Malasana – The Garland Pose

Malasana or the Garland Pose gives flexibility to the hip and back muscles.In Sanskrit, Mala means garland and Asana means a pose. Malasana helps to open up the hips and the groins muscles.

Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog Pose

Adho Mukha Svanasana or the downward facing dog pose stretches and straightens the spine. In Sanskrit, Adho means down, Mukha means face and Svana means a dog. This asana or pose has been created by observing dogs. They perform this several times in a day. If you observe your pet dog, you will see how he does this to stretch and relax his spine.

Balasana – The Child’s Pose

Balasana or the Child’s Pose is an excellent resting pose. In Sanskrit, Bala means Child and Asana means a yoga pose. This asana or pose has been created by observing young children who naturally use this to relax. Balasana is one of the easiest relaxation poses and can be done by all practitioners. It can also be performed between asanas. It gives emotional and mental relaxation.

Surya Namaskara – The 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 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 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.

Kumbhakasana – The Plank Pose

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 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.

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 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.