Asana Archive

Often when I teach, I will use the Sanskrit terms for various shapes and poses. The reason behind doing so is two fold: (1) to respect to the tradition from which the physical practice originates and (2) because cueing in Sanskrit is clearer (i.e. once one knows the words). To that end, the following page is devoted. There are pictures of me doing many common shapes in various places with the English and Sanskrit terms. 

Enjoy!

 


 

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Natarajasana – Dancer Pose

 

paschimottanasana
Paschimottanasana – Seated Forward Fold

 

Marichyasana III –  Seated Spinal Twist

 

Bound Marichyasana III
Bound Marichyasana III – Bound Seated Spinal Twist

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ardha Chandrasana
Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon

 

Garudasana
Garudasana – Eagle Pose

 

Virabdadrasana III
Virabdadrasana III – Warrior Three

 

Virabhadrasana II
Virabhadrasana II – Warrior Two

 

Virabhadrasana I
Virabhadrasana I – Warrior One

 

Viparita Virbhadrasana – Reversed Warrior

 

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – Upward Facing Dog

 

Adho Mukha Svanasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog

 

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Urdhva Namaskar – Upward Solute

 

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Uttanasana – Standing Forward Fold

 

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Ardha Uttanasana – Half Standing Forward Fold

 

Titibasana
Titibasana – FireFly Pose

 

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Utkatasana – Chair Pose/Fierce Pose

 

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Tadasana – Mountain Pose

 

Trikonasana
Trikonasana – Triangle Pose

 

Pavrita Trikonasana
Parivrtta Trikonasana – Revolved Triangle Pose

 

Parivrtta Anjaneyasana
Parivrtta Anjaneyasana – Revolved Low Lunge

 

Bakasana
Parsva Bakasana – Side Crow

 

Eka Pada Koundinyasana I
Eka Pada Koundinyasana I

 

Ardha Chandrasana chapasana
Ardha Chandrasana Chapasana

 

Setu bandha sarvangasana
Setu bandha sarvangasana – Supported Shoulderstand

 

Vrkasana
Vrksasana – Tree Pose

 

Prasarita Padottanasana A
Prasarita Padottanasana A – Standing Wide Legged Forward Fold

 

Navasana
Ardha Navasana – Half Boat Pose

 

balasana
Balasana – Child’s Pose

 

Savasana
Savasana – Corpse Pose

 

Adho Mukha Vrksasana
Adho Mukha Vrksasana – Upward Facing Tree Pose (a.k.a. Handstand)

 

matsyasana
Matsyasana – Fish Pose

 

Bhujapidasana
Side Bend Variation of Sukhasana



Pavrita Sukhasana

Variation of Paschimottanasana

Bird Dog
Siddhasana