Yoga Poses (Asanas)

Yoga Asanas or postures are body positions, typically associated with the practice of Yoga. They are intended primarily to restore and maintain a practitioner's well-being, improve the body's flexibility and vitality.

* Akarshana Dhanurasana - Pulled Bow Pose. In this posture, the big toes are pulled up to the ear as an archer pulls back the string of his bow and gets ready to shoot an arrow.

* Anantasana- This is a pose named after the sleeping position of Lord Vishnu.

* Ardha Halasana - The Half-Plough Pose

* Ardha Matsyendrasana - The Half-Spinal Twist

* Ardha Padmasana - Half-Lotus Pose

* Ardha Shalabhasana - Half-Locust Pose. The final arrangement of this asana looks like a locust when it lowers its head to and raises its tail.

* Baddha Konasana - Baddha means locked-up and kona means angle.

* Baddha Padmasana - The Locked Lotus Pose. In this posture, the big toes are grasped by the fingers with arms crossed from behind.

* Bhadrasana - The Locked Lotus Pose. Bhadra means valuable.

* Bhujangasana - Cobra Pose. This asana is called "Bhujangasana" as the raised trunk, neck and head while practicing it resemble a cobra rearing its hood and about to strike, while the joined and stretched legs resemble its tail.

* Chakrasana - Wheel Pose. Chakra means wheel.

* Chakrasana - Wheel Pose. In the final position of this asana, the body is arched backward and resembles the rim of a wheel.

* Dandasana - Stick Pose. Danda means stick in Sanskrit.

* Dhanurasana - Bow Pose. In the final position of this asana, the body takes the shape of a bow, drawn tight to shoot an arrow.*

Gomukhasana - Cow-Face Pose. When this asana is performed, the final position of the legs resembles the face of a cow.

* Halasana - Plough Pose. This posture is called 'Halasana' because in the final position the body resembles the Indian plough.

* Januhastasana - Hand-to-Knee Pose. The hand is made to rest near the knee in this posture.

* Janusirasana - Head-to-Knee Pose. The head is made to rest on the knee in this posture.

* Makarasana - Crocodile Pose. Makar means crocodile.

* Mandukasana - Frog Pose. The arrangement of the legs in this posture resembles the hind legs of a frog.

* Matsyasana - Fish Pose. If a person lies steadily on water in this posture, he can keep floating on it easily like a fish without the help of the hands and legs.

* Naukasana - Boat Pose. The final position of this asana resembles a boat.

* Oordhwa Pada Hastasana - Hand-to-Raised-Feet Pose. You have to touch your raised feet with your hands in this posture.

* Padahastasana - Hand-to-Feet Pose. You have to catch your big toes with your hands in this posture.

* Padmasana - Lotus Pose. This posture is called Padmasana because the arrangement of the hands and feet resemble a lotus when seen from a distance.

* Parvatasana - Mountain Pose. As the arms are raised high and the fingers are joined together above the head in this posture, the body resembles mountain peak.

* Paschimotanasana - Posterior Stretch. Paschimotana means stretching the posterior regions of the body.

* Pavanamuktasana - Wind-releasing Pose

* Purna Titali Asana - Full Butterfly Pose. Titali means butterfly.

* Samasana - Equilibrium Pose. In this asana the external organs of the body are kept in such a way that they stand divided into two, hence the name Samasana.

* Sarvangasana - All-Parts Pose. The final position of this asana resembles a locust when it lowers its head to eat and raises its tail.

* Sasankasana - Hare Pose. The final position of this asana resembles a bounding hare.

* Savasana - Corpse Pose. To practice this asana, one should lie motionless on the floor like as dead body in order to secure complete relaxation of all parts of his body and remove mental as well as physical tensions.

* Siddhasana - Pose of an expert. Siddha means a spiritually enlightened person.

* Sirshasana - Head stand. It is required to stand on his head in this asana.

* Sukhasana - Comfortable Pose. Any cross-legged sitting position which you find comfortable in which you can remain at ease for a long time is called Sukhasana.

* Supta Udarakarshanasana - Lying Abdominal Twist. This pose entails abdominal twisting.

* Supta Vajrasana - Reclining Vajrasana. This asana means lying down sleeping in Vajrasana.

* Talasana - Palm-tree Pose. In this posture, the body is held upright like the trunk of a palm tree.

* Trikonasana - Triangle Pose. The straight legs with the floor between the feet resemble the three sides of a triangle in this asana.

* Urdhvamukha Svanasana - Upward-facing dog pose

* Ushtrasana - Camel Pose.

* Utkatasana - Half-Squat Pose. This posture is requires to raise the heels and hips.

* Uttanapadasana - Raised-leg Pose. In this asana both the legs are raised upwards.

* Vajrasana - Adamant Pose. Sitting in this asana will provide firmness or stability to the sitter like that of an adamant person.

* Vakrasana - Twisted Pose. This asana is designed to twist the spine to the right and left side in from its erect position.

* Veerasana - Warrior Pose. Hence it is called as "Veerasana" means the pose of a Warrior. the similar position is formed in this asana

* Viparita Karani - Inverted Pose. The usual posture of the body is inverted in this practice.

* Vrikshasana - Tree Pose. In the final position of this asana one has to stand still like a tree.

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