10 Most Popular Yoga Poses

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The Lotus Pose

The Lotus Pose is effective in establishing a steady pattern of breathing as you progress through series of yoga poses, like the Sun Salutations or the more fast-paced Vinyasa series.

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Downward Facing Dog

start on all fours and walk your hands a bit forward until you find a comfortable angle for when you slowly lift your knees off the ground. Keep your back and your legs straight as your body shifts into a full upside down V position.

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Half Lord of the Fishes

Also known as Ardha Matsyendrasana, the Half Lord of the Fishes is one of the most popular sit and twist yoga poses that stretch the shoulders and hips and energize the spine.

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Head to Knee Forward Bend

The Head to Knee Forward Bend, or the Janu Sirsasana, is one of the forward bend yoga poses that are also considered as a twist pose. It is recommended for students of yoga for beginners as well as for those in more advanced levels.

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The Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana

Backbends are one category of poses taught to students of yoga for beginners as well as for students in the intermediate and advanced levels. The Cobra Pose is one of the most popular backbend poses, and is known to stretch the spine,

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The Crane Pose

Also called Bakasana, this pose is generally considered as a core pose; meaning, it is known to work and target the core muscles while engaging the arm and leg muscles as well.

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The Supported Shoulderstand

The Supported Shoulderstand is an inversion pose, and is among the easier ones in the category. It is known to tone the legs, firm the buttocks, stretch the neck and shoulders, and stimulate prostate glands and abdominal organs.

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Trikonasana or Triangle Pose

The Triangle Pose can be done by students of all levels and is considered as the quintessential standing pose that crosses over to many styles of yoga. The physical focus of this pose is on the thighs, although it also strengthens the knees and ankles,

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