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List of Some Yoga Poses
Yoga is a great form of exercise to increase flexibility, enhance balance, and even improve mood. The below is an non-inclusive list of some yoga poses. I'm sure there are many more yoga poses that are not listed here. But these are just some more common ones that I can think of.
Because there are no pictures, one can not easily learn yoga from reading this. You have to go to a class, watch some videos, or read some books with pictures. But these are just here as a "cheat sheet" for those who have already learned these moves and want a reminder of some poses to do if one is doing a quick informal yoga session on their own in their home.
Of course you can always google to pose name for some pictures of the poses elsewhere on the Internet. YogaJournal.com has a good category of poses with illustrations.
Warrior One: a standing pose like a lunge. Feet apart. Arms raised above head in a pose of confidence.
Warrior Two: Similar two warrior one but with the arms outstretched in a horizontal position.
Warrior Three: standing on one leg with both arms in front and your rear leg in horizontal position.
Triangle: From Warrior Two, straighten the knee and put one hand to the front leg.
Superman: lying on belly, do left hand up and right feet up. Then right hand up and left feet up. Then with both hands out and up. And both feet up as if you are flying like superman.
Spinal Alignment: On all fours with both knees and hand on ground. Then left hand and right leg stretch out. Then right hand and left leg stretched out.
Downward facing dog: Both hands and feet on the ground, with your tailbone up in the air as in an inverted V shape.
Child: Knelling poses with arms outstretched on the mat and then behind.
Cat Cow: Knees and and hands on the ground. Arch back up and down.
Runner's Pose: Two hands and one feet in front. One feet in back.
Tree Pose: Stand on one leg.
Chair Pose: As if sitting in an invisible chair. But you have to raise your arms in front of you for balance, otherwise you will fall back (because there is no chair).
Sun Salutation: This is a sequence of moves. Easier if you watch the animation on abc-of-yoga.com
Cobra: legs on mat, head up propped up by hands (nearly straight but with a slight bend).
Full boat: Balance your tailbone on mat, both legs up and hand up.
Seated and Twist: Seated on mat, and twist to the left and then to the right.
Seated butterfly: Seated with legs in a butterfly position.
Head to Knee forward bend: Seated with legs outstretch. Bend head to knee.
Plank: Entire body straight propped up with arms with hands on mat.
Dolphin Plank: Same as Plank but with arms and elbow on mat, rather than just hand.
Where to find Some Yoga Videos
Videos are great for learning yoga as you can see the proper technique. You can find many videos on YouTube if you search any of the above poses.
There are also articles by others who has good video of poses. For example, here is one on some plank poses.