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Yoga Basics

Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning union or joining. In reality it's a very general term that encompasses many different disciplines, from the purely physical to the purely spiritual - and everything in between. But yoga needn't be confusing or complicated - in fact, its very essence is simplicity. If you're new to yoga, or just want to enhance your basic knowledge, let these links be your guide.

Yoga - A Basic Introduction
Here is an introduction to Yoga - and to AllSpirit's Yoga Annex.
What Kind of Yogi Are You?
A lighthearted quiz that matches up certain Yoga styles with your personality.
Better Balance Through Yoga
Yoga in general is a great way to improve your balance. But there are also poses which are specifically geared towards developing better balance. Here's how to get the most out of them.
When Your Practice Is a Pain
Although it doesn't happen frequently, it is possible to injure yourself during Yoga practice. Your Yoga Guide gives you some suggestions on how to avoid hurting yourself.
Baby Get Back! Park Two
The back especially benefits from practicing Yoga. This two-part series focuses on postures for the back and spine - Part Two is for those with healthy backs.
Shavasana 101 - What's So Hard About Playing Dead?
The Corpse Pose is more than just lying around. A proper Shavasana can get you in touch with your innermost self. This article shows you how.
10 Reasons to Practice Yoga
Not convinced that Yoga is for you? After checking out this page, you'll have no leg to stand on (unless you're doing Tree Pose).
The American Yoga Association
This nonprofit organization is a resource for both yoga students and teachers. Best of all, it offers a free online yoga lesson every month!
Yoga for Beginners
If you have no idea whatsoever what yoga is about, then this site is especially for you! This site will answer just about any question you may have...and quite a few questions you didn't know you had!
Yoga Styles
And you thought that basic hatha yoga class they offer at the local YMCA was all you needed to know. It's is a lot more complex than that - in fact, it's a lot more complex than what you'll find here! But this quick-reference guide crisply defines the most popular styles in the hatha yoga tradition.
Yoga: The Big Picture
Hatha Yoga is only a small part of what yoga is. Here is a page that touches on yoga's origins, and lists some of the more popular yoga styles.
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