Niyama – Self Discipline in Yoga

Niyama in Yoga Sutras is the second step in Ashtanga Yoga, the eight fold limbs of Yoga. ‘Niyama’ deals mostly with our internal self-discipline rather than external ethical behavior. Yoga tradition has given much importance to development of a balanced personality before taking up higher practices of yoga. 

Paschimottanasana – The Forward Bend Yogic Pose

Paschimottanasana or the seated forward bend pose gives a complete stretch to the back muscles. In Sanskrit ‘Paschima’  means ‘west’ or ‘back’ and ‘uttana’ means ‘stretch’ or ‘extended’. Paschimottanasana gives an intense stretch to all the back muscles.

Yama – The Ethical Restraints in Yoga

Yama in the Yoga Sutras is the first step in “Ashtanga Yoga” or the eight limbs of Yoga. Yama deals mostly with our external ethical behavior. Yoga tradition has given much importance to developing a balanced personality before taking up higher practices of yoga.

Matsyasana – The Fish Pose

Matsyasana or the fish Pose can be used to float on water in the final pose like a fish. In Sanskrit “matsya” means fish. Matsyasana is easy to perform and is used as a counter pose for many other yoga asanas.

Vipareeta Karani Asana – Inverted Pose

Vipareeta Karani Asana or the inverted pose, comes from the Sanskrit word – ‘Vipareeta’ means ‘inverted’ and ‘karani’ means ‘doing’. Vipareeta karani asana is one of the simplest of the inverted asanas and hence easy to perform.

Ardha Matsyendrasana – Half Spinal Twist Pose

Ardha Matsyendrasana or the half spinal twist pose is one the main asanas practiced in hatha yoga. In sanskrit ‘ardha’ means ‘half’, ‘matsya’ means ‘fish’, ‘indra’ means ‘king’ and ‘asana’ means ‘pose’. Ardha Matsyendrasana literally means the half twist pose of the king of fishes.

Supta Vajrasana – Supine Thunderbolt Pose

Supta Vajrasana or the ‘Supine Thunderbolt Pose’ is a variation of Vajrasana or the thunderbolt pose. The starting position for supta vajrasana is same as vajrasana, but the ultimate position looks very different.

Matsya Kridasana – Flapping Fish Pose

Matsya kridasana or the ‘Flapping fish Pose’ is one of the relaxation asanas in yoga. Matysa kridasana resembles a playful fish flapping its tail and fins.

Halasana – The Plough Pose

Halasana or plough pose can be practiced after one masters the poorva halasana or the preliminary plough pose. Halasana can remove fat from the waist and improve the health of the abdominal organs especially the kidneys, pancreas and the intestines.

Poorva Halasana – Preliminary Plough Pose

Poorva Halasana or the preliminary plough pose is a preparatory asana before one practices the full Halasana pose. Poorva halasana can remove fat from the waist and improve the health of the abdominal organs especially the kidneys and the intestines.