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Strike a pose

guide to yoga terminology

ADHO [AH-doh] downward

ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA downward facing dog pose

ANJANEYASANA low lunge

APANASANA knees to chest pose, wind relieving pose

ARDHA [ARD-hah] half

ARDHA CHADRASANA half moon pose

ASANA [AH-suh-nuh]: seat; a physical posture or pose in yoga;  yoga postures in sanskrit contain the suffix -asana  i.e. triangle pose is trikonasana (tri= 3, kona= angle, asana=pose)

BADDHA [BAH-dah] bound

BADDHA KONASANA bound angle pose; cobbler’s pose; butterfly

BALASANA child’s pose

BAKASANA crow pose

BHUJANGASANA cobra pose

BITILASANA cow pose


CHATURANGA DANDASANA plank; 4-limbed staff pose


DANDASANA staff pose

DHANURASANA bow pose


EKA PADA VASISTASANA 1-legged side plank pose


GARUDASANA eagle pose

GOMUKHASANA  cow-face pose


HALASANA [hah-LAHS-anna] plow

HANUMANASANA  monkey pose; a split

HASTA [HA-sta] hand



KARNAPIDASANA ear to knee pose

KURMASANA tortoise pose


MALASANA  garland pose, yogi squat

MARJARYASANA cat pose

MARICHYASANA  sage pose

MATSYASANA fish pose

MAYURASANA peacock pose


NAVASANA [nah-VAHS-anna] boat pose

NATARAJASANA [not-ah-rah-JAHS-anna] king of the dancers pose


PADA [pah-DAH] foot

PADMASANA [pod-MAHS-anna] lotus pose

PARIGHASANA [par-ee-GOSS-anna] gate-latch pose

PARIVRTTA [par-ee-VRIT-tah] twist, to turn around

PARIVRTTA BADDHA PARSVAKONASANA [parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna] reversed side angle pose

PARSVOTTANASANA intense side stretch

PASCHIMOTTANASANA seated forward fold

PHALAKASANA plank pose

PINCHA MAYURASANA elbow stand, feathered peacock pose

PRASARITA [pra-sa-REE-tah] spread, expanded

PRASARITA PADOTTANASANA wide-stance forward bend

PURVOTTANASANA upward plank pose


SALABHASANA  [sha-la-BAHS- anna] locust pose

SALAMBA [sah-LOM-bah] supported

SALAMBA SARVANGASANA supported shoulderstand

SAMASTHITI [sam-AHST-ee-tee] equal standing pose

SARSANGASANA rabbit

SAVASANA [shah-VAHS-anna] corpse pose

SETU BANDHASANA bridge

SIRSASANA [shear-SHAHS-anna] headstand

SUCIRANDHRASANA eye of the needle pose

SUPTA [soup-tah] reclining

SUPTA PANDANGUSTASANA reclining hand-to-big-toe pose

SUKHASANA [suk-HAS-anna] comfortable seated posture


TADASANA [tah-DAHS-anna] mountain pose

TRIKONASANA [trik-cone-AHS-anna] triangle pose


UPAVISTHA KONASANA side seated wide-angle pose

URDHVA [OORD-vah] upward facing

URDVHA DHANURASANA upward bow pose

URDHVA HASTASANA upward salute

URDHVA MUKHA SVANASANA upward facing dog pose

USTRASANA [oosh-TRAHS-anna] camel pose

UTKATASANA awkward pose; chair pose

UTTANASANA [OOT-tan-TAHS-anna] forward fold

UTTHITA [oo-TEE-tah] extended

UTTHITA HASTA PADANGUSTASANA extended hand-toe pose

UTTHITA PARSVAKONASANA extended side angle pose


VASISTASANA [vah-sish-TAHS-anna] side plank pose

VIRABHADRASANAwarrior pose

VIRASANA hero pose

VRKASANA [vrik-SHAHS-anna] tree pose

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