Tag Archives: Yoga Asana

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.

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.

Parivritta Parsvakonasana – Revolved Side Angle Pose

Parivritta Parsvakonasana or the Revolved Side Angle Pose strengthens the shoulders, arms and legs. In Sanskrit, Parivritta means to turn around, Parsva means side and asana means a pose. Parivritta Parsvakonasana is a side angle twist pose and comes with many variations.

Chaturanga Dandasana – The Four Limbed Staff Pose

Chaturanga Dandasana or Four Limbed Staff Pose is a basic pose to bring balance and strength to arms and legs. In sanskrit, Chatur means four and Anga means part (of the body). Danda means the staff and asana means the pose. It is also known as the Low Plank Pose.

Utkatasana – The Chair Pose

Utkatasana or the Chair Pose comes from the Sanskrit words Utkata meaning fierce or intense and asana meaning a pose. Utkatasana is a yogic pose which resembles sitting on a chair (without a chair, of course), and hence popularly called the Chair Pose.

Virabhadrasana – The Warrior Pose

Virabhadrasana or the warrior pose is a series of yoga poses each having its distinctive benefit. In Sanskrit, Vira means brave, Bhadra means friend and Asana means a Pose. Virabhadrasana is named after the legendary warrior Virabhadra in Puranas. In the Puranic lore, it is said that Virabhadra was created by Lord Shiva from his hair, to destroy the arrogance of Daksha who refused to invite his daughter Sati while conducting a Yagna.

Ardha Kapotasana – Half Pigeon Pose

Ardha Kapotasana or the Half Pigeon Pose resembles a pigeon in the final position. In Sanskrit, Ardha means half, Kapota means Pigeon and Asana means a pose. It is an intermediate level pose and helps to open up the hips and groin muscles.

Ardha Kapotasana is an excellent pose to bring flexibility to the hips and legs. Those who wish to master Padmasana can practice Ardha Kapotasana to open up the hips and to make the leg muscles flexible.

Baddha Padmasana – Locked Lotus Pose

Baddha Padmasana or the Locked Lotus Pose is mentioned in Gheranda Samhita. Baddha Padmasana is a meditation pose that gives physical and mental stability. In Hatha Yoga Pradeepika, Padmasana or the classical Lotus pose is considered one of the four main siting poses for meditation. Baddha Padmasana is an enhanced form of the classical Lotus pose

Eka Pada Sirasana – One Leg behind Head Pose

Eka Pada Sirasana or One Leg behind Head Pose is practiced in the sitting position. It is an advanced yoga pose and requires very good flexibility of the leg and groin muscles.