Yoga Poses

Hatha yoga poses are named in both Sanskrit and English. While there are many to choose from, a balanced yoga practice may move the spine in all directions, including flexion, extension, lateral flexion and twist, and provide stretching and strengthening for all major muscle groups. Poses can be supine, prone, seated or standing. Yoga poses stretch and strengthen muscles, and can be held briefly, repeated dynamically, or held several breaths, depending on the purpose. All poses can be modified as needed. Props, such as chairs, blocks, bolsters, straps and walls, can be beneficial. Examples of yoga postures are in the slideshow below. View more example poses in Yoga Journal Magazine.