Marjaryasana is known as the cat posture, since Marja means cat in Sanskrit. It is a highly popular and frequently performed asanas in the world. The postures that we maintain in our daily lives determine our overall health and well-being. Marjaryasana is highly effective in correcting many of the wrong postures that we assume during many occasions, thereby enhancing our […]

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Ardha Matsyendrasana is known as the half lord of the fish posture, since Ardha in Sanskrit means half, Matsya means fish and Indra is divine ruler. Matsyendra was a legendary Yogi, who taught this asana first to Hatha Yoga students. It is believed that Yogi Matsyendra was a disciple of Lord Shiva. Once Lord Shiva went to a lonely island […]

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Paschimottanasana or seated forward bending posture is a technically intense western stretch, since Paschima means west in Sanskrit and Uttana means  intense stretch. Paschimottanasana stretches the back portion of your body, mainly the spine, the hips and the back of the legs. If you face tightness in your hamstrings and are not able to stretch forward fully, do not force […]

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Bakasana is termed as crane posture, since Baka means crane in Sanskrit. This is an advanced asana but a compact hand balancing asana. The focus of Bakasana is on the wrists and it strengthens the hands and abdominal organs, while stretching and increasing the flexibility of the spine. Procedure for Bakasana You should assume a squatting position on a folded […]

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Akarna Dhanurasana literally means ear bow pose, since Karna means ear in Sanskrit, while the prefix ‘A’ means near and Dhanur means bow. However, since the body of the practitioner resembles a bow and arrow or an archer aims to release an arrow from a bow, this asana is usually known shooting bow posture. The main purpose of the asana […]

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Sasankasana is also known as rabbit posture or hare posture, since Sasanka means rabbit or hare in Sanskrit. The final posture of this asana resembles a leaping rabbit or hare. However, a few other schools term this as moon posture or crescent moon posture, since Sasanka also means moon in Sanskrit. Procedure for Sasankasana You should sit in Vajrasana. You […]

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Halasana is known as plough posture, since your body will take the shape of a plough when you practise this. The Sanskrit word for plough is hala. Procedure for Halasana You should spread a blanket on the floor and lie flat on your back. The hands should be kept at your sides on the floor with your palms touching the […]

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Sarvangasana is a very powerful, even a mysterious asana that provides wonderful benefits. Since Sarva means all and Anga means limbs or members of our body, this posture can be termed as all members’ posture. When you perform this asana, all your body parts are engaged. Procedure of Sarvangasana You should spread a thick blanket on the ground and practice […]

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Parsvakonasana is usually termed as Utthita Parsvakonasana or extended side angled pose. This asana is highly useful in stretching the body parts that are not usually fully stretched. This is one of the beginning asanas but you have to practise this slowly in the beginning until your body becomes accustomed to stretch fully without any strain. Procedure for Parsvakonasana Parsvakonasana […]

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Vriksasana is termed as tree pose, since Vriksa in Sanskrit means tree. The Buddha commented once that dualities in life, such as gain or loss, pleasure or sorrow, and praise or blame will come and go in our lives like strong winds, but we should remain like a giant tree and stand firm in the midst of such winds. Vriksasana […]

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Prasarita Padottanasana is a forward bending asana in which the legs are kept wide. Hence, it is known as wide legged forward bending posture. After doing a few demanding asanas, especially backward bending asanas, you can do Prasarita Padottanasana to align, soothe and rebalance the body and mind. This asana is an ideal counter asana to all backward bending asanas. […]

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