Strike a pose

guide to yoga terminology:

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)

ADHO [AH-doh] downward

ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA [MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna] downward facing dog pose, downward dog

ANJANEYASANA low lunge

APANASANA knees to chest pose, wind relieving pose

ARDHA [ARD-hah] half

ARDHA CHADRASANA half moon pose

 

Alphabetic characterBADDHA [BAH-dah] bound

BADDHA KONASANA [BAH-dah cone-AHS-anna] bound angle pose; cobbler’s pose; butterfly

BALASANA [bah-LAHS-anna] child’s pose

BAKASANA [bak-AHS-anna] crow pose

BHUJANGASANA [boo-jang-GAHS-anna] cobra pose

BITILASANA cow pose

 

CHATURANGA DANDASANA [chaht-tour-ANG-ah dan-DAHS-anna] plank; 4-limbed staff pose

 

Alphabetic characterDANDASANA [dan-DAHS-anna] staff pose

DHANURASANA  [don-your-AHS- anna] bow pose

 

 

EKA PADA VASISTASANA 1-legged side plank pose

 

 

Alphabetic characterGARUDASANA [gah-rue-DAHS-anna] eagle pose

GOMUKHASANA  cow-face pose

 

 

 

 

HALASANA [hah-LAHS-anna] plow

HANUMANASANA [hw-new-mahn AHS-anna] monkey pose; a split

HASTA [HA-sta] hand

 

 

 

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JANU SIRSASANA [JAH-new shear-SHAHS-anna] head-to-knee pose

 

 

 

 

KARNAPIDASANA [KAR-na- peed-AHS-anna] ear to knee pose

KURMASANA tortoise pose

MALASANA  garland pose, yogi squat

MARJARYASANA cat pose

MARICHYASANA  sage

MATSYASANA  [mots-YAHS-anna] fish pose

MAYURASANA [ma-your- AHS-anna] peacock pose

 

Alphabetic characterNAVASANA [nah-VAHS-anna] boat pose

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

 

 

 

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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 [parsh-voh-tahn-AHS-anna] intense side stretch

PASCHIMOTTANASANA [POS-chee-moh-tan-AHS-anna] seated forward fold

PHALAKASANA plank pose

PINCHA MAYURASANA elbow stand, feathered peacock pose

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

PRASARITA PADOTTANASANA [pah-doh-tahn-AHS-anna] wide-stance forward bend

PURVOTTANASANA [POOR-vo-tan-AHS-anna]  upward plank pose

 

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

SALAMBA [sah-LOM-bah] supported

SALAMBA SARVANGASANA [sah-LOM-bah sar-van-GAHS-anna] supported shoulderstand

SAMASTHITI [sam-AHST-ee-tee] equal standing, prayer 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 [OORD-vah don-your-AHS- anna] upward bow pose

URDHVA HASTASANA upward salute

URDHVA MUKHA SVANASANA [MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna] upward facing dog pose, up-dog

USTRASANA [oosh-TRAHS-anna] camel pose

UTKATASANA [OOT-kah-TAHS-anna] awkward pose; chair pose

UTTANASANA [OOT-tan-TAHS-anna] intense stretch pose; forward fold

UTTHITA [oo-TEE-tah] extended

UTTHITA HASTA PADANGUSTASANA [pad-an-goosh-TAHS-anna] extended hand-toe pose

UTTHITA PARSVAKONASANA [parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna] extended side angle pose

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

VIRABHADRASANA [veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna]

warrior pose

VIRASANA hero pose

VRKASANA [vrik-SHAHS-anna] tree pose