Your Definitive Guide to All the Yoga Lingo

Jul 24, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. ET
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You know the benefits of yoga are endless: increased flexibility and strength, improved respiration, improved energy and sleep. It even helps with stress reduction and has been proven to be an effective tool for depression, addiction recovery and other anxiety-related disorders. That's probably why you finally worked up the courage to try a yoga class. 

And as if getting sweaty and bendy in leggings in a room filled with strangers wasn’t intimidating enough, you have to learn a whole new “yogi” lingo. Like, what exactly is a Downward Dog? What are Sun Salutations, and why do you need to do them? How do they help your body get fit and help your mind find some Zen?

To help break it down, we reached out to Tracee Dolan, a yoga instructor at Privé Swiss Fitness, an award-winning boutique fitness studio in Connecticut, to help answer the questions you’re likely having as a newbie yogi.  

1 /21: Yoga

Yoga
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1/21 :Yoga

2 /21: Asana

Asana
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2/21 :Asana

3 /21: Bikram

Bikram
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3/21 :Bikram

4 /21: Chakra

Chakra
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4/21 :Chakra

5 /21: Chaturanga

Chaturanga
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5/21 :Chaturanga

6 /21: Child's Pose

Child's pose
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6/21 :Child's Pose

7 /21: Downward-Facing Dog

Downward-facing dog
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7/21 :Downward-Facing Dog

8 /21: Hatha

Hatha
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8/21 :Hatha

9 /21: Kapalabhati Breathing

Kapalabhati Breathing
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9/21 :Kapalabhati Breathing

10 /21: Moksha Flow

Moksha Flow
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10/21 :Moksha Flow

11 /21: Mountain Pose

Mountain Pose
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11/21 :Mountain Pose

12 /21: Namaste

Namaste
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12/21 :Namaste

13 /21: Prana

Prana
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13/21 :Prana

14 /21: Savasana

Savasana
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14/21 :Savasana

15 /21: Sun Salutations

Sun Salutations
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15/21 :Sun Salutations

16 /21: Toppling Tree

Toppling Tree
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16/21 :Toppling Tree

17 /21: Tree Pose

Tree Pose
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17/21 :Tree Pose

18 /21: Vinyasa

Vinyasa
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18/21 :Vinyasa

19 /21: Warrior I

Warrior I
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19/21 :Warrior I

20 /21: Warrior II

Warrior II
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20/21 :Warrior II

21 /21: Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga
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21/21 :Yin Yoga