, yet never realized..

Easy Pose, or Sukhasana in Sanskrit, is one of the most basic poses in yoga and meditation. This pose is perfect for the start of a yoga class, to calm down, focus on your breathing and scan your body to

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staff pose (dandasana) from stretch to arm balance, how far can you take it?

While Staff Pose, or Dandasana in Sanskrit, seems simple, it is actually an involved pose with more to focus on than you might realize at first. Among other benefits, this seated pose stretches your hamstrings and calves, improves your posture

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bridge pose – half wheel (setu bandha sarvangasana) A solid backbend for all levels of practice.

Bridge Pose, or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana in Sanskrit, is a backbend and a mild inversion, which means you bring your bottom half above your top half so the heart is above the head. While this pose is much easier to

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wheel pose (urdhva dhanurasana) Open up the shoulders and work the core with this intense backbend.

Wheel Pose, also known as Upward Bow or Urdhva Dhanurasana in Sanskrit, is an advanced backbend. You can use other backbends like Cobra Pose, Upward-Facing Dog Pose and Bridge Pose to work up to this one. Also, it’s beneficial to stretch

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open your hips and strengthen your legs with a lunge series

If you have tight hips and you’re looking to stretch and strengthen your legs, this exercise will be great for you. Since you work on one side at a time, this exercise can also improve your balance and encourage proper

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camel pose (ustrasana) An intermediate backbend to stretch and strengthen the back and core

Camel Pose, or Ustrasana in Sanskrit, is a backbend that stretches and strengthens your back. It is also great for improving rounded shoulders. Camel Pose can be difficult for beginners, so you might want to warm up to it by

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