Tag Archives: Yoga Pose

Ananda Balasana – Happy Baby Pose

Ananda Balasana - Happy Baby Pose

Ananda Balasana or the Happy Baby Pose is a good hip opener and gives relaxation to the mind. In Sanskrit, Ananda means bliss or happiness, Bala means child and Asana means a pose. Ananda Balasana is a beginner’s pose and can be done by any age group.

Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana

Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana - Extended Hand to Toe Pose

Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana or extended hand to toe pose stretches the hamstrings, gives a sense of balance and calms the mind. In sanskrit, Utthita means extended, Hasta means hand, Pada means feet, Angushta means toe and Asana is a pose.

Vakrasana – The Twisted Pose

VAKRASANA - THE TWISTED POSE

Vakrasana or the Twisted Pose makes the spine flexible and removes fat around the waist. In Sanskrit Vakra means twisted and asana is a pose. In Vakrasana, the trunk is twisted to either side and is practiced in the sitting position. It is a good twisting pose for beginners.

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.