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30 Yoga poses you don't need an expensive studio to teach you

Catherine Conelly is a Senior Love and Health Editor at SheKnows.

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Yoga pose GIFs

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Yoga pose GIFs

Yoga is amazing. But yoga is also expensive.

When I first tried yoga, I bought myself a three-month membership that, while worth it, was just too expensive to justify for much longer. But I loved what yoga did for me, 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 poses.

Instead of beating yourself up for not being able to make the 5 p.m. class or stretching your budget thin, get your dose of yoga using these 30 GIFs that demonstrate the most common yoga poses you can practice from your living room.

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Standing side stretch

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Standing side stretch

Shop this look: Leggings (Liquido Active, $83) and Tank (Liquido Active, $43).

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Tree pose

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Tree pose

Sanskrit name: Vrksasana. "Make sure to place the foot above or below the knee, never on the knee," says Lauren. Shop this look: Leggings (Liquido Active, $83) and Tank (Liquido Active, $43). 

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Bound ankle pose

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Bound ankle pose

Sanskrit name: Baddha Konasana. Shop this look: Leggings (Yogasmoga, $104) and Tank (Yogasmoga, $55).

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Forward fold

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Forward fold

Also known as "big toe pose." Sanskrit name: Padangusthasana. Shop this look: Leggings (Liquido Active, $83) Tank (Liquido Active, $43).

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Seated forward fold

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Seated forward fold

Sanskrit name: Paschimottanasana. Lauren says, "If the hands don't reach the feet use a towel, and keep the spine straight." Shop the look: Leggings (Lima Capri, $18) and Tank (Yogasmoga $56)

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Side plank

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Side plank

Sanskrit name: Vasisthasana. If you need to modify this, Lauren suggests bringing the lower knee to the floor. Shop the look: Leggings (Lima Capri, $18) and Tank (Yogasmoga, $56)

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Cat cow

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Cat cow

Sanskrit name: Bitilasana. Lauren advises, "Don’t over crank the neck when looking up here, just a gentle stretch does the trick." Shop this look: Leggings (Liquido Active, $83) Tank (Liquido Active, $43).

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Runner's lunge

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Runner's lunge

Sanskrit name: Anjaneyasana. Shop this look: Leggings (Liquido Active, $83) Tank (Liquido Active, $43).

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Warrior 1

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Warrior 1

Sanskrit name: Virabhadrassana I. Shop this look: Leggings (Yogasmoga, $96)  and Tank (Liquido Active, $43)

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Warrior 2

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Warrior 2

Sanskrit name: Virabhadrassana II. Shop this look: Leggings (Yogasmoga, $96)  and Tank (Liquido Active, $43)

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Warrior 3

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Warrior 3

Sanskrit name: Virabhadrassana III. Shop this look: Leggings (Yogasmoga, $96)  and Tank (Liquido Active, $43)

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Eagle pose

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Eagle pose

Sanskrit name: Garudasana. Shop this look: Leggings (Liquido Active, $83) and Tank (Liquido Active, $43)

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Triangle pose

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Triangle pose

Sanskrit name: Utthita Trikonasana. Lauren explains, "To modify this pose, place the hand on the shin, however, don’t bear all the weight aka dump into the lower arm." Shop this look: Leggings (Liquido Active, $83) and Tank (Liquido Active, $43) 

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Reverted triangle

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Reverted triangle

Sanskrit name: Parivrtta trikonasana. Lauren suggests using a block to modify if the floor seems too far away. Shop this look: Leggings (Liquido Active, $83) and Tank (Liquido Active, $43)

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Dancer's pose

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Dancer's pose

Sanskrit name: Natarajasana

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Chair pose

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Chair pose

Sanskrit pose: Utkatasana. Lauren's expert tip: "Make sure to gently tuck the tailbone to engage the pelvic floor, no booties sticking out!"

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Chair with twist

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Chair with twist

Sanskrit name: Parivrtta Utkatasana

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Dolphin pose

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Dolphin pose

Sanskrit name: Pincha Mayurasana (the arm balance version of this posture). Lauren explains, "To make this pose easier, clasp the hands; to make it more challenging place the hands parallel to form the number 11 with the forearms." Shop this look: Leggings (Yogasmoga, $104) and Tank (Yogasmoga, $55)

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Chaturanga

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Chaturanga

Lauren says, "To modify bring your knees to the floor, be sure to keep the elbows hugged in close to the body." Shop this look: Leggings (Yogasmoga, $104) and Tank (Yogasmoga, $55).

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Pigeon pose

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Pigeon pose

Sanskrit name: Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (See next slide for modified version). Shop the look: Leggings (Liquido Active, $83) and Tank (Yogasmoga, $56) 

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Modified pigeon pose

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Modified pigeon pose

Shop the look: Leggings (Liquido Active, $83) and Tank (Yogasmoga, $56) 

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Boat pose

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Boat pose

Sanskirt name: Navasana. "To make it even easier, you can use the hands to grab the back of the knees," advises Lauren. Shop the look: Leggings (Liquido Active, $83) and Tank (Yogasmoga, $56) 

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Crow pose

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Crow pose

Sanskrit name: Bakasana. Shop this look: Leggings (Yogasmoga, $90) and Tank (Yogasmoga, $64)

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Headstand

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Headstand

Sanskrit name: Sirsasana. Lauren suggests to start practicing this against the wall. "Once you move into the center of the room, don’t rush to get the feet up, you can keep the knees bent until you feel balanced." And from my own experience, make sure to tighten your core and use your arm strength. You should not be putting weight on your head.

Shop this look: Leggings (Yogasmoga, $90) and Tank (Yogasmoga, $64) 

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Shoulder stand to plow

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Shoulder stand to plow

Sanskrit name: Salamba Sarvangasana, to Halasana, to Karnapidasana.

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Yoga squat with twist

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Yoga squat with twist

Sanskirt name: Malasana.

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Handstand

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Handstand

Sanskirt name: Adho Mukha Vrksasana. Lauren warns, "Only try handstand with an instructor for your first time, but you can always use a wall, try to lightly kick up to avoid punching a hole through the wall."

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Lotus

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Lotus

Sanskrit name: Padma-asana.

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Corpse pose

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Corpse pose

Sanskrit name: Savasana. This should be the last post you do. Lauren says, "Release everything here including the tongue from the roof of the mouth as you let go of the breath." Shop the look: Leggings (Liquido, $83) and Tank (Yogasmoga, $56) 

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