Tag Archives: Yoga Asana

Supta Udarakarshanasana – Lying Abdominal Stretch Pose

SUPTA UDARAKARSHANASANA

Supta Udarakarshanasana or the lying abdominal stretch pose improves digestion and is gives flexibility of the spine. In Sanskrit, Supta means lying down or sleeping, Udara means abdomen, Akarshan means pull or stretch and Asana is a pose.

Upavistha Konasana – Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend Pose

Upavistha Konasana - Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend Pose

Upavistha Konasana or the wide angle seated forward bend pose loosens up the lower back, hips and the hamstring muscles. In Sanskrit, Upavistha means seated, Kona means angle and Asana means a pose.

Dandasana – The Staff Pose

Dandasana - Staff Pose

Dandasana or the Staff Pose is a simple sitting pose which forms the starting position for most other sitting yogic postures. In Sanskrit, Danda means a stick or staff and Asana means a pose.

Table Top Pose

Table Top Pose - Yoga Asana

Table Top Pose can be used as a starting pose for many other kneeling postures like Marjariasana (Cat pose) and Adho Mukha Svanasa (Downward facing dog pose). It is so called because in the final position, the body is flat on top like a table and is supported by four legs (2 knees and 2 palms).

Reverse Table Top Pose – Ardha Purvottanasana

Reverse Table Top Pose - Ardha Purvottanasana

Reverse Table Top Pose or Ardha Purvottanasana is similar to the normal Table Top Pose, except that the face and chest is facing upwards in this yoga asana. It is so called because in the final position, the body is flat on top like a table and is supported by four legs (2 knees and 2 palms) with the front of the body facing towards the ceiling.

Ardha Chakrasana – Half Wheel Pose

Ardha Chakrasana - Half Wheel Pose

Ardha Chakrasana or Half Wheel Pose is easier to perform than the full wheel pose or Chakrasana. Those who have a stiff back should attempt this first before going on to the more difficult full wheel pose.

Balancing Table Top Pose

Balancing Table Top Pose

Balancing Table Top Pose brings a sense of balance and strengthens the core muscles, hips, muscles of the lower back and the spine. This is a beginner’s pose and can be done by everyone.

Surya Namaskara Mantras – Sun Salutation

Surya namaskara Mantras

Surya Namaskara mantras are chanted audibly or mentally while performing the Sun Salutation. Surya Namaskara or the Sun Salutation is a series of 12 poses performed in sequential order. It is a complete yogic package for the body, breath, mind and the spirit.

Anjaneyasana – Low Lunge Pose

ANJANEYASANA

Anjaneyasana or the Low Lunge Pose energises the body and strengthens the muscles of the legs, waist, shoulders and chest. Anajaneya is the name of Hanuman whose valour and exploits are well known in the epic Ramayana.

Tiryaka Tadasana – Swaying Palm Tree Pose

TIRYAKA TADASANA

Tiryaka Tadasana or the swaying Palm Tree Pose is a variation of Tadasana. In Sanskrit Tiryak means slanted or oblique and Tadasana is the Palm tree pose. Triyaka Tadasana is a good stretching pose which is beneficial for reducing fat around the waist and for stimulating bowel movements.