Given its many benefits, it's no wonder that the 5,000-year-old practice of yoga has boomed in modern times. You don't have to travel to India, yoga's birthplace, to learn how yoga works to purify the mind and body. The Web boasts diverse resources for yoga that run the gamut, from where to find trend-worthy yoga clothing to excerpts from ancient philosophical texts.
Aside from taking a class from a qualified teacher, the best way for someone with a sincere interest in learning yoga is to do research. Use the following sites to get an introduction to yoga poses, yoga culture and the yoga community.
- "Asana" means any of the postures associated with yoga.
has loads of resources for the yoga novice. Start with "Yoga for Beginners" for guidance on how to begin a yoga practice, what you'll need to start and some general practice guidelines. You'll also find information on yoga postures, yogic philosophy, meditation and much more.
, the premier yoga magazine, includes excerpts from the print edition as well as online exclusives. An extensive story archive is a boon for beginners and advanced practitioners alike. This is the go-to place for authoritative coverage on the practice and philosophy of yoga, and video demos of poses.
provides an excellent introduction to the yoga community and modern yoga lifestyle. Listen to a podcast interview about a yogi artist, view photos and descriptions of poses or watch a video about meditation. Interactive, informational and social, this site can quickly become your go-to for yoga culture.
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