Category Archives: Yoga Practices

Seated Eagle Pose

Seated Eagle Pose or the seated Garudasana opens up the joints in the arms and shoulders. In Sanskrit, Garuda is the name of the eagle which is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. In the seated eagle pose, the two arms are brought together and the two fore-arms are twisted together. It gives a good stretch to the arms and the shoulder muscles.

Maha Bheda Mudra – The Great Piercing Attitude

Maha Bheda Mudra or the Great Piercing Attitude is mentioned in both Hatha Yoga Pradeepika and Gheranda Samhita. In Sanskrit, Maha means great, Bheda means to pierce and Mudra means a gesture, attitude or seal. Maha Bheda Mudra is to be practiced along with Maha Mudra and Moola Bandha. It is highly recommended by yogis.

Eka Pada Sirasana – One Leg behind Head Pose

Eka Pada Sirasana or One Leg behind Head Pose is practiced in the sitting position. It is an advanced yoga pose and requires very good flexibility of the leg and groin muscles.

Padma Mayurasana – Lotus in Peacock Pose

Padma Mayurasana or Lotus in Peacock Pose is done by first assuming the Lotus pose (Padmasana) and then performing Mayurasana or the peacock pose. It is an advanced asana. It requires good strength of the arms and the abdominal muscles along with a good sense of balance.

Utthan Eka Pada Sirasana – Standing One Leg behind Head Pose

Utthan Eka Pada Sirasana or the standing One Leg behind Head Pose is an advanced yoga asana and should be learned in the presence of a qualified yoga instructor. Utthan Eka Pada Sirasana needs extreme flexibility of the legs and a good sense of body balance.

Urdhva Padmasana – Lotus Pose in Headstand

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Urdhva Padmasana or the lotus pose in headstand can be practiced after mastering Sirsasana or the classical headstand pose. Urdhva Padmasana is an inverted asana and is performed after assuming the classical headstand. It is one of the difficult asanas and should be learned under the guidance of a qualified yoga instructor.

Gorakshasana – Yogi Gorakhnath’s Pose

Gorakshasana or Yogi Gorakhnath’s pose was used as a meditative pose by the yogi Gorakhnath. To perform this asana, the practitioner needs lot of flexibility of the legs muscles. It may take months to loosen the leg muscles to achieve the final pose.

Setu Asana – The Bridge Pose

Setu Asana is a backward bending pose that tones the lumbar region of the spine and gives good stretch to the abdominal muscles. In Sanskrit, Setu means a bridge and Asana means a pose. The pose looks like a bridge in the final position, hence the name Setu Asana.

Meru Vakrasana – The Simple Spinal Twist Pose

Meru Vakrasana or the simple spinal twist pose is a preliminary asana practiced before taking up the practice of the more difficult Ardha Matsyendrasana. Meru Vakrasana stretches the spinal cord and relieves back pain. It is a fairly simple asana and can be done by beginners and practitioners of any age group.

Paschima Namaskarasana – Reverse Prayer Pose

Paschima Namaskarasana or the reverse prayer pose is also called the Viparita Namaskarasana. In Sanskrit, Paschima means west or in this context the back; Namaskara means Greetings and Asana means a Pose. This asana can be done in either the standing or the sitting posture. Paschima Namaskarasana is good for opening up the shoulder joints.