Garbha Pindasana

Garbha pindasana is an advanced yoga pose requiring flexibility in the knees, hips and ankles. The name comes from the Sanskrit garbha, meaning “womb,” pinda, meaning “embryo,” and asana, meaning “pose” or “posture.” Starting in padmasana (lotus pose), the knees are lifted towards the body. Hands slide between the thighs and calf muscles, up to the back of the elbows. Elbows are bent and palms…

Pada hastasana

Padahastasana is a standing forward fold and one of the 12 basic postures of Hatha yoga. It is also the third pose of surya namaskar, the sun salutation sequence. It is believed to reduce tamas, which means heaviness or inertia in the body. This pose’s name comes from the Sanskrit pada which means “foot,” hasta meaning “hand” and asana meaning a “seat” or “posture.”

Paschimottanasana

Paschimottanasana is a seated forward bend with the upper body folded forward over the legs. It is one of the 12 basic postures of Hatha yoga and is also part of the Ashtanga primary series. Paschimottanasana is considered to be a calming posture for the mind and nervous system. It may be therapeutic for anxiety and…

Prasarita Padottanasana C

Prasarita padottanasana C is the third of four positions of this wide-legged forward fold, which involve four different expressions of the arms, although the base of the pose and the posture of the spine remain the same throughout the expressions of the asana. From Sanskrit, prasarita means “expanded,” “stretched out” or “spread.” For padottanasana, pada means “feet,” uttana means “intense stretch” and asana means “posture”…

Baddha Konasana B

Baddha konasana is a basic seated asana that opens the hips and the muscles of the groin. The term comes from the Sanskrit baddha,meaning “bound,” kona, meaning “angle” and asana, meaning “pose” or “posture.” To enter the pose, sit with the back straight, directly on the sit bones of the buttocks. Bend the knees, bringing the feet together in front of…

Ubhaya Padangushtasana

Ubhaya padangusthasana is an asana that requires an excellent sense of balance and works on strengthening and stretching the core body. To enter the pose, begin in a sitting position. The yogi then holds both big toes in the air with their fingers and uses their hips to hold the body stable. Ubhaya padangusthasana is known…

Uttana Padasana

Uttana padasana is an intense stretch of the legs. The terms comes from the Sanskrit uttana, meaning “intense stretch,” pada, meaning “leg” or “foot,” and asana meaning “pose” or “posture.” To enter the pose, lie on the floor backside down and raise the hands over the head. Keeping the feet together tightly at the arches with toes pointed towards the ceiling, lift both…

Supta Padangusthasana

Supta padangusthasana is one of the Restorative yoga poses that is perfomed with a yoga strap, but may also be done without the use of props. The term is derived from the Sanskrit, supta, meaning “supine” or “reclining”; pada, meaning “foot”; angustha, meaning “big toe”; and asana, meaning “pose.” The pose begins with the yogi on his/her back and the legs extended on…

Krounchasana

Krounchasana is a unique derivation of a forward bend that requires the leg to be brought toward the face. The name is derived from the Sanskrit krouncha, meaning “heron,” and asana, meaning “pose.” To enter this pose, the practitioner begins in dandasana (staff pose). One knee is folded so the heel rests by the hip as in virasana (hero pose). With the knees together,…