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Complete List of Beginner Yoga Poses

Beginners have a lot of reservations for yoga such as flexibility, age, physical appearance, and even gender etc. However, Yoga class welcomes all with open arms.

Below are the best beginner yoga poses and asanas which you can do at home. Each pose comes with its own set of modifications to level up or ease your routine either with props or other household objects.

Exploit the list to learn yoga, make your own beginners yoga sequence or supplement your gym workout.

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Bound Angle / Cobbler’s / Butterfly Pose (Baddha Konasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Great hip opener and posture corrector
  • Stretches and relaxes shoulders and lower back
  • Relieves from neck pain and anxiety
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Cat Pose (Bidalasana / Marjaryasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Relaxes back and tones abdomen
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Rejuvenates body and mind
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Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Improves posture and balance
  • Tones abdomen and thighs
  • Great for athletes and runners
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Child Pose (Balasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Great for stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Relaxes upper back, neck and arms
  • Helps sleep better at night
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Corpse Pose (Savasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Ideal pose for Yoga Nidra and abdominal breathing
  • Helps rejuvenate mentally and physically
  • Best restorative/follow up pose
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Cow Pose (Bitilasana / Goasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Great restorative pose for lower back stiffness
  • Strengthens arms and knees
  • Good for students looking to enhance focus
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Crocodile Pose (Makarasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Greatly centers anxious and depressed mind
  • Restores energy and rejuvenates physically
  • Good for flat feet
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Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Enhances hamstring flexibility and hip flexion
  • Stretches Achilles’ tendons
  • Strengthens wrists, ankles, toes and back
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Easy Pose (Sukhasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stretches and tones inner thighs and ankles
  • Improves posture and ideal for Pranayama
  • Good for flat feet
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Extended Puppy Pose(Uttana Shishosana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stretches and relaxes arms and upper back
  • Aids in weight and fat loss
  • Rejuvenates stressed mind and body
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Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvokonasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Great pose for athletes and dancers
  • Improves body alignments and mental focus
  • Opens hips and strengthens ankles
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Fire Log Pose (Agni Stambhasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Corrects seated posture
  • Good pose to practice abdominal breathing
  • Strengthens toes and feet
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Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stimulates abdominal and reproductive organs
  • Enhances lung capacity
  • Stretches thighs, knee and abdomen
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Four Limbed Staff Pose (Chaturanga Dandasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Strengthens toes and fingers
  • Tones upper back, hips and chest
  • Works great on balance and arm strength
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Frog Pose (Bhekasana / Mandukasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Improves reproductive health
  • Relieves from back pain and digestive issues
  • Strengthens arms and knees
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Half Boat Pose (Ardha Navasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Strengthens knees and arms
  • Improves balance and focus
  • Tones abdominal muscles
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Half Frog Pose (Ardha Bhekasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stretches abdomen and quadriceps
  • Strengthens arms and shoulders
  • Provides relief in back pain
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Half Lotus Pose (Ardha Padmasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Ideal pose for Pranayama practice
  • Stretches lower back and hips
  • Improves spine health and posture
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Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Aids in fat loss
  • Greatly increases sense of balance and mental focus
  • Stretches thighs and ankles
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Half Pigeon Pose (Ardha Kapotasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stretches groin and thighs
  • Tones lower back
  • Great for posture correction
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Happy Baby Pose (Ananda Balasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Induces feelings of relaxation and happiness
  • Rejuvenates back, arms and hips
  • Strengthens digestive system
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Knees to chest pose (Apanasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Improves digestion and metabolism
  • Relaxes back and neck
  • Stretches shoulders and arms
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Legs Up The Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Restores energy levels
  • Good for spine health and neck
  • Beneficial in urinary disorders
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Lion Pose (Simha Vajrasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Provides relief in reproductive health issues
  • Good for back pain
  • Strengthens arms and back
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Locust Pose (Salambhasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Tones hips, thighs, and upper back
  • Strengthens shoulders
  • Stretches quadriceps and feet
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Lord of Fishes Pose (Matsyendrasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Helps trim belly fat
  • Stimulates abdominal organs and urinary system
  • Stretches shoulders and abs
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Lotus Pose (Padmasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Ideal pose for meditation and Pranayama
  • Stretches lower body and relaxes mind
  • Helpful in back pain and other back issues
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Lunge Pose (Ashva Sanchalanasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Good for flat feet and mental stress
  • Strengthens Achilles’ tendon, hamstrings and fingers
  • Deep stretches the back and legs
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Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Helps gain initial sense of balance
  • Opens up chest cavity for breathing exercises
  • Stimulates thyroid and helps increase height
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Reclining Bound Angle Pose (Supta Baddha Konasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Great pose for mental and physical rejuvenation
  • Beneficial in reproductive issues
  • Deeply relaxes back, neck and groin
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Reverse Corpse Pose (Advasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Relaxes mind and body
  • Stretches arm pits and abdomen
  • Alternative pose for Yoga Nidra
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Revolved Head to Knee Pose (Parivritta Janu Sirsasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stretches and tones abdomen and arms
  • Great for hip opening and stave off fat from legs
  • Improves spine and neck flexibility and strength
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Revolved Abdomen Pose (Jathara Parivartanasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stretches abdomen and lower back
  • Improves focus and sense of peace
  • Tones back of shoulders and calves
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Seated Forward Bend Pose (Paschimottanasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stretches legs and back
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Relaxes mind
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Sphinx Pose

  • Level: Beginner
  • Strengthens arms and shoulders
  • Tones lower back and hips
  • Good for digestive issues
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Staff Pose (Dandasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Improves seated posture and prepares body for follow up poses
  • Enhances lung capacity and concentration
  • Relaxes back, legs and shoulders
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Standing Forward Bend Pose (Uttanasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stimulates kidney, liver and pancreas for improved digestion
  • Provides relief in obesity, stress and depression
  • Enhances balance and spine strength
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Standing Half Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Corrects body alignment and standing posture
  • Strengthens ankles and enhances toe grip
  • Improves digestive and urinary functions
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Standing Spinal Twist Pose (Katichakrasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stretches and relaxes abdomen
  • Strengthens spine and makes it flexible
  • Relieves of stress and anxiety
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Superman / Inverted Locust pose (Viparita Shalabhasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stretches arms and thighs
  • Strengthens core and back
  • Improves balance and focus
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Threading the Needle (Parsva Balasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Great for mental and physical rejuvenation
  • Stretches feet and shoulders
  • Good for reproductive disorders
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Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Aids in improving urinary and digestive functions
  • Corrects body posture and stretches quads
  • Great pose for practicing Pranayama
Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Helps gain better sense of balance
  • Strengthens ankles, knees and improves toe grip
  • Rectifies standing posture
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Upward Extended Feet Pose (Urdhva Prasarita Padasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Tones legs and feet
  • Shapes abdomen and stimulates the organs
  • Helpful in hormonal imbalances
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Upward Salute / Upward Tree pose (Urdhva Hastasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Stretches arms and upper back
  • Improves posture
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Warrior I Pose (Virabhadrasana I)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Shapes calves and hips
  • Strengthens and stretches ankles and thighs
  • Relaxes arms and back
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Warrior II Pose (Virabhadrasana II)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Strengthens and stretches ankles, calves and thighs
  • Improves focus and memory
  • Opens hips and stimulates reproductive organs
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Wind Releasing Pose (Pavanamuktasana)

  • Level: Beginner
  • Stimulates digestive system
  • Help get rid of constipation and flatulence
  • Rejuvenates body and mind
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