30 Common Yoga Poses You Can Practice From Your Living Room

by Natalie Kiser

February 7, 2022 at 5:35pm PM EST

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New to yoga? Here's some simple at-home positions you can try in your livingroom. simplehappyart/Adobe Stock

Finding a really good yoga class is a challenge: You need one that’s the right amount of challenging for your body and your skill level, one that’s affordable (studios are expensive!) and workable with your work, life, me-time balance too. Unfortunately, pandemics and schedules be damned, they are harder and harder to come by. There are tons of ways to make at-home yoga work — really good (and free) Youtube classes, livestreams, books and more.

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When I first tried yoga, I bought myself a three-month membership that, while worth it at the time, was just too expensive to justify for much longer. But I loved what yoga did for me and how it made me felt, so I kept up my practice via online classes and free events around my city.

And because I really believe that yoga doesn’t need the frills and thrills of trendy studios, I talked with my friend and certified yoga teacher, Lauren Millea, who was the first one to drag me to a yoga class and who, here, helped our editors break down 30 common and accessible yoga poses that any wannabe yogi can emulate for their own relaxing and rejuvenating yoga class.

While someday you may want to return to your workout classes, it’s good to know that you can get your dose of yoga for free using these 30 GIFs that demonstrate the most common yoga poses you can practice from your living room.

So grab your favorite yoga gear, hydrate and find your center — because class starts whenever you want it to.

A version of this article was originally published in November 2016.

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Standing Backbend Pose

This beginner-level pose is also called Anuvittasana.

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Standing Side Stretch

The Standing Side Stretch strengthens the abdominal muscles, hips and thigh muscles.

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Tree Pose

 The Tree Pose, or Vrksasana, helps strengthen your balance.

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Bound Angle Pose

The Bound Angle Pose is a great hip opener.

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Standing Forward Bend

 Wake up your hamstrings with the Standing Forward Bend.

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Seated Forward Bend

Also great for your hamstrings, stretch it out with the Seated Forward Bend. 

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Side Plank Pose

 Strengthen your arms and wrists with this challenging pose.

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Cat-Cow Pose

 This pose is a great warm-up to your yoga session.

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Runner’s Lunge Pose

 Another great warm-up pose, the Runner's Lunge strengthens your arms, back, hips and legs.

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Warrior I Pose

 The Warrior I Pose is also called Virabhadrasana I.

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Warrior II Pose

 Stretch the hips and build strength with the Warrior II Pose.

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Warrior III Pose

 Build your strength and balance with Warrior III Pose.

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Eagle Pose

 Eagle Pose targets four things: strength, flexibility, endurance and concentration.

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Triangle Pose

 The Triangle Pose engages every part of the body.

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Reversed Triangle Pose

This standing twist will challenge your strength and balance. 

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Dancer’s Pose

Tone and strengthen your leg muscles while opening up the chest with Dancer's Pose.

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Chair Pose

 Aside from working your legs, Chair Pose stimulates the diaphragm.

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Chair Twist

This standing pose strengthens your hips, butt and thighs.

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Dolphin Pose

 Strengthen your shoulders with the Dolphin Pose.

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Chaturanga

The Chaturanga, also known as Low Plank, strengthens your arms and wrists. 

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Pigeon Pose

 The Pigeon Pose is dubbed the king of hip openers.

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Modified Pigeon Pose

 Modify the Pigeon Pose if you feel knee pain or pressure.

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Boat Pose

 Boat Pose is an ab and deep hip flexor strengthener.

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Crow Pose

 This arm-balancing posture is considered the gateway to arm balances.

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Headstand

Headstand, called the King of Asanas, is usually the first inversion most yoga students learn.

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Shoulder Stand to Plow

Shoulder Stand to Plow is usually done at the end of a yoga class.

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Yoga Squat with Twist

This Yoga Squat with a Twist Pose helps improve the flexibility of the muscles around the spine.

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Handstand

Mastering the Handstand seems daunting, but it's doable.

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Lotus Pose

 Open up the hips and stretch the knees and angles with the Lotus Pose.

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Corpse Pose

This pose rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit and is usually done at the end of a class.