Category Archives: Yoga Practices

Udana Vayu Mudra – Hand Gesture for Udana Flow

Udana Vayu Mudra - Hand gesture

Udana Vayu Mudra is a hand mudra or gesture used for improving speech, respiratory system and the thyroid. In Ayurveda, the thumb represents the fire element, the middle finger indicates space element and the index finger, the air element and the ring finger indicates earth element. Udana Vayu mudra brings together these four elements, which is said to give therapeutic benefits.

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.

Mandukasana – The Frog Pose

MANDUKASANA

Mandukasana or the Frog Pose tones all the organs in the abdomen and is excellent for diabetes. In Sanskrit, Manduka means frog and Asana means a pose. In the final position, the posture resembles a frog. Mandukasana has many variations, but here we mention the most popular version.

Padangusthasana – Hand to Big Toe Pose

Padangusthasana - Hand to Big Toe Pose

Padangusthasana or the Hand to Big Toe Pose stretches the muscles of the legs and back, improves digestion and relaxes the body and mind. In Sanskrit, Pada means foot, Angustha means the big toe and Asana means a Pose. In this pose the body is bend over and the two toes are help with the hands giving a very good flexibility to the back and leg muscles.

Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana

Parivrtta Prasarita Padottanasana or the Wide-Legged standing forward bend twisted pose is a stretching posture along with the twist of the upper body. This Asana improves digestion, relaxes the body and gives a sense of balance.

Vakrasana – The Twisted Pose

VAKRASANA - THE TWISTED POSE

Vakrasana or the Twisted Pose makes the spine flexible and removes fat around the waist. In Sanskrit Vakra means twisted and asana is a pose. In Vakrasana, the trunk is twisted to either side and is practiced in the sitting position. It is a good twisting pose for beginners.

Supta Udarakarshanasana – Lying Abdominal Stretch Pose

SUPTA UDARAKARSHANASANA

Supta Udarakarshanasana or the lying abdominal stretch pose improves digestion and is gives flexibility of the spine. In Sanskrit, Supta means lying down or sleeping, Udara means abdomen, Akarshan means pull or stretch and Asana is a pose.

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.

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).