Yoga Postures

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  1. Sitting Half Spinal Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

    Ardha Matsyendrasana, Sitting Half Spinal Twist, yoga pose for spine, yoga pose to open up chest, Ardha Matsyendrasana Ardha = half; Matsyendra = king of the fish matsya = fish; indra = ruler. Pronounced: ARE-dah MAT-see-en-DRAHS-anna How to do Sitting ha ...
  2. Ardha Chakrasana (Standing Backward Bend)

    Ardha= Half; Chakra= Wheel; asana= Pose Pronounced: ardhah-chak-rah-asanah How to do Standing Backward Bend (Ardha Chakrasana)? Stand straight with feet together and arms alongside the body. Balance your weight equally on both feet Breathing in, extend yo ...
  3. Upward Plank Pose (Poorvottanasana)

    The literal meaning of this asana (posture) is to stretch towards the east. However, this has nothing to do with stretching in the east direction. Poorvottanasana specifically refers to the flow of pranaic subtle energies in the "eastern" fronta ...
  4. Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)

    Vriksha- Tree; Asana- Pose The asana is pronounced as VRIK-shAH-sana This posture replicates the graceful, steady stance of a tree. Unlike most yoga poses, the Tree Pose requires keeping our eyes open in order to maintain body balance. How to do the Tree ...
  5. Cat Stretch (Marjariasana)

    Cat Stretch (Marjariasana) Even pet cats can teach us lessons in yoga! With a keen eye, the yogi absorbs ideas from the world around. Marjari asana, or the cat stretch, incorporates the excellent feline stretch in the yoga workout. Marjari = Cat; Asana = ...
  6. Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)

    This yoga posture has been named after the shape it takes – that of a bow. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) is part of the Padma Sadhana sequence. This yoga posture is pronounced as DHUN-ur-AAHS-uh-nuh. Dhanu = Bow; Asana = Posture or Pose How to do Bow Pose (Dhanu ...
  7. Wind-Relieving Pose (Pawanmuktasana)

    This yoga pose, as its name suggests, is excellent for releasing abdominal gas.  Pawanmuktasana   is pronounced as PUH-vuhn-mukt-AAHS-uh-nuh. Pavana  = wind,  mukta = relieve or release, Asana =  Posture or Pose How to do Wind-Relieving Pose (Pawanmuktasa ...
  8. Standing Spinal Twist (Katichakrasana)

    The name of this yoga posture, Katichakrasana, literally means rotation of the waist. It gives a nice stretch to the waist and helps in making it more flexible and supple. It takes very little time to do the stretch and it benefits your body in many ways. ...
  9. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

    Sitting in a chair may sound very easy and comfortable. But sitting in an imaginary chair might be a little challenging! And this is exactly what we do in Utkatasana or Chair Pose. The literal meaning of Utkatasana is intense posture or powerful posture. ...
  10. Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)

    Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana) This asana resembles a serpent with its hood raised. Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana is part of the sequence of yoga postures in Padma Sadhana and Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation. Bhujangasana is pronounced as BHU-jung-AAHS-uh-nuh. B ...
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