The Ultimate Yoga Quiz

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About This Quiz

Do you spend all your spare time in the ashram? Have you worn out more than one yoga mat? You're not alone, more and more people are exploring yoga as a form of exercise. See how much you know about yoga.

The word “yoga” is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning what?

Yoga means union, which refers to the union between body and mind, as well as to the union between an individual self and the universal self.

Who wrote the book “Light on Yoga,” an influential illustrated guide to yoga poses?

Many current yoga students consider B.K.S. Iyengar\’s book their bible.

Let’s say that you’re standing with your arms parallel to the ground. Your legs are 3 to 4 feet apart. You turn your left toe out and bend your left knee so that your thigh is parallel to the ground. Your right leg remains in its original position. You look out over your left knee. What pose are you in?

Stay strong, Warrior. You\’ll still need to turn and do the same thing with the other leg.

Which of the following is not one of the eight limbs of Ashtanga yoga?

Ashtanga is an eight-fold path that includes yama, niyama, asana, pranayam, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. Ama, which refers to badly digested food waste, is not one of the limbs.

A yama is a restraint meant to provide an ethical guideline. Which yama dictates nonviolence?

If you\’re living by the rule of ahimsa, you\’re practicing nonviolence against all living beings.

Which type of yoga is characterized by its use of props?

Take an Iyengar yoga class, and you\’ll find yourself working with blocks, blankets and belts.

Bikram yoga is practiced in a very hot room. What is the minimum recommended temperature for this style of yoga?

Bring a bottle of water, because yoga in 105 degrees Fahrenheit will make you sweat!

How many poses make up one sun salutation?

Surya Namaskara, or sun salutation, is a flowing series of 12 poses.

There are three internal “locks,” or Bandhas, employed in yoga. If you’re engaging Mula Bandha, what part of the body are you locking?

If your instructor tells you to apply Mula Bandha, then squeeze the muscles in the pelvic floor.

Ujayyi is a type of what?

Ujayyi breaths can make you sound a bit like Darth Vader.

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