Yoga for Beginners
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Yoga for Beginners

Ready to start a practice that tones your body and calms your mind? See how much you know about yoga before you hit the mat.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What principle is yoga based on?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Yoga is based on the three principles of stretching, breathing and being in tune with your body.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Yoga reduces the stress you put on your joints doing normal activities.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Yoga increases your flexibility. The more flexible you are, the better range of motion you have and the less stress you'll put on your joints doing normal activities.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a benefit of yoga?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. In addition, yoga helps lower the stress response and inhibits the secretion of cortisol, decreasing depression and related symptoms.

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True or false: Yoga builds bone density.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Yoga forces your muscles to hold your body weight. This is a form of resistance training, which helps your body build bone density.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Yoga can help you lose weight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Yoga uses your own body weight to build muscle, and the more lean muscle, the more calories your body burns, even while at rest. Yoga also increases body awareness--which may affect the foods you eat and how you treat your body in general.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you have an injury, you cannot perform yoga.

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The correct answer is: This is false. If you have an injury or limited range of motion, you can still take part in yoga. Instead of holding poses, you can focus on the breath and meditation aspect of yoga and perform breathing and meditation techniques while standing, sitting or lying down.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these types of yoga is more gentle and relaxing?

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The correct answer is: Restorative yoga is a more gentle and relaxing type of yoga practice. It focuses on deep mental and physical relaxation, with an emphasis on breath work and meditation.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which type of yoga involves a room that is heated to approximately 105 degrees with a humidity level of 30 to 40 percent?

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The correct answer is: Bikram yoga is performed in a room that is heated to approximately 105 degrees and a humidity level of 30 to 40 percent.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Hot yoga can help you detoxify your body.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It's a common misperception that our bodies detoxify through sweating. Sweating is the body's method of cooling down, not getting rid of toxins.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Only flexible people should attempt yoga.

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The correct answer is: This is false. A lack of flexibility is a great reason to start practicing yoga, as yoga can actually increase flexibility.

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How many times a week should you practice yoga?

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The correct answer is: Experts recommend practicing yoga two to three times a week for optimal benefit.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What makes vinyasa yoga different from "traditional" yoga?

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The correct answer is: Vinyasa yoga "flows" from one posture to another in a series, rather than using static poses. Vinyasa also emphasizes synchronizing your movements with your breathing.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What type of clothing should you wear when doing yoga?

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The correct answer is: It's best to wear form-fitting clothes for yoga. This helps keep you from getting tangled in your clothes when moving between poses, and it helps the instructor see that you are doing poses correctly.

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What is the best type of yoga mat?

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The correct answer is: A rubberized, non-slip or sticky yoga mat is the most beneficial and safest choice.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Why are blocks and blankets used in yoga?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Blankets and blocks are used to support your body while practicing yoga. You can use them to help modify certain poses as you learn them as well as improve alignment and create extension in the spine. They can also help protect the body from injury and provide support during balance postures.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of these poses can aid insomnia?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Regularly practicing yoga may help you relax and get a good night's sleep. Some yoga experts suggest the following poses for insomnia: Standing Forward Bend, Legs Up the Wall and Seated Forward Bend.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these poses can release tension in the hips?

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The correct answer is: Pigeon Pose is a good move to relieve stored tension in your hips.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Yoga cannot cause injuries.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It is actually possible to injure oneself in yoga, so remember that yoga is not a competitive sport. While it can be tempting to stress and strain beyond the point of safety, be careful not to overdo it. Instead relax, stretch and focus on core strength.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

How can prenatal yoga help mothers-to-be?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Prenatal yoga can help a woman create a connection to her baby and its movements. It also promotes relaxation and wellness during the pregnancy and helps the mom-to-be maintain good posture, which takes stress from the low back and strengthens the back and spine.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Yoga replaces traditional medicine treatment.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Yoga complements, rather than replaces, traditional medical care. Both have their powers and their limitations, and both can work together.

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