Padma Mayurasana – Lotus in Peacock Pose

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

Uttan Eka Pada Sirasana

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

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 - 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 - 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

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.

Anahatasana – Heart Melting Pose

ANAHATASANA

Anahatasana or the heart melting pose is soothing to the heart. In Sanskrit, Anahata means the heart and Asana means a pose. It is also known as the half-dog pose and opens up the shoulders. It stimulates the heart center or the Anahata chakra.

Eka Pada Pranamasana – One-legged Prayer Pose

Eka Pada Pranamasana

Eka Pada Pranamasana or the one-legged prayer pose is a balancing asana. In Sanskrit, Eka means one, Pada means foot, Pranama means prayer and Asana means pose. Eka Pada Pranamasana is the one-legged prayer pose.

Hanumanasana – The Monkey Pose

Hanumanasana - Monkey Pose

Hanumanasana or the Monkey Pose is named after Hanuman, the divine being resembling a Monkey in the Indian epic Ramayana. Hanumanasana helps to open up the groin and stretches the hamstring muscles. It is a wonderful pose for developing flexibility of the leg muscles.