Reverse Table Top Pose – Ardha Purvottanasana

Reverse Table Top Pose - Ardha Purvottanasana

Reverse Table Top Pose or Ardha Purvottanasana is similar to the normal Table Top Pose, except that the face and chest is facing upwards in this yoga asana. It is so called because in the final position, the body is flat on top like a table and is supported by four legs (2 knees and 2 palms) with the front of the body facing towards the ceiling.

Dandasana – The Staff Pose

Dandasana - Staff Pose

Dandasana or the Staff Pose is a simple sitting pose which forms the starting position for most other sitting yogic postures. In Sanskrit, Danda means a stick or staff and Asana means a pose.

Table Top Pose

Table Top Pose - Yoga Asana

Table Top Pose can be used as a starting pose for many other kneeling postures like Marjariasana (Cat pose) and Adho Mukha Svanasa (Downward facing dog pose). It is so called because in the final position, the body is flat on top like a table and is supported by four legs (2 knees and 2 palms).

Ananda Balasana – Happy Baby Pose

Ananda Balasana - Happy Baby Pose

Ananda Balasana or the Happy Baby Pose is a good hip opener and gives relaxation to the mind. In Sanskrit, Ananda means bliss or happiness, Bala means child and Asana means a pose. Ananda Balasana is a beginner’s pose and can be done by any age group.

Ardha Chakrasana – Half Wheel Pose

Ardha Chakrasana - Half Wheel Pose

Ardha Chakrasana or Half Wheel Pose is easier to perform than the full wheel pose or Chakrasana. Those who have a stiff back should attempt this first before going on to the more difficult full wheel pose.

Yoga after Pregnancy – Getting Fit after Child Birth

Yoga After Pregnancy - Getting Fit After Child birth

Yoga after pregnancy, is the best way to get back into shape. Let’s talk practically. Your tummy would still share resemblances with your six-month pregnant tummy, just hours into delivery. While there is definitely a dip in your body weight immediately after the new life enters this world, you should wait for 40 days to restart your exercise regimen. Scientifically, it takes about six weeks for a woman’s body to restore uterus to its pre-pregnancy state and reinstate menstruation. Once you complete this phase, you could start exercising to shed the excess pounds and remain calm and relaxed.

Parsva Virabhadrasana – The Reverse Warrior Pose

Parsva Virabhadrasana - Reverse Warrior Pose

Parsva Virabhadrasana or the Reverse Warrior Pose is good for energizing the body and improving balance. In Sanskrit, Parsva means side or reverse in this case, Virabhadra is a legendary warrior from the Puranas, created by Lord Shiva to destroy Daksha’s Yagna; and Asana is a pose.

Vasisthasana – The Side Plank Pose

Vasisthasana - Side Plank Pose

Vasisthasana or the side plank pose strengthen the arms, wrists and legs and improves the sense of balance. In Sanskrit, Vasistha is name of an ancient sage meaning best, excellent or richest and Asana means a pose. Vasisthasana is an intermediate level pose. To do this pose, you need good strength of the wrist and arms.

Samadhi in Yoga

Samadhi in Yoga

Samadhi in Yoga is the 8th and final stage or step in the system of eight-limbed Ashtanga Yoga. Samadhi is explained in the Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanjali as total absorption in the object of meditation, where the mind becomes completely still. There are various stages of Samadhi each leading to a higher super conscious state of mind.

Dhyana – Meditation in Yoga

Dhyana - Meditation in Ashtanga Yoga

Dhyana or meditation in yoga is the 7th stage or step in the eight-limbed Ashtanga Yoga. Dhyana is explained in the Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanjali as constant and effortless flow of awareness a point, object or a centre. Dhyana leads to Samadhi or the superconscious state (the 8th Stage of Ashtanga Yoga).