Category Archives: Yoga Practices

Upavistha Konasana – Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend Pose

Upavistha Konasana - Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend Pose

Upavistha Konasana or the wide angle seated forward bend pose loosens up the lower back, hips and the hamstring muscles. In Sanskrit, Upavistha means seated, Kona means angle and Asana means a pose.

Balancing Table Top Pose

Balancing Table Top Pose

Balancing Table Top Pose brings a sense of balance and strengthens the core muscles, hips, muscles of the lower back and the spine. This is a beginner’s pose and can be done by everyone.

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.

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.

Yoga Poses for Meditation

Yoga Poses for Meditation

Yoga Poses for meditation helps the yogi to sit in a steady posture for extended periods of time. Also, you have to select a yoga posture that allows the spinal column to be upright and straight. There are only few yoga poses for meditation that satisfy these two conditions.