Bandha – The Yogic Locks

Bandha or a yogic lock enables a yogi to block and direct the flow of pranic energy in certain way to change the energy pattern in the body. Bandhas not only modifies the flow of pranic energy through the nadis (energy meridians), but also modifies the flow of nerve currents in the nervous system and blood flow through the blood vessels.

Ashtanga Namaskara – Eight Limbed Salutation

Ashtanga Namaskara - Eight Limbed Salutation

Ashtanga Namaskara or the Eight-Limbed salutation is part of the Sun Salutation series of asanas. It appears as the 6th pose in the Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara. In this pose, the body touches the ground in eight locations – the two feet (toes), the two knees, the two palms, the chest and the head. In Sanskrit, “ashta” means eight and “anga” means part. Hence the name Ashtanga Namaskara. This pose is also used by devotees for paying obeisance to deities in Indian temples.

Parvatasana – The Mountain Pose

Parvatasana - Mountan Pose

Parvatasana or the Mountain pose is part of the Sun Salutation series of asanas. It appears as the 4th pose and the 9th pose in the Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara. In Sanskrit “Parvata’ means mountain. The pose looks like a mountain from the sides and hence the name Parvatasana.

Parvatasana can strengthen the wrists and legs. It also increases the flow of blood to the head.

Ashwa Sanchalanasana – The Equestrian Pose

Ashwa Sanchalanasana - Equestrian Pose

Ashwa Sanchalanasana or the Equestrian pose is part of the Sun Salutation series of asanas. It appears as the 4th pose and the 9th pose in the Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara.

This pose is fairly easy to do and gives flexibility to the legs.

Padahastasana – Hand to Foot Pose

Padahastasana - Hand to Foot Pose

Padahastasana or the Hand to Foot pose is part of the Sun Salutation series of asanas. It appears as the 3rd pose and the 10th pose in the Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara.

Padahastasana makes the body flexible at the hips.

Hasta Uttanasana – Raised Arms Pose

Hasta Uttanasana - Raised Arms Pose

Hasta Uttanasana or the raised arms pose is part of the Sun Salutation series of asanas. It appears as the 2nd pose and the 11th pose in the Sun Salutation or Surya Namaskara.

This pose is easy to do and tones the organs of the abdomen improving digestion.

Pranamasana – The Prayer Pose

Pranamasana - Prayer Pose

Pranamasana or the Prayer Pose is the starting pose for Surya Namaskara or the Sun Salutation poses. In Pranamasana, the palms are held together in the prayer pose. The word ‘Pranam’ has a Sanskrit root and it means ‘to pay respect’; and asana means a pose. Hence the name Pranamasana.

Tolangulasana – The Weighing Scale Pose

Tolangulasana - Weighing Scale Pose

Tolangulasana or the Weighing Scale Pose is good for controlling obesity and toning the abdominal organs. Tolangulasana looks like a weighing scale in the final pose, hence the name. It gives a sense of relaxation and also helps to strengthen the shoulders and arms.

This pose also gives a sense of relaxation and balance.

Kandharasana – The Shoulder Pose

Kandharasana - Shoulder Pose

Kandharasana or the Shoulder Pose is excellent for strengthening the female reproductive organs and for correcting many vertebral disc problems. Kandharasana relieves menstrual problems and disorders related to the uterus.

Janu Sirsasana – The Head to Knee Pose

Janu sirsasana - Head to Knee Pose

Janu Sirsasana or the Head to Knee Pose is an excellent asana to increase flexibility of the hamstring muscles, back, thighs, hip joints, arms and the shoulders. Janu Sirsasana also soothes the mind and calms the heart.