Yoga has become increasingly popular in our modern times, but it dates back to over five centuries ago in Ancient India. This discipline incorporates the physical postures, or “asana in Sanskrit, which a much more spiritual and profound philosophy. The “Yoga Sutra” is a 2000-year-old book that describes the philosophy behind the practice go yoga. This book was written by Patanjali, an Indian sage. There are various different kinds of yoga, including Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Hot and many more. Yoga is a great way to get in shape by becoming stronger, more flexible and more balanced. It also helps deal with anxiety, depression, arthritis, asthma, hypertension and so many more health issues. It truly is a magical discipline that reaps so many benefits for those who practice it!
This quiz will show images and descriptions of 35 different yoga postures. These poses vary in difficulty, as some are classic poses everyone should know and others are much more advanced poses that some quizzers may never have encountered. This quiz is meant to reveal which quizzers are true yogis and those who need to take a couple of extra classes. Who is ready to discover if their yoga IQ is high enough? It's time to get quizzing!
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1Name this yoga pose:
This is the most widely known yoga poses and when people think of the activity, this is usually the first to come to mind. This pose is a foundational pose that emphasizes lengthening the body to form a sort of triangle with the body. It requires strength in the wrists, shoulders and core and lots of flexibility in the hamstrings. It is supposed to create a sentiment of calm in the mind and body and serves as a resting pose between more challenging poses. What is its name?
2Name this yoga pose:
In this pose, the yogi must push their pelvis upwards while pressing their feet and arms into the floor. It is a beginners backbend that stretches the chest, neck and spine. Backbends calm one's mind and helps with stress, anxiety depression. Anyone who suffers from headaches, fatigue or insomnia needs to try this pose out, as it's meant to help handle these issues. This pose has so many benefits, but what is its name? Pick one of the four answers below.
3Name this yoga pose:
In Sanskrit, this pose is called "Savasana." It looks super easy, but yoga teachers claim that this is one of the hardest poses, not physically, but mentally. This pose is done at the end of every class to relax and find stillness of body and mind. Students are encouraged to do and think of absolutely nothing. Who feels like they need a pose like this today? It's a great way to deal with stress and soothe anxiety after a long day. Time to name it!
4Name this yoga pose:
This pose is used in many different fitness classes, not just yoga, so this might be an easy one for fitness lovers. This exercise works the core, the shoulders and the arms. Alignment is very important in this pose to avoid injury. Yoga teachers might offer some harder or easier variations of this pose, depending on the class' level. A true yogi should know what this pose is called. It is time to pick one of the four choices below.
5Name this yoga pose:
This pose is part of the sun salutation sequence. It requires that the student pushes down on the top of their feet and hands while lifting and opening the chest. It is a back opening pose and students are encouraged to squeeze the shoulder blades together to deepen it. Anyone who's ever done a yoga class before has inevitably done this pose quite a few times before. Who thinks they're able to name this classic yoga pose? Select an option below.
6Name this yoga pose:
This pose is one of the trickiest ones in yoga and is one that most yogis aspire to be able to do. It requires lost of core, arm and shoulder strength to hold this upside down vertical line. Surprisingly, it also requires a lot of flexibility in the shoulders and calmness in the mind. There are many different variations of this pose to make it more accessible or, believe it or not, more challenging. Who knows the name of this pose?
7Name this yoga pose:
This pose stretches the hip joints, as the hands must reach the feet and try to pull the knees closer to the arm pits. It's quite a deep stretch for the inner groin and spine too. It is beneficial for the stress and fatigue and helps relieve the effects. It is commonly done near the end of a class, right before savasana. It is a popular pose in modern yoga courses. Is anyone able to name this pose? Pick an option below.
8Name this yoga pose:
This one makes a lot of people wonder how to even get into this pretzel-looking pose. This pose definitely works the arms, wrist and abs. It requires a lot of strength to hold the body using only the hands, but also a good understanding of the body. This pose is an arm balance, meaning that a lot of balance is involved. It is an advanced pose so beginners beware! Time to try and name this pose. Who knows the answer?
9Name this yoga pose:
This pose is another arm balance, but this one is a little more beginning friendly. This is one of the first arm balances taught in a yoga class. In this pose, the knees land on the triceps and the arms are slightly bent to find balance on only the hands. This pose improves forearm strength, core and overall balance. Fun fact: this pose can help with heartburn! Who thinks they know the name of this pose? Time to show off some yoga knowledge.
10Name this yoga pose:
This pose requires that the yogi lie on their stomach, grab their feet or ankles and pull themselves back while they reach their heart forward. This pose is a deep stretch for the front of the body, the ankles, thighs, groin, abdomen, chest, throat and the hip flexors. Talk about getting bendy! This pose targets nearly the whole body, so it is definitely effective. This pose is also a strengthening exercise for the back muscles and as a result, can improve overall posture. What is its name?
11Name this yoga pose:
This pose is very impressive to see and a fun trick to do to show off to some friends. It requires that the student balances on two arms, while one leg is extended in the air, and the other shin is pressing down on the triceps. That's a lot to handle all at once! This pose is a strengthening arm balance that stimulates digestion and induces calmness. Who thinks they know the name of this posture? Select an option below.
12Name this yoga pose:
This pose resembles a high lunge, however the back foot should be flat on the floor. The back heel should be in line with the front heel, or slightly wider. The hips should be squared and facing forward and the shoulders should be relaxed while the arms are raised. This pose can be deepened by introducing a backbend and looking up towards the ceiling. This pose opens the hips, chest and lungs and improves focus, balance and stability. Who knows the name?
13Name this yoga pose:
In this pose, the back foot is perpendicular to the front foot and the front knee should be bent at 90 degrees. The arms should extend in opposite directs and the back arm should be hidden if looking at the yogi straight on. This pose works the legs and the arms especially, but also the hips and chest. It also improves circulation, breathing and gives energy to the body. Time to take a guess and decide what this pose is called!
14Name this yoga pose:
This pose requires that the yogi balances on one foot, while forming a vertical line with the upper body, arms and other leg. The body is shaped like two perpendicular lines. This pose requires a lot of strength in the legs, arms, shoulders and core, but also a lot of balance. Balancing postures generally help concentration and relieve stress and anxiety. Everyone can enjoy those kinds of benefits. Who wants to try this pose? Start by trying to name it below!
15Name this yoga pose:
This pose is a serious hamstring opener and requires lots of flexibility especially in the legs and groin. This pose can benefit those suffering from back pain and allow for a larger range of motion. Hip opening is super important because there are over 20 muscles in this area that can get stiff if not stretched properly. Hip opening is often an emotional experience, and stretching this part of the body can allow for the release of negativity. We can all benefit from that, right? Name this pose below.
16Name this yoga pose:
This pose is meant to look like the yogi is sitting, despite there being no seat in sight. Hello, burning quads and glutes. This pose is also a shoulder and upper back stretch, as the back must be as upright as possible and the arms must be raised up by the ears. This pose stimulates the heart, the diaphragm and the abdomen and strengths the hip flexors, ankles, calves and back. Who knows the name of this pose? Select the right answer below.
17Name this yoga pose:
This pose might be relaxing for those who have flexible hips, thighs, ankles and feet. It is an amazing pose to do when practicing meditation as it is a comfortable way to sit for a longer period of time. This pose helps improve posture and circulation. It also helps reset and stabilize the knee joint and keep it strong and healthy. This pose also helps with digestion, so try it out after eating a little too much. What is its name?
18Name this yoga pose:
This pose is for the braver yogis out there. This pose is an inversion and a backbend all at once. It is a counterbalancing pose and the yogi must find their centre while in this complex posture. This yoga pose increases blood flow to the heart and brain, stretches the back muscles, strengthens the arms and helps the practitioner feel balanced mentally and emotionally. Who thinks they can master this tricky pose? First, let's start by giving this pose a name!
19Name this yoga pose:
This balancing pose also stretches the thighs, groins, torso, and the shoulders. It strengthens the ankles and calves, and core, plus it looks super cool! This pose is a great way to cool off and slow down during a yoga class and get centred again. It is a beginner balance posture and is a great way to prepare for more advanced ones. Try this pose to improve balance, but also posture and self-esteem. Who knows the name of this pose?
20Name this yoga pose:
In this pose, legs are positioned like in Warrior II, and one hand reaches for the floor and the other reaches for the sky. It should look like a diagonal line from the back ankle to the raised hand. This pose helps loosen up the shoulders and back and also helps stretch the groins and hamstrings. It helps build strength in the body and also to prepare for deeper stretches. Who knows the name of this yoga pose? Pick below!
21Name this yoga pose:
This is an intermediate arm balancing pose that requires lots of arm and core strength and especially challenges those obliques. It might be a little easier to those who are flexible and practice a lot of twists. It also works one's ability to concentrate and focus, as this pose requires these skills. This pose looks a little bit like the yogi is flying or levitating, how cool is that! Who wants to give this tough pose a go? Let's start by naming it!
22Name this yoga pose:
This is quite the deep hamstring stretch and is a great pose to start with before trying deeper stretches like splits! Not only will the flexibility in the back of the thighs be improved, the back and chest will be worked as well. This pose brings calmness of mind, improves balance and coordination, as well as posture! In Sanskrit, this pose is called “Parsvottanasana,” if that helps any quizzer out there. Who thinks they know the name of this posture in English? Pick one of the four options below!
23Name this yoga pose:
In this pose, the yogi must place all their weight on one leg, while the other leg twists around it. The arms are also twisted together, opening the back and shoulders. This balancing pose works the arms, legs, knees and ankles. Its benefits include an improvement in digestion, balance and focus, as well as better circulation. It opens up the shoulder joints and hips, so it's about flexibility, balance and strength. Now, who knows what this pose is called? Pick an option below.
24Name this yoga pose:
This yoga pose is a very deep backbend that stretches and opens up all the muscles needed to breathe, as well as the back and shoulders. It also stretches the hip flexors and is an inversion. Heart openers are very important for our emotional health and stability, but it's totally normal if it takes a while for them to feel fun and comfortable. After doing this pose, yogis should feel energized, positive and happy. Who knows what this pose is called?
25Name this yoga pose:
This pose stretches the front of the body, including the throat, chest, abdomen, hip flexors and intercostal muscles, which help us breathe better. It makes the upper back stronger and makes the entire back much more flexible. This is a great pose to practice to improve posture. Heart openers, like this one, are great for gaining emotional stability, but can also bring lots of emotions to the surface. Who knows the name of this pose? Select one of four options below.
26Name this yoga pose:
To get into this pose, the yogi must lie flat on the back, life their legs and reach them above their head on the floor. This pose can easily be modified to be more accessible for those who are less bendy. This is a great restorative stretch, which helps to calm the nervous system, improve memory, concentration and reduce stress. Anyone struggling with fatigue, headaches or insomnia can also benefit from this pose. Who can guess the name of this pose? Pick the right answer below to show off some yoga knowledge.
27Name this yoga pose:
This pose is a deep twist which helps to reduce stiffness in the back and shoulders and stretches the hamstrings and groin. The legs, knees and ankles are strengthed by doing this pose. It is helpful for digestion and sciatica pain. It's a lot of work for the legs and back, so don't forget to breathe while practicing it! Stay calm and all the benefits will come. Who knows the name of this pose? Select the correct answer below to show off some real knowledge.
28Name this yoga pose:
This pose opens the heart and shoulders and helps with overall flexibility. To do this pose, the yogi needs to lie on the floor on their stomach and press their hands, top of their feet and thighs into the floor. This pose helps strengthen the spine, stretches the chest, lungs, shoulders and abdomen and exercises the glutes. This pose helps with stress, fatigue and soothes sciatica pain. This pose is surprisingly helpful for those who suffer from asthma. Who can name this pose?
29Name this yoga pose:
This funky arm balance is a tough one, but it looks really cool! The yogi must balance the whole body solely on their elbows. The upper body, torso and legs form a straight line that is perpendicular to the forearms. This pose is great for strengthening the wrists, forearms, core and legs. This pose is quite the achievement and is rather advanced, but why not give it a try? Who knows which of the four options below represents the correct name?
30Name this yoga pose:
This seated pose looks simple, but is a pretty intense hip, ankle and knee opener. It helps calm the brain and increase attentiveness and awareness. It also improves posture and helps restore energy levels. This calming pose helps to release emotional blockages, because of how it opens the hip flexors. So, be prepared to confront some serious feelings when doing it. Who knows the name of this basic pose? Select one of four options below to show off some classic yoga knowledge.
31Name this yoga pose:
This advanced backbend stretches the entire lower body, especially the hips, and also the entire back. It helps to improve digestion and helps ease back pain. This yoga pose is beneficial for those who have lots of tension, or suffer from anxiety and stress (don't we all). This pose can be beneficial for a lot of people and can be made more accessible depending on the person. Who knows the name of this pose? It's time to select the correct option below!
32Name this yoga pose:
This pose is a deep stretch and an advanced arm balance all in one! It helps stretch the hamstring groin, torso. This funky posture works the arms and wrists and helps overall balance too! This pose helps yogis find inner light and increase awareness. It's a physical challenge, but has a long list of emotional and mental benefits. Are any quizzers out there up for a challenge? First, let's give this cool pose a name. Select one of the four options below.
33Name this yoga pose:
This pose requires that the yogi has their feet in a lunge position, while both their hands are raised in a straight line. It is great for those who suffer from indigestion, or back pain. It is a stretch for their groin and also helps to strengthen the legs and arms. This pose is a basic and foundational pose in yoga and is used in nearly all types of classes. Who can guess what it is called in English? Pick an option!
34Name this yoga pose:
This pose resembles a regular lunge pose, as the back foot is on its tippy toes while the front leg is bent at 90 degrees. The difference is in the arms and torso, however, which are inclined frontward instead of towards the sky. This pose opens up the hips and improves overall flexibility. It also works the quads, glutes, core and many more muscles. It's time to decide what this pose is called. Who thinks they know the correct answer?
35Name this yoga pose:
This heart opener is a very energetic and beautiful pose. It incorporates elements of back-bending, balancing, strength exercises and flexibility training. It's a very effective pose physically, but it also helps the mind. It can help deal with fatigue, stress and depression too. This pose is sometimes called "flip the dog" or in Sanskrit, "Camatkarasana." Was that a helpful clue? Who knows the name of this cool posture? It's time to take a final guess before this quiz is over!