Eka Pada Bakasana – One-Legged Crane Pose

Eka Pada Bakasana or the One-Legged Crane Pose looks like a crane patiently waiting to catch its prey. It develops strength of the wrists, arms and shoulders and improves concentration and balance. In Sanskrit, Eka means one, Pada is leg, Baka means crane and Asana means pose. There are many variations of Eka Pada Bakasana, depicting the crane in various poses. Most of them looks like a crane meditating in stillness, concentrating on its prey and waiting for the final kill.

Parsva Kakasana – Side Crow Pose

Parsva Kakasana or the Side Crow Pose strengthens the arms, shoulders and wrists and improves balance and awareness. In Sanskrit, Parsva means side, Baka means crow and Asana is a pose. Parsva Kakasana is an intermediate level pose and requires strong arms and shoulders.

Parsva Bakasana – Side Crane Pose

Parsva Bakasana or the Side Crane Pose is good for strengthening the arms and improving balance. In Sanskrit, Parsva means side, Baka means crane and Asana is a pose. Parsva Bakasana is an intermediate level pose and requires strong arms and shoulders.

Kaki Mudra – The Crow’s Beak Gesture

Kaki Mudra or the Crow’s beak gesture improves health, digestion and immunity of the body and longevity. In Sanskrit, Kaka means the crow and Mudra means a gesture or attitude.

Kakasana – The Crow Pose

Kakasana or the Crow Pose looks like a crow pecking on its food. In Sanskrit, Kaka means crow and Asana means pose. It is a good arm-balance pose for beginners. Kakasana strengthens the arms, wrists and shoulders and develops coordination and balance.

Udgeeth Pranayama – The Chanting of Om

Udgeeth Prananaya or Chanting of Om or Omkara, soothes the mind and induces a meditative state.  Udgeeth involves chanting the sacred syllable Om. Omkara Japa is another name for Udgeeth pranyama. It calms the mind. Yoga practitioners can use it as a prelude to meditation. It is one of the simplest of the Pranayams. How to Chant Om? The sacred syllable Om or Aum consists of three parts – A, U and M. Traditionally, there is a way to chant Om.  The first syllable “A” is pronounced as aaa…, the second syllable “U” is pronounced as ooo… and the last syllable “M” is pronounced as a humming mmm… sound. Then, concentrate on the silence that follows. The first sound “A” indicates …

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Dirgha Pranayama – The Three-Part Yogic Breathing

Dirgha Pranayama or the three-part breathing exercise is also known as yogic breathing or the full breath. In Sanskrit, Dirgha means long. In Dirgha pranayama, complete breathing is done with expansion of the abdomen, chest and the neck region. It is described in three steps, but the actual breathing process is done as a single continuous process.. Dirgha Pranayama or yogic breathing is about finding your natural breath.

Tiryaka Kati Chakrasana

Tiryaka Kati Chakrasana or the Swaying Waist Rotation pose strengthens the hips, shoulders and back muscles and removes fat round the waist. In Sanskrit, Tiryaka means oblique, Kati means waist and Chakra means a wheel. It can be roughly translated as swaying waist rotation pose as the body is swayed from side to side in the final position.

Natvarasana – Lord Krishna’s Pose

Natvarasana or the Lord Krishna’s pose is a balancing pose that develops balance and concentration. In Sanskrit, Nata means dance and Asana means a yoga posture. Natvara is also a fond name of Lord Krishna. He is popularly depicted in this pose, playing the flute.

Pushan Mudra – Hand mudra for Nourishment

Pushan Mudra is a yogic hand mudra or gesture used for improving digestion and nourishment. According to Ayurveda, the thumb represents the fire element, the index finger indicates the air element, the middle finger indicates space element and the ring finger, the earth element. In Pushan mudra, the hand gesture is different for the two hands. In the right hand use the Apana Vayu mudra and for the left hand use the Prana Vayu Mudra. Together they form the Pushan Mudra. Pushan is also one of the names of the Sun God. The Sun nourishes all the creatures living on earth. Pushan Mudra literally means the Mudra or gesture of Nourishment. How to do Pushan Mudra – The Mudra for …

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