Yoga Poses (Asanas) Explained

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog)

One of the most widely recognized yoga poses, Downward-Facing Dog is an all-over, rejuvenating stretch.

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

This posture promotes flexibility in the spine and encourages the chest to open.

Dandasana (Staff Pose)

In Dandasana the legs are very active, even though it looks like you're just sitting there. This pose also benefits the stomach and kidneys.

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

The quintessential yoga pose, Padmasana requires open hips and consistent practice.

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

Although it looks simple, this pose is sometimes called the hardest pose in yoga. The goal is to distribute your weight evenly over both feet to encourage balance and elasticity in the spine.

Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)

Triangle Pose strengthens leg muscles and ankles. It can also relieve back and neck pain, and get rid of stiffness in the hips.

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend)

This pose stretches the spine and tones the liver, spleen and kidneys. It can also ease a stomachache or menstrual cramps.

Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

This pose tones leg muscles and promotes balance.