Yoga term of the week: Quadriceps

Welcome to our weekly series dedicated to helping you navigate the confusing lingo of yoga. Beginner or not, this ‘yoga dictionary’ will be here every Tuesday to quench your curiosity about a new, bizarre yogi word.

This week’s term:


While not technically a yoga term (it’s more a biology lesson), your ‘quads’ are the large muscles at the front of your thigh which pulls your knees up and helps you stand from a lunge position. In yoga, you’ll hear your teacher refer to these a lot, so it’s a good one to include on our list so that you know what he or she means!

Once you feel like taking your yoga practice and learning beyond the studio (say, to a beach), check out some yoga holidays and retreats and indulge your inner yogini/yogi.

What yoga lingo confuses you? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll feature it in this series! For a full list, head to our yoga dictionary.