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Asana – Yoga Postures

Asana or Yoga Postures form the third step in Ashtanga Yoga. Maharishi Patanjali describes asana in Yoga Sutras as “Sthiram Sukham Asanam”, which means that asana is to stay in position or pose with ease. The purpose of yoga asana is to develop strength, balance and steadiness of the body which eventually leads to mastery over the mind.

Anjaneyasana – Low Lunge Pose

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 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.

Tiryaka Bhujangasana – Twisting Cobra Pose

Tiryaka Bhujangasana or twisting Cobra Pose is good for correcting postural defects of the upper spine. In Sanskrit, Tiryak means oblique, slant or transverse and in this case is translated as Twisting. Bhujanga means Cobra or a serpent and Asana means a pose. Tiryaka Bhujangasana is good for the flexibility of the spine and strengthens the arms and shoulders.

Parivrtta Trikonasana – Revolved Triangle Pose

Parivrtta Trikonasana or Revolved Triangle Pose strengthens the back and makes the spine flexible. In Sanskrit, Parivrtta means revolved, Trikona means with three angles or a triangle and Asana means a Pose.

Sphinx Pose – Salamba Bhujangasana

Sphinx Pose or Salamba Bhujangasana is a backward bending Yoga asana. In Sanskrit, Salamba Means supported, Bhujanga means serpent and Asana means a pose. Salamba Bhujangasana looks like the mythical Sphinx at Giza in its final pose.

Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana or the Half Moon Pose improves coordination and sense of balance. In Sanskrit, Ardha means half, Chandra means moon and Asana is a pose. Ardha Chandrasana also strengthens the legs and spine.

Vrikshasana – The Tree Pose

Vrikshasana or the Tree Pose is an excellent yogic balancing pose. In sanskrit, Vriksha means a tree and Asana means a pose. In Vrikshasana, the weight of the entire body is shifted to one leg, strengthening that leg. The entire posture requires a good sense of balance and once mastered, gives a sense of confidence and steadiness.

Baddha Konasana – Bound Angle Pose

Baddha Konasana or Bound Angle Pose improves flexibility of the muscles of the inner thighs, hips and the groins. In Sanskrit, Baddha means bound, Kona means angle and Asana means a pose. Some call this pose the Cobbler’s pose.

Uttanasana – The Standing Forward Bend Pose

Uttanasana or the Standing Forward Bend Pose involves intense bending of the hips and creates a very flexible body. In Sanskrit, Ut means Intense, Tana means stretched and Asana means a yogic pose.