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10 Yoga Poses for Everyone

  • Photographs by Joshua Kessler; poses by Rama Nina Patella, certified anusara teacher

    Warrior II

    The following poses can be modified for beginners, older adults and those with chronic conditions. Not in any sequential order, they should give you an idea of what you can expect to learn from an experienced yoga instructor. The warrior II pose is good for the hips, strengthens the quadriceps and improves hip flexibility.  

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  • Photographs by Joshua Kessler; poses by Rama Nina Patella, certified anusara teacher

    Tree Pose

    The tree pose is excellent for improving balance.

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  • Photographs by Joshua Kessler; poses by Rama Nina Patella, certified anusara teacher

    Mountain Pose

    Harder than it looks, the mountain pose is the basis for all standing poses. It's good for posture and balance.

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  • Photographs by Joshua Kessler; poses by Rama Nina Patella, certified anusara teacher

    Warrior I

    Good for stretching the hamstrings and hips, the warrior I pose also strengthens the legs.

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  • Photographs by Joshua Kessler; poses by Rama Nina Patella, certified anusara teacher

    Plank

    The plank, which can be modified by putting the knees on the ground, strengthens abdominal muscles and is good for upper body strength and core stability.

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  • Photographs by Joshua Kessler; poses by Rama Nina Patella, certified anusara teacher

    Lunge Pose

    The lunge pose is great for the hips and chest and strengthens the legs.

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  • Photographs by Joshua Kessler; poses by Rama Nina Patella, certified anusara teacher

    Camel Pose

    A perfect antidote to hours spent sitting hunched in front of a computer, the camel pose stretches and opens the chest.

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  • Photographs by Joshua Kessler; poses by Rama Nina Patella, certified anusara teacher

    Bridge Pose

    A block helps make this modified bridge pose into a relaxing, resting position for the back.

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  • Photographs by Joshua Kessler; poses by Rama Nina Patella, certified anusara teacher

    Cobra

    The cobra strengthens the legs, arms and upper back.

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  • Photographs by Joshua Kessler; poses by Rama Nina Patella, certified anusara teacher

    Triangle Pose

    Good for people with arch problems or flat feet, the triangle pose is also good for hip flexibility and balance.

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