Tag Archives: Yoga Asana

Kukkutasana – The Cockerel Pose

Kukkutasana - Cockerel Pose

Kukkutasana or the Cockerel Pose benefits the arms and shoulders. In Sanskrit ‘kukkuta’ means a ‘cockerel’ or a ‘rooster’ and ‘asana’ means a ‘pose’. In the final position, it resembles a rooster.

Uttanpadasana – The Raised Leg Pose

Uttanpadasana - raised Leg Pose

Uttanpadasana or the Raised Leg Pose is beneficial for those suffering from lower back pain. In Sanskrit the meaning of Uttanpadasana is the raised leg pose. Uttanpadasana is an excellent exercise to strengthen the abdominal muscles and the lower back. It is relatively easy to practice.

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.

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.

Tadasana – The Palm Tree Pose

TADASANA - Palm Tree Pose

Tadasana or the Palm Tree Pose is a good stretching and loosing exercise for the entire body. Tadasana stretches the arms, the chest, the abdominal muscles, the spine and the leg muscles along with giving a sense of balance.

Swastikasana – The Auspicious Pose

Swastikasana - Auspicious Pose

Swastikasana or the Auspicious Pose is an easy meditation pose for those who cannot attempt the more difficult asanas like Padmasana and Siddhasana. The India symbol of Swastika is a symbol of auspiciousness. In Swastikasana, the position of the legs resemble the symbol of the Swastika. The word Swastika comes from the Sanskrit root words – ‘Su’ meaning good, ‘Asti’ means ‘to be’ or ‘existence’ and ‘Ka’ means to make. This asana can be described as one that helps to realize the unity of existence.

Bhadrasana – The Gracious Pose

bhadrasana - Gracious Pose

Bhadrasana or the Gracious Pose is good for activating the Mooladhara chakra. In Sanskrit ‘Bhadra’ means ‘auspicious’ and ‘asana’ means ‘pose’. Bhadrasana is mentioned in the Hatha Yoga text Hatha Yoga Pradeepika and also in the Gheranda Samhita.

Vrishchikasana – The Scorpion Pose

Purna Vrishchikasana - Full Scorpion Pose

Vrishchikasana or the Scorpion Pose is an inverted pose and an advanced yoga asana which has great benefits for the nerves, the endocrine glands and has anti-aging benefits. In Sanskrit, Vrishchika means a Scorpion. In the final position, Vrischikasana resembles the scorpion with its tail lifted upwards. When a scorpion wants to sting its victim, it raises the tail above the back and strikes the victim over the head. This pose resembles a scorpion ready to strike. This pose is usually done at the end of asana practice.