Balancing Poses

Eka Pada Koundinyasana I (IPA: [pɐriʋr̩t̪t̪ɐ eːkɐ pɐd̪ɐ koːund̪inɟɑːsɐnɐ]; Sanskrit: परिवृत्त एक पद कोउन्दिन्यासन; IAST: eka pada koundinyāsana I) or twisted one legged arm balance is an asana. The asana is dedicated to the sage Koundinya. This twisting arm-balance asana is a derived version of Koundinyasana (named after sage Koundinya)Continue Reading

Sirsasana, Shirshasana (sher-shah-sahn-ah; Sanskrit: शीर्षासन; IAST: Śīrṣāsana), Sirshasana, or Headstand is an asana. In the Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana), the body is completely inverted and held upright supported by the forearms, while the crown of the headrests lightly on the floor. Sirsasana is nicknamed “king” of all the asanas. TheContinue Reading

Adho Mukha Vrksasana (ah-doh moo-kah vriks-SHAHS-anna) adho mukha = face, downward (adho = downward; mukha = face), vrksa = tree the handstand, translating to Downward-facing Tree Pose. In capoeira, it is named bananeira. A handstand is an act of supporting the body in a stable, inverted vertical position by balancingContinue Reading

Astavakrasana (Sanskrit: अस्तवक्रसन; IAST: Aṣṭāvakrāsana), Eight angled Pose or Astavakrasana is an asana. The pose is dedicated to the sage Astavakra, the spiritual guru of King Janaka. It is told that when the sage was in his mother’s womb, his father Kagola made several mistakes while reciting the Vedas. HearingContinue Reading

Bakāsana (Sanskrit: बकासन, Crane Pose), often used interchangeably with Kakasana (Sanskrit: काकासन, Crow Pose) is an asana. In all variations, Crane/Crow is an arm balancing asana in which hands are planted on the floor, shins rest upon upper arms, and feet lift up. Etymology:- The two names for the asanaContinue Reading

Bhujapidasana (Sanskrit: भुजपीडासन; IAST: Bhujapīḍāsana) or Shoulder pressing posture is an asana. The name of this asana comes from Bhuja (Sanskrit: भुज) meaning “arm” or “shoulder”, Pīḍa (Sanskrit: पीडा) meaning “pressure” and Asana (Sanskrit: आसन) meaning “posture”. Bhujapidasana is an arm supported asana in which the base of support isContinue Reading

Kukkutasana (Sanskrit: कुक्कुटासन; IAST: Kukkuṭāsana), Cock Pose or Rooster Posture is an asana The name comes from the Sanskrit words kukkuṭā meaning “cock” and asana (आसन) meaning “posture” or “seat”. Step by Step:- Sit on the ground with your head and spine erect. Extend your legs forward such that yourContinue Reading

Mayurasana (Sanskrit: मयूरासन) or Peacock Pose is an asana where the individual assumes a peacock-like posture. This asana tones up the abdominal portion of the body. It also strengthens the fore arms, wrists, and elbows. The name comes from the Sanskrit words Mayura (मयूर) meaning “peacock” and asana (आसन) meaningContinue Reading