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.

Chaturanga Dandasana – The Four Limbed Staff Pose

Chaturanga Dandasana - Four Limbed Staff Pose

Chaturanga Dandasana or Four Limbed Staff Pose is a basic pose to bring balance and strength to arms and legs. In sanskrit, Chatur means four and Anga means part (of the body). Danda means the staff and asana means the pose. It is also known as the Low Plank Pose.

Utkatasana – The Chair Pose

Utkatasana - Chair Pose

Utkatasana or the Chair Pose comes from the Sanskrit words Utkata meaning fierce or intense and asana meaning a pose. Utkatasana is a yogic pose which resembles sitting on a chair (without a chair, of course), and hence popularly called the Chair Pose.

Virabhadrasana – The Warrior Pose

Virabhadrasana II - Warrior Pose

Virabhadrasana or the warrior pose is a series of yoga poses each having its distinctive benefit. In Sanskrit, Vira means brave, Bhadra means friend and Asana means a Pose. Virabhadrasana is named after the legendary warrior Virabhadra in Puranas. In the Puranic lore, it is said that Virabhadra was created by Lord Shiva from his hair, to destroy the arrogance of Daksha who refused to invite his daughter Sati while conducting a Yagna.

Utthan Pristhasana – The Lizard Pose

UTTHAN PRISTHASANA

Utthan Pristhasana or the Lizard Pose is a good hip opener. In Sanskrit, Utthan means stretch out, Pristha means the back and asana means a pose. Utthan Pristhasana opens up the hips, groins, hamstrings and the hip flexors.