Yoga is a spiritual, ascetic and physical set of practices focusing on breathing, movement, posture, and meditation. Yoga, translated as ‘union’ or ‘connection,’ is an ancient Hindu teaching that is undergone for a variety of purposes including health, relaxation, rehabilitation, and exercise. Most commonly understood as the physical practice of Hatha yoga in the Western world, yoga is performed through a series of asanas (yoga poses) and pranayama (breathing exercises) meant to prepare the body for a combined spiritual and meditative experience. Asanas include many interrelated poses that combine reclining, standing, inversion, twisting, balancing, and sitting postures for specific beneficial effects.

How do you become a yoga instructor?

To become a yoga instructor, a teacher training that includes coursework in anatomy, physiology, instructional techniques, and yoga philosophy needs to be completed. After the completion of the program, budding instructors can apply for registration by the Yoga Alliance for the Registered Yoga Teacher (RTY) credential. Most professionals in the industry continue to earn educational credits by attending workshops and seminars.

How many calories does yoga burn?

The number of calories burned doing yoga depends on the type of yoga and the length and intensity of the class. According to the Mayo Clinic, a 160 pound person may burn around 183 calories in an hour long Hatha (basic) yoga class. However, the same person may burn 460 calories in a Bikram (also known as hot yoga) yoga class.


How often should you do yoga?

The frequency of yoga practice should be an individual decision depending on personal goals and preferences. The benefits of yoga can be received if practiced every day, but those same benefits can also be received from practicing once weekly or biweekly.

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Archer’s Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-N
50
Archer’s Pose
50
3D
Archer’s Pose
Bharadvaja’s Twist
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-R
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-J
45
Bharadvaja’s Twist
45
3D
Bharadvaja’s Twist
Big Toe Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-O
Guide-2-I
250
Big Toe Pose
250
3D
Big Toe Pose
Boat Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-H
3600
Boat Pose
3600
3D
Boat Pose
Bound Angle Headstand Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-C
5
Bound Angle Headstand Pose
5
3D
Bound Angle Headstand Pose
Bound Side Crow Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-G
Guide-2-D
Guide-2-R
Guide-2-A
5
Bound Side Crow Pose
5
3D
Bound Side Crow Pose
Bow Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-F
Guide-2-B
3400
Bow Pose
3400
3D
Bow Pose
Bridge Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-Q
4900
Bridge Pose
4900
3D
Bridge Pose
Bridge Pose - Elbows
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-Q
0
Bridge Pose - Elbows
0
3D
Bridge Pose - Elbows
Butterfly Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-I
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-N
3450
Butterfly Pose
3450
3D
Butterfly Pose
Camel Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-F
4400
Camel Pose
4400
3D
Camel Pose
Cat Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-L
Guide-2-H
3700
Cat Pose
3700
3D
Cat Pose
Chair Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-O
Guide-2-H
1800
Chair Pose
1800
3D
Chair Pose
Child's Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-I
Guide-2-L
6750
Child's Pose
6750
3D
Child's Pose
Cobra Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-F
7300
Cobra Pose
7300
3D
Cobra Pose
Compass Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-F
Guide-2-D
Guide-2-N
500
Compass Pose
500
3D
Compass Pose
Corpse Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-E
Guide-2-Q
2300
Corpse Pose
2300
3D
Corpse Pose
Cow Face Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-J
2200
Cow Face Pose
2200
3D
Cow Face Pose
Cow Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-L
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-F
1500
Cow Pose
1500
3D
Cow Pose
Crane Pose | Crow Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-A
11100
Crane Pose | Crow Pose
11100
3D
Crane Pose | Crow Pose
Crocodile Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-M
Guide-2-F
400
Crocodile Pose
400
3D
Crocodile Pose
Destroyer of the Universe Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-G
Guide-2-O
Guide-2-D
Guide-2-R
90
Destroyer of the Universe Pose
90
3D
Destroyer of the Universe Pose
Dolphin Plank Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-A
150
Dolphin Plank Pose
150
3D
Dolphin Plank Pose
Dolphin Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-O
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-K
3800
Dolphin Pose
3800
3D
Dolphin Pose
Downward Facing Dog Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-I
Guide-2-O
Guide-2-P
6750
Downward Facing Dog Pose
6750
3D
Downward Facing Dog Pose
Eagle Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-O
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-C
3700
Eagle Pose
3700
3D
Eagle Pose
Easy Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-J
800
Easy Pose
800
3D
Easy Pose
Eight-Angle Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-A
300
Eight-Angle Pose
300
3D
Eight-Angle Pose
Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-C
Guide-2-O
150
Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose
150
3D
Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose
Extended Puppy Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-I
Guide-2-L
350
Extended Puppy Pose
350
3D
Extended Puppy Pose
Extended Side Angle Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-O
1600
Extended Side Angle Pose
1600
3D
Extended Side Angle Pose
Fallen Angel Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-R
Guide-2-A
Guide-2-K
250
Fallen Angel Pose
250
3D
Fallen Angel Pose
Feathered Peacock Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-C
Guide-2-K
100
Feathered Peacock Pose
100
3D
Feathered Peacock Pose
Fire Log Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-J
700
Fire Log Pose
700
3D
Fire Log Pose
Firefly Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-A
900
Firefly Pose
900
3D
Firefly Pose
Fish Out of Hero Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-Q
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-G
5
Fish Out of Hero Pose
5
3D
Fish Out of Hero Pose
Fish Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-Q
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-F
2300
Fish Pose
2300
3D
Fish Pose
Forearm Stand Eagle Legs Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-G
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-C
Guide-2-D
0
Forearm Stand Eagle Legs Pose
0
3D
Forearm Stand Eagle Legs Pose
Formidable Face Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-A
Guide-2-K
5
Formidable Face Pose
5
3D
Formidable Face Pose
Four-Limbed Staff Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-A
170
Four-Limbed Staff Pose
170
3D
Four-Limbed Staff Pose
Frog Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-M
3200
Frog Pose
3200
3D
Frog Pose
Full Boat Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-C
150
Full Boat Pose
150
3D
Full Boat Pose
Full King Pigeon Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-F
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-Q
Guide-2-L
2050
Full King Pigeon Pose
2050
3D
Full King Pigeon Pose
Garland Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-O
1100
Garland Pose
1100
3D
Garland Pose
Gate Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-L
2000
Gate Pose
2000
3D
Gate Pose
Half Boat Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-C
150
Half Boat Pose
150
3D
Half Boat Pose
Half Bound Lotus Standing Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-D
Guide-2-O
5
Half Bound Lotus Standing Pose
5
3D
Half Bound Lotus Standing Pose
Half Bow Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-M
150
Half Bow Pose
150
3D
Half Bow Pose
Half Frog Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-M
Guide-2-F
Guide-2-B
400
Half Frog Pose
400
3D
Half Frog Pose
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-R
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-J
600
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
600
3D
Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
Half Lotus Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-N
300
Half Lotus Pose
300
3D
Half Lotus Pose
Half Moon Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-O
Guide-2-C
2600
Half Moon Pose
2600
3D
Half Moon Pose
Half Pigeon Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-L
Guide-2-J
900
Half Pigeon Pose
900
3D
Half Pigeon Pose
Half Wheel Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-O
80
Half Wheel Pose
80
3D
Half Wheel Pose
Handstand
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-A
8100
Handstand
8100
3D
Handstand
Handstand Eagle Legs Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-A
Guide-2-D
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-G
0
Handstand Eagle Legs Pose
0
3D
Handstand Eagle Legs Pose
Handstand Scorpion Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-A
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-G
20
Handstand Scorpion Pose
20
3D
Handstand Scorpion Pose
Happy Baby Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-Q
Guide-2-H
7000
Happy Baby Pose
7000
3D
Happy Baby Pose
Hare Pose | Rabbit Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-I
Guide-2-L
1060
Hare Pose | Rabbit Pose
1060
3D
Hare Pose | Rabbit Pose
Head to Knee Forward Bend Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-I
70
Head to Knee Forward Bend Pose
70
3D
Head to Knee Forward Bend Pose
Hero Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-L
Guide-2-N
3200
Hero Pose
3200
3D
Hero Pose
Heron Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-L
300
Heron Pose
300
3D
Heron Pose
High Lunge Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-O
200
High Lunge Pose
200
3D
High Lunge Pose
Killer Praying Mantis Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-L
Guide-2-R
Guide-2-D
5
Killer Praying Mantis Pose
5
3D
Killer Praying Mantis Pose
Knee Chest Chin Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-L
0
Knee Chest Chin Pose
0
3D
Knee Chest Chin Pose
Knee to Ear Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-D
Guide-2-L
5
Knee to Ear Pose
5
3D
Knee to Ear Pose
Legs Up the Wall Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-Q
1400
Legs Up the Wall Pose
1400
3D
Legs Up the Wall Pose
Lion Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-E
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-F
Guide-2-N
600
Lion Pose
600
3D
Lion Pose
Lizard Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-O
2000
Lizard Pose
2000
3D
Lizard Pose
Locust Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-M
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-F
2800
Locust Pose
2800
3D
Locust Pose
Lord of the Dance Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-O
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-F
Guide-2-C
400
Lord of the Dance Pose
400
3D
Lord of the Dance Pose
Lord of the Fishes Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-D
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-R
Guide-2-N
300
Lord of the Fishes Pose
300
3D
Lord of the Fishes Pose
Lord of the Fishes Pose II
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-R
Guide-2-N
0
Lord of the Fishes Pose II
0
3D
Lord of the Fishes Pose II
Lotus Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-E
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-N
4700
Lotus Pose
4700
3D
Lotus Pose
Lotus in Shoulder Stand Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-C
Guide-2-K
0
Lotus in Shoulder Stand Pose
0
3D
Lotus in Shoulder Stand Pose
Low Lunge Mermaid Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-L
0
Low Lunge Mermaid Pose
0
3D
Low Lunge Mermaid Pose
Low Lunge Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-L
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-F
200
Low Lunge Pose
200
3D
Low Lunge Pose
Marichi’s Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-R
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-J
40
Marichi’s Pose
40
3D
Marichi’s Pose
Monkey Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-J
600
Monkey Pose
600
3D
Monkey Pose
Monkey Side Plank Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-R
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-A
Guide-2-G
10
Monkey Side Plank Pose
10
3D
Monkey Side Plank Pose
Mountain Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-O
Guide-2-E
Guide-2-F
5300
Mountain Pose
5300
3D
Mountain Pose
Net-Bearer Bond Pose
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-E
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-N
0
Net-Bearer Bond Pose
0
3D
Net-Bearer Bond Pose
Noose Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-O
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-R
Guide-2-J
200
Noose Pose
200
3D
Noose Pose
One Handed Tree Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-A
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-G
30
One Handed Tree Pose
30
3D
One Handed Tree Pose
One Legged Bridge Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-Q
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-B
5
One Legged Bridge Pose
5
3D
One Legged Bridge Pose
One Legged Downward Dog Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-I
5
One Legged Downward Dog Pose
5
3D
One Legged Downward Dog Pose
One Legged Forearm Wheel Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-Q
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-K
0
One Legged Forearm Wheel Pose
0
3D
One Legged Forearm Wheel Pose
One Legged Headstand
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-C
0
One Legged Headstand
0
3D
One Legged Headstand
One Legged King Pigeon Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-B
200
One Legged King Pigeon Pose
200
3D
One Legged King Pigeon Pose
One Legged King Pigeon Pose II
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-L
Guide-2-B
5
One Legged King Pigeon Pose II
5
3D
One Legged King Pigeon Pose II
One Legged Side Plank Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-K
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-A
5
One Legged Side Plank Pose
5
3D
One Legged Side Plank Pose
One Legged Wheel Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-B
Guide-2-O
Guide-2-K
5
One Legged Wheel Pose
5
3D
One Legged Wheel Pose
Peacock Pose
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-P
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-A
1200
Peacock Pose
1200
3D
Peacock Pose
Plank Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-A
Guide-2-H
Guide-2-P
2000
Plank Pose
2000
3D
Plank Pose
Plow Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-Q
Guide-2-K
2700
Plow Pose
2700
3D
Plow Pose
Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya I
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-R
Guide-2-A
5
Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya I
5
3D
Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya I
Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya II
Guide-1-C
Guide-2-R
Guide-2-A
5
Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya II
5
3D
Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya II
Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi I
Guide-1-A
Guide-2-J
Guide-2-I
Guide-2-D
5
Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi I
5
3D
Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi I
Pyramid Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-I
Guide-2-O
1760
Pyramid Pose
1760
3D
Pyramid Pose
Reclined Hero Pose
Guide-1-B
Guide-2-N
Guide-2-J
250
Reclined Hero Pose
250
3D
Reclined Hero Pose
Standing Split Pose (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana)
Group of scaled yoga drawings of women performing the Standing Split Pose

Standing Split Pose is a standing balance that stretches the quads and hamstrings. A misconception of Standing Split Pose is the focus being how high one can lift the leg. In reality, this posture is about the stretch, not how high the leg is. Yogi’s with ankle, knee, or low back injury use caution.

To do Standing Split Pose, there are a few different ways to get into the posture. The basics of Standing Split Pose are to stand on one foot, bringing the hands to the mat, and lifting the other leg to the sky while bringing the crown of the head towards the mat.

A series of illustrated yoga poses with men performing the Standing Split Pose
Standing Split Pose is a standing balance that stretches the quads and hamstrings. A misconception of Standing Split Pose is the focus being how high one can lift the leg. In reality, this posture is about the stretch, not how high the leg is. Yogi’s with ankle, knee, or low back injury use caution.

To do Standing Split Pose, there are a few different ways to get into the posture. The basics of Standing Split Pose are to stand on one foot, bringing the hands to the mat, and lifting the other leg to the sky while bringing the crown of the head towards the mat.

A series of illustrated yoga poses with men performing the Standing Split Pose
Standing Split Pose (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana)
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Sanskrit Name
Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana

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Full Boat Pose (Navasana)
A series of scaled yoga illustrations of men performing the Full Boat Pose

Full Boat Pose is an intermediate, core strengthening exercise that also helps build strength in the hip flexors, muscles that help to lift the leg. Some preparatory postures to Full Boat Pose include Downward Facing Dog and Forward Fold. A Full Boat Pose can be followed up by Bound Angle or Chair Pose. There are a few modifications to Full Boat as well as ways to increase the intensity of the posture.

To do Full Boat Pose sit on the mat with legs out front and lean back, keeping the spine straight. Bend the knees then lift the legs, making the shape of a “v” with the body. Next, lift the arms straight up and out and balance.

Set of drawings of women performing the Full Boat Pose
Full Boat Pose is an intermediate, core strengthening exercise that also helps build strength in the hip flexors, muscles that help to lift the leg. Some preparatory postures to Full Boat Pose include Downward Facing Dog and Forward Fold. Full Boat Pose can be followed by Bound Angle or Chair Pose.

To do Full Boat Pose sit on the mat with legs out front and lean back, keeping the spine straight. Bend the knees then lift the legs, making the shape of a “v” with the body. Next, lift the arms straight up and out and balance.

Set of drawings of women performing the Full Boat Pose
Full Boat Pose (Navasana)
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Sanskrit Name
Navasana

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Reclined Hero Pose | Saddle Pose (Supta Virasana)
Pair of elevation drawings of men practicing yoga in the Reclined Hero Pose (Saddle Pose)

Reclined Hero Pose is an intermediate hip-opener done from a seated position. Reclined Hero Pose gives the quadriceps, knees, ankles, and abdomen a deep stretch as well as opens the chest. Yogi’s be careful not to overdo this one, take it slow, it is a very deep stretch for the knees. Be mindful to stop if feeling any pain. Props can be used to help until the full expression can be reached.

To do Reclined Hero Pose move into the regular Hero Pose, with the knees bend sitting back on the ankles. Next, slowly begin to lean back and lower the elbows to the mat. If available, continue to move until the entire back is laid on the mat.

Illustrated yoga poses of women performing the Reclined Hero Pose (Saddle Pose)
Reclined Hero Pose is an intermediate hip-opener done from a seated position. Reclined Hero Pose gives the quadriceps, knees, ankles, and abdomen a deep stretch as well as opens the chest. Yogi’s be careful not to overdo this one, take it slow, it is a very deep stretch for the knees.

To do Reclined Hero Pose move into the regular Hero Pose, with the knees bend sitting back on the ankles. Next, slowly begin to lean back and lower the elbows to the mat. If available, continue to move until the entire back is laid on the mat.

Illustrated yoga poses of women performing the Reclined Hero Pose (Saddle Pose)
Reclined Hero Pose | Saddle Pose (Supta Virasana)
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Sanskrit Name
Supta Virasana

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Crocodile Pose (Makarasana)
Group of scaled yoga drawings of women performing the Crocodile Pose

Crocodile Pose is a chest-opening, beginner posture. Crocodile Pose is known to be deeply restorative in its nature and can provide any Yogi with great relief by calming the nervous system. Crocodile Pose is beneficial in between backbend or back strengthening postures because it relieves tension in the back. Yogi’s with knee issues use caution.

To do Crocodile Pose, begin by laying on the stomach and bend the right knee maintaining a 45 degree angle, keeping the left leg straight back. Place the hands underneath the left cheek for support. Crocodile Pose can be experienced for up to 15 minutes at a time before switching sides! As always, remember to breathe deeply to receive all benefits of this restorative posture.

A series of illustrated yoga poses with men performing the Crocodile Pose
Crocodile Pose is a chest-opening, beginner posture. Crocodile Pose is known to be deeply restorative in its nature and can provide any Yogi with great relief by calming the nervous system. Crocodile Pose is beneficial in between backbend or back strengthening postures.

To do Crocodile Pose, begin by laying on the stomach and bend the right knee maintaining a 45 degree angle, keeping the left leg straight back. Place the hands underneath the left cheek for support. Crocodile Pose can be experienced for up to 15 minutes at a time before switching sides! As always, remember to breathe deeply to receive all benefits of this restorative posture.

A series of illustrated yoga poses with men performing the Crocodile Pose
Crocodile Pose (Makarasana)
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Sanskrit Name
Makarasana

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Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Pair of elevation drawings of women performing the Downward Facing Dog Pose

Downward Facing Dog, or more commonly known as Down Dog, is a primary yoga posture typically used multiple times within a series during practice. Considered an inversion posture, Downward Facing Dog is known to stretch the whole body while creating length and strength in the spine. Down Dog helps to relieve pain in the back as well as strengthen bones due to the weight-bearing nature of the pose. Energetically, Down Dog helps the yogi gain confidence while seeing life from a different perspective.

To do Downward Facing Dog, it is easy to begin on hands and feet. Push into the hands, grounding the fingers into the mat, lift the hips to the sky, bend the knees as much as necessary to create a straight back and length in the spine.

Multiple yoga poses of men performing the Downward Facing Dog Pose
Downward Facing Dog, or more commonly known as Down Dog, is a primary yoga posture typically used multiple times within a series during practice. Considered an inversion posture, Downward Facing Dog is known to stretch the whole body while creating length and strength in the spine.

To do Downward Facing Dog, it is easy to begin on hands and feet. Push into the hands, grounding the fingers into the mat, lift the hips to the sky, bend the knees as much as necessary to create a straight back and length in the spine.

Multiple yoga poses of men performing the Downward Facing Dog Pose
Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
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Benefits (Physical): Stretches whole back, ankles, calves, hamstrings, spine, chest, shoulders
Benefits (Core): Calms mind, blood circulation, energizes body
Modifications: Use a belt loop around upper arms, belt loop on upper legs
Variations: Incase the stretch by lifting onto the balls of your feet

Sanskrit Name
Adho Mukha Svanasana

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