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  » Yoga department  »   My favourite yogic poses (page 1)
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Adho Mukha Svanasana
(Downward-Facing Dog)

One of the most widely recognized yoga poses, Downward-Facing Dog is an, rejuvenating

Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand)

Literally Downward Facing Tree Pose, this pose might more accurately be called Adho Mukha Tadasana, Downward Facing Mountain Pose. The alignment in Handstand is exactly the same as it is in Mountain, the only difference being in the position of the arms.

Anjali Mudra (Salutation Seal)

Practicing Anjali Mudra is an excellent way to induce a meditative state of awareness.

Ardha Chandrasana
(Half Moon Pose)

This pose is a highly effective strengthener for the legs and ankles. You have to sort of squint to see the half moon; try drawing a half-circle from the raised top hand through the lifted foot to the standing foot and supporting hand

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose)

Named after a legendary teacher of yoga, this twist energizes the spine and stimulates the digestive fire.

Baddha Konasana
(Bound Angle Pose)

Bound Angle Pose, also called Cobbler's Pose after the typical sitting position of Indian cobblers, is an excellent groin- and hip-opener.

(Crane Pose)

A compact arm balance, Crane Pose tones and strengthens the abdominal organs and arms.

Bharadvajasana I (Bharadvaja's Twist)

This gentle twist is a tonic for the spine and the abdominal organs

(Child's Pose)

Balasana is a restful pose that can be sequenced between more challenging asanas.

Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose)

Chaturanga Dandasana is the challenging yoga push-up frequently practiced as part of the traditional Sun Salutation sequence.

(Cobra Pose)

This posture promotes flexibility in the spine and encourages the chest to open.

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One-Legged King Pigeon Pose)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana is a deep backbend that puffs the chest, making a yogi resemble a pigeon. The full pose, is suitable for intermediate students only.

(Eagle Pose)

For Garudasana you need strength, flexibility, and endurance, but also unwavering concentration that actually calms the fluctuations (vrtti) of consciousness. This is true of all the yoga poses, but it’s a bit more obvious in pretzel-like Eagle.

(Plow Pose)

Plow Pose reduces backache and can help you get to sleep.

Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose)

Hanuman literally means "having large jaws." Hanuman, a figure in Hindu mythology, is the semi-divine chief of an army of monkey warriors in India's great epic, the Ramayana. As the son of the wind god, Vayu (or Pavana), Hanuman is able to fly.

Janu Sirsasana
(Head-to-Knee Pose)

A forward bend for all levels of students, Janu Sirsasana is also a spinal twist.

(Heron Pose)

This pose intensifies the stretch of Triang Mukha Eka Pada Pashcimottanasana.

Marichyasana I
(Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi, I)

Marichi is the son of Brahma and chief of the Maruts, the warlike storm gods. He's one of the seven seers (rishis) or lords of creation (prajapatis), who intuitively "see" and declare the divine law of the universe (dharma).

Marichyasana III
(Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi, I)

Marichi's Pose is sometimes called the Sage's Pose. Usually the pose is described with the arm to the outside of the bent knee, but this position isn't accessible to most students. Here we'll work with the arm hugging the leg that's bent.

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

Unlike many of the poses that mimic the creatures they’re named after, Fish Pose doesn’t actually look like a fish. Instead, it’s said that if you perform this pose in water, you will be able to float like a fish.

(Lord of the Dance Pose)

Also called the Cosmic Dancer, Nataraja is another name for Shiva. His dance symbolizes cosmic energy in its "five actions:" creation, maintenance, and destruction or re-absorption of the world, concealment of authentic being, and salvific grace.

Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

The ultimate yoga pose, Padmasana requires open hips and consistent practice.

Paripurna Navasana
(Full Boat Pose)

An abdominal and deep hip flexor strengthener, Boat Pose requires you to balance on the tripod of your sitting bones and tailbone.

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)

Revolved Side Angle Pose is one of three revolved variations of standing poses, the other two being Revoloved Triangle Pose and Revolved Half Moon Pose.

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