Essential Yoga Poses with Yoga Journal

Yoga Journal’s Essential Poses course is the go-to guide for understanding asana—whether you are new to yoga, a longtime student looking to refine your alignment in foundational poses, or a yoga teacher exploring different ways to safely teach asana. We break down 62 commonly practiced, classical poses with clear step-by-step instruction, and give you all the tools you need for accessing the mind-body benefits of each pose. Sign up now and take your yoga to the next level!
Essential Yoga Poses with Yoga Journal
For 40 years, Yoga Journal, has been a leader in yoga education, providing students and teachers with the resources they need to be effective and safe on the mat and in the classroom. Our Essential Poses course packages that wisdom into easy-to-use lessons for each type of pose, including standing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, inversions, and arm balances. Each comprehensive lesson:
  • Provides in-depth instruction and alignment cues for commonly practiced poses;
  • Explains the physical benefits of each pose;
  • Offers modifications and variations of the poses so that every body can find a version of the practice that works for them;
  • And a sequence that helps you embody and reinforce what you’ve just learned.
  • 6 breathing techniques that will help you stay focused and present in any class and get the most out of poses;
  • A primer on prop use;
  • Tips for smart sequencing that will help make your classes flow;
  • And additional practices that creatively tie together what you’ve learned about all of the poses.
You can go through the course material as slow or fast as you like. It is the ultimate study guide if you are new to yoga and want to feel more prepared before heading to a studio, or if you’ve done yoga before, but feel like need one go-to source for basic alignment information, especially if you are eager to jump start a regular home practice. For teachers, it is an invaluable resource to have on hand as you work on clear, concise pose instruction and sequence building.
Consider Essential Poses a wise friend or gentle teacher, there to help you build or grow a strong foundation for your yoga practice. We hope you find it as useful as we do. Namaste.



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