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Surya Namaskara – The Sun Salutation

Surya Namaskara - Sun Salutation

Surya Namaskara or the Sun Salutation has a great energizing effect on the body, prana and mind. In Sanskrit, ‘Surya’ means the sun and ‘Namaskara’ means the salutation. Surya Namaskara consists of a series of yoga postures. There are 12 yoga poses performed in sequence. Surya Namskara is usually done in the morning during sunrise, facing the rising sun.

Jathara Parivartanasana – Abdominal Twist Pose

Jathara Parivartanasana

Jathara Parivartanasana or the Abdominal Twist Pose tones the abdomen and makes the hips and spine more flexible. In Sanskrit, Jathara means belly or abdomen, Parivarta means revolved and Asana means a pose.

Utthita Parsvakonasana – Extended Side Angle Pose

UTTHITA PARSVAKONASANA

Utthita Parsvakonasana or extended side angle pose strengthens the thighs, hips, knees and ankle. In Sanskrit, Utthita means extended, Parsva means side, Kona means angle and Asana means a pose. Utthita Parsvakonasana builds stamina and endurance.

Dolphin Plank Pose

DOLPHIN PLANK POSE

Dolphin Plank Pose is a yoga asana for increasing core strength and developing balance. The muscles of the arms, shoulders, abdomen and legs are all strengthened. The Dolphin Plank Pose is a combination of the plain Dolphin Pose and the Plank pose.

Kumbhakasana – The Plank Pose

Kumbhakasana

Kumbhakasana or the Plank Pose develops strength of core muscles of the shoulders, arms, trunk and legs. In Sanskrit, Kumbhaka means the holding of breath and Asana means a pose. In the final pose, the breath (or Kumbhaka) is held to maintain the posture.

Eka Pada Koundinyasana

Eka Pada Koundinyasana

Eka Pada Koundinyasana or the one-legged pose of Sage Koundinya, strengthens the arms, neck and wrists. In Sanskrit, Eka means one, Pada means leg and Asana is a pose. This pose is an arm balance posture named after Sage Koundinya.

Pincha Mayurasana – Feathered Peacock Pose

PINCHA MAYURASANA

Pincha Mayurasana or the feathered peacock pose is nothing but the inverted forearm-stand. In Sanskrit, Pincha means feather, Mayur means peacock and Asana means a Pose. Pincha Mayurasana strengthens arms and shoulders and require a good sense of balance.

Thread the Needle Pose

Thread the Needle Pose

Thread the Needle Pose helps to open up the shoulders and good for developing flexibility of the trunk. It is a good pose to de-stress after a busy days work.

Agnistambhasana – Fire Log Pose

AGNISTAMbHASANA

Agnistambhasana or the Fire Log Pose is a good hip opener. In Sanskrit, Agni means fire, Stambha means statue and Asana means a Pose. Agnistambhasana is an easy pose and can be used to improve the flexibility of the hips and groin muscles.

Parivritta Parsvakonasana – Revolved Side Angle Pose

Parivritta Parsvakonasana - Revolved Side Angle Pose

Parivritta Parsvakonasana or the Revolved Side Angle Pose strengthens the shoulders, arms and legs. In Sanskrit, Parivritta means to turn around, Parsva means side and asana means a pose. Parivritta Parsvakonasana is a side angle twist pose and comes with many variations.

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