Bending for beginners: Mind Body Green launches a library of yoga poses

Dolphin Yoga Pose, MindBodyGreen yoga poses, yoga pose libraryYoga is supposed to help you relax, but for beginners, the first few classes at a New York City studio can be stressful. You’re trying to breathe correctly, the instructor is calling names of asanas (and animals) that mean nothing to you, and you’re trying frantically to mimic what seems to come naturally to everyone else in the room.

Or, you could avoid this situation altogether by getting a head start with Mind Body Green’s new library of yoga poses and sequences before (and after) you roll out your mat.

The poses come courtesy of Michael Taylor, an experienced yoga guide (he doesn’t like the term “instructor”) at Noho’s Strala Yoga, who holds a degree in mind-body medicine from Harvard and studied alternative medicine and psychology at Oxford. (How’s that for credentials?) Jason Wachob, the New York City-based founder of Mind Body Green, chose Taylor to create the library because of his unique understanding of Eastern movement.  “Also, he moves like a tiger,” Wachob says. Strong and slow.

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Crow pose tip from Michael Taylor: move your weigh into the front of your hands

The library features a seemingly endless collection of poses, organized by seated poses, standing poses, arm balances, and so on. Each one has photo, how-to instructions, tips to help you get it right, and information on the benefits of the pose. The sequences come with videos where Taylor demonstrates the poses while narrating his movement and breathing. And how’s this for industrious: Wachob took all of the photos over three hours one afternoon, and the content comes directly from Taylor. (That took a bit longer.)

While the yoga pose library is intended for beginners, an experienced yogi could still use it to look up a challenging pose or improve their current practice. “It’s a good checks and balances system for yogis of all stripes,” says Wachob. — Lisa Held

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  1. July 23rd, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    How about admitting that the first few years of yoga can be stressful if not downright scary. When my 30 y.o. daughter took me to her favorite yoga class in NYC I was pleased at first and then pathetic. It is great to learn of an online resource like Mind Body Green but let’s be clear that many of the poses(Crow shown above) and many of those shown when you follow the links are way beyond what I can do after three+ plus years. That said, I love the stretching and relaxation when I get into a true Level I class with a sympathetic guide. Thanks for introducing me to Mind Body Green.

  2. July 24th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I really like this! We are so stiff, stuck, almost starched and solidified. Pat and I must find a way out of our stolidness. Please note, this is our body not our minds. :)

  3. October 31st, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Personally, I love following yogis on instagram to inspire my practice. It inspires me to keep trying until I can nail those difficult poses!

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