Yoga Poses for Beginners: How-to, Tips, Benefits, Images, Videos

The Yoga Poses for Beginners library serves as a comprehensive intro guide to the most popular yoga poses and sequences.

Becoming familiar with and learning these poses should get you through a class in any of the types of yoga styles. 

Please keep in mind, these are just some of the most common poses to look at (and not necessarily practice). If you'd like to get started with yoga, you should take a look at The Complete Guide To Yoga Video Course here at MindBodyGreen.

Seated Yoga Poses

Seated Yoga Poses - Grounding and calming, these poses provide some of our deepest muscle opening and twisting.

Yoga Poses for Beginners - Standing Poses

Standing Yoga Poses
- Good for strength, balance and focus. These energetic poses provide a straight line to shaping our best body.

Yoga Poses for Beginners - Arm Balances

Arm Balances
- These yoga poses are good for strength, body awareness and focus, providing some fun challenges for every body.

Backbend Yoga Poses

- Opening up in the spine and chest feels great and strengthens our connection to intuition.


- Good for balance and concentration, as well as circulation.

Core Poses

Core Poses - These poses will strengthen your core and get your abs beach ready!

Poses for Weight Loss

Yoga Poses for Weight Loss
- These poses will help you shed unwanted pounds!

Restorative Poses

Restorative Poses -
These yoga poses are great for winding down and connecting to our breath.

Poses for Back Pain

Yoga Poses for Back Pain
- Whether the origins are some acute injury or long-term stress, there are a few simple poses that can help with back pain.

Sequences & Yoga Moves

Yoga Sequences & Moving (Videos) - How we move and breathe is much more important than the exact shape of our poses, for clearing our bodies and minds and creating our own best health.

Yoga Poses for Beginners - Videos

Yoga Pose Videos
- Watch Michael Taylor take you through a number of yoga poses step-by-step.

For more, check out The Complete Guide To Yoga Video Course here at MindBodyGreen>>

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About the Author

Mike is a guide and resident healer at Strala Yoga in New York. Named “Best Mover” by MindBodyGreen and one of Shape Magazine’s Hottest Trainers, he’s practiced Eastern movement and healing techniques for more than three decades, including tai chi, qigong, and shiatsu.

In his younger years, Mike challenged centuries of reasonable and well-tested martial traditions in hundreds of competitions, by applying unruly imagination to a world where rules were unbreakable. As he got older, he happily become more interested in supporting bodies than disrupting them, and continued on to medical applications of the mind-body connection in university.

Mike studied mind-body medicine at Harvard, and alternative medicine and psychology at Oxford. After running into walls with standard medical practice in the U.S. and England, Mike left his healthcare roots. He worked at a steel mill for a while, joined a web company, and then founded a few more. He now serves on the board of Odyl, which helps people discover books on Facebook.

As Strala's co-founder, Mike has found his way back to health care done right: helping people let go of stress in their bodies and minds, become their own best caregivers, and live happy capable lives. Mike is a mountaineer, runner, cyclist, skier, and snowboarder. Check out Michael's MBG Video Course, The Complete Guide To Yoga.