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Yoga Postures – Asanas And Their Names

There are a lot of yoga postures and poses known in Sanskrit as ‘asanas’.

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Asana is classically defined as ‘posture or pose;’ its literal meaning is ‘seat.’  Originally, there was only one asana– a stable and comfortable pose for prolonged seated meditation.

More than just stretching and toning the physical body, different yoga poses open the nadis – energy channels,  and chakras – psychic centers of the body. Yoga poses also help to purify and heal the body, as well as helping you to develop a controlled, calm focus of the mind.

The different categories of yoga postures produce different energetic, mental, emotional and physical effects withing your body and mind.

Yoga postures have a lot of benefits such that it aims to improve our posture and overall physical well-being.

Yoga postures are good to strengthen our body, giving focus to the thighs, knees and the . If you get used to practicing yoga positions everyday, you can expect that your muscles and bones will respond fairly quickly.

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Asanas

Sanskrit transliterationSanskritEnglishImageClassification
Adho Mukha Śvānāsanaअधोमुखश्वानासनDownward-Facing Dog PoseAdo-muka-shvanasana.jpgArm Balance and Forward Bend.
Adho Mukha Vṛkṣāsanaअधोमुखवृक्षासनDownward-Facing Tree (Full Arm Balance)AcroDanceHandstand.jpgArm Balance
Ākarṇa Dhanurāsanaआकर्णधनुरासनBow posture up to ear Forward Bend (Paschima Pratana Sthiti)
Anantāsanaअनन्तासनAnanta‘s poseAnantāsana-posture of ananta.jpgSupine Leg stretch
Anjaneyasanaअञ्जनेयासनHonorable Pose, Crescent Moon, Crescent Lunge Standing asana (Hip opener)
Ardha Candrāsanaअर्धचन्द्रासनHalf moonArdha-Chandrasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
Ardha Matsyendrāsanaअर्धमत्स्येन्द्रासनHalf lord of the fishes poseArdha-Matsyendrasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgTwisting (Parivrrta Sthiti)
Ardha Navāsanaअर्धनावासनHalf boat postureArdha Navāsana-half-boat.jpgAbdominal asana (Udara Akunchana Sthiti)
Aṣṭāvakrāsanaअष्टावक्रासनAṣṭāvakra‘s poseAstavakrasana.jpgArm SECe
Baddha Koṇāsanaबद्धकोणासनBound angleBaddha Koṇāsana-bound angle.jpgSitting asana/Forward Bend (Upavista Sthiti/Paschima Pratana Sthiti)
BakāsanaबकासनCraneBakasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgArm Balance
BālāsanaबालासनChild’s PoseBalasana.JPGKneeling forward bend
Bharadvājāsanaभरद्वाजासनBharadvaja’s twistBharadvajasana1 (cropped).JPGTwisting (Parivrrta Sthiti)
BhekāsanaभेकासनFrogBhekāsana-frog.jpgBackbend (Extension) (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
Bhujaṅgāsanaभुजङ्गासनCobraBhujangasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgBackbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
BhujapīḍāsanaभुजपीडासनArm-pressing postureBhujapidasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgArm balance
BidalasanaबिडालासनCat Pose Kneeling
Caturaṅga Daṇḍāsanaचतुरङ्गदण्डासनFour-Limbed StaffChaturanga-Dandasana low Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgArm Balance
Chakrasanaचक्रासनWheelChakrasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgBackbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
Daṇḍāsanaदण्डासनStaff poseDandasana yoga posture.jpgSitting asana (Upavista Sthiti)
DhanurāsanaधनुरासनBowDhanurasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgBackbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
Dvi Pāda Sirsāsanaद्विपादशिरशासनBoth feet behind head (lit: two-footed head pose) Forward Bend (Paschima Pratana Sthiti)
Dvi Pāda Viparīta Daṇḍāsanaद्विपदविपरीतदण्डासनTwo-Legged Inverted Staff PoseDwi Pada Viparita Dandasana.jpgBackbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
Eka Pada Koundinyāsana Iएकपादकौण्डिण्यासनKoundinya‘s pose, twisted one legged arm balanceParivritta Eka Pada Koundinyasana.JPGArm balance
Eka Pada Koundinyasana IIएकपादकौण्डिण्यासनKoundinya‘s pose, one legged arm balance with straight legsEka Pada koundinyasana.JPGArm balance
Eka Pāda Rājakapotāsana IएकपादराजकपोतासनOne-Legged King PigeonEka-Pada-Raja-Kapotasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgBackbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
Ekapādaśīrṣāsanaएकपादशीर्षासनFoot behind Head Pose Forward Bend (Paschima Pratana Sthiti)
Eka pāda śīrṣāsanaएकपादशीर्षासनOne legged supported head balance Inverted asana (Viparita Sthiti)
Garbhāsanaगर्भासनFetus  
GaruḍāsanaगरुडासनEagle poseGarudasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
GomukhāsanaगोमुखासनCow faced poseGomukhasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgSitting asana (Upavista Sthiti)
Guptasanaगुप्तासन   
HalāsanaहलासनPloughHalasana.jpgInverted asana (Viparita Sthiti)
HanumanāsanaहनुमानासनMonkey PoseHanumanasana - Hanuman's Posture - in Diagonal View.jpgLeg Stretch
Jānuśīrṣāsanaजानुशीर्षासनHead-to-Knee Forward BendJanusirsasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgForward Bend (Paschima Pratana Sthiti)
Jāṭharaparivṛttāsanaजाठरपरिवृत्तासनBelly-revolving posture 
KarṇapīḍāsanaकपोतासनEar-pressingKarnapidasana.jpgInverted asana (Viparita Sthiti)
Krāuñcāsanaक्रौञ्चासनHeron 
Kukkuṭāsanaकुक्कुटासनCockerelKukkutasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgArm Balance
Kūrmāsanaकूर्मासनTortoiseKurmasana.jpgForward Bend (Paschima Pratana Sthiti)
LolāsanaलोलासनPendant  
Mahāmudrāमहामुद्राThe great seal posture Forward Bend (Paschima Pratana Sthiti)
MakarāsanaमकरासनCrocodileMakarasana Asana (Crocodile Posture).jpg 
MālāsanaमालासनGarland  
Maṇḍalāsanaमण्डलासनCircle  
Mārjāryasanaमार्जार्यासनCat pose  
Matsyāsanaमत्स्यासनFishMatsyasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgSupine backbend
Matsyendrāsanaमत्स्येन्द्रासनLord of the Fishes Twisting (Parivrrta Sthiti)
MayūrāsanaमयूरासनPeacockPeacock pose.jpgArm Balance
Muktahastaśīrṣāsanaमुक्तहस्तशीर्षासन“Hands-Free” Head stand Inverted asana (Viparita Sthiti)
Muktasanaमुक्तसनThe liberated Pose  
NaṭarājāsanaनटराजासनDancer or Lord of the DanceNatarajasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgBackbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
NāvāsanaनावासनBoat Sitting asana
Nirālambasarvāṅgāsanaनिरालम्बसर्वाङ्गासनUnsupported shoulder stand Inversion (Viparita Sthiti)
Pādahastāsanaपादहस्तासनStanding Forward BendPadahastasana yoga posture.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
Padma Pinyamayurasana Peacock Feather Pose with legs in Padmasana/Elbow BalanceUrdhva padmasana.jpgArm Balance
Padmāsanaपद्मासनLotusTanumânasî en Meditacion Loto Padmasana.JPGSitting asana (Upavista Sthiti)
Paripūrṇanāvāsanaपरिपूर्णनावासनFull BoatParipurna-Navasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgAbdominal asana (Udara Akunchana Sthiti)
Parivṛtta Baddha Pārśvakoṇāsana Revolved Bound Side AngleParivrtta-Baddha-Parsvakonasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgAsymmetrical standing twist with hand lock
Parivrtta Pārśvakonasanaपरिवृत्तपार्श्वकोणासनRevolved Side AngleRevolved Lunge.jpgTwisting (Parivrrta Sthiti)
Parivṛttatrikoṇāsanaपरिवृत्तत्रिकोणासनRevolved Triangle Twisting (Parivrrta Sthiti)
Parsvottanāsana Intense stretch to the sideParshvottanasana.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
Paryaṅkāsanaपर्यङ्कासनCouch Pose Sitting asana (Upavista Sthiti)
PāśāsanaपाशासनNoosePasasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgTwisting (Parivrrta Sthiti)
Paścimottānāsanaपश्चिमोत्तानासनExtension of the posterior (western) part of the bodyPaschimotanasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgForward Bend (Paschima Prattana Sthiti)
Pincha Mayurasana Feathered Peacock Pose, forearm balance Arm Balance
Prasāritapādottānāsanaप्रसारितपादोत्तानासनWide Stance Forward Bend Standing asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
RajakapotāsanaकपोतासनKing PigeonKapotasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgBackbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
ŚalabhāsanaशलभासनLocustSalabhasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgBackbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
Salamba Sarvāṅgāsana Iसर्वाङ्गासनShoulder StandSarvangasana.jpgInversion (Viparita Sthiti)
Salamba Śīrṣāsana Iशीर्षासनSupported HeadstandShirshasana.jpgInversion (Viparita Sthiti)
SamakoṇāsanaसमकोणासनStraight angle  
Samasthitiḥसमस्थितिःEqual StandingTadasana - Yoga Art and Science.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
ŚaśakāsanaशशकासनRabbitRabbit pose.jpg 
Śavāsana
Shavasana
Sarvasana
Mrtasana
शवासनCorpse PoseShavasana.jpgResting asana (Visranta Karaka Asana)
Setubandhāsanaसेतुबन्धासनBridge Pose Backbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
Setubandhasarvāṅgāsanaसेतुबन्धसर्वाङ्गासनShoulder supported Bridge Backbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
Siddhāsanaसिद्धासनSiddhi’s PoseSidhasana.JPGSitting asana (Upavista Sthiti)
SiṁhāsanaसिंहासनLionSimhasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpg 
SukhāsanaसुखासनAuspicious (Easy) PoseSukkasana.jpgSitting asana (Upavista Sthiti)
Suptabaddhakoṇāsanaसुप्तभद्धकोणासनReclining Bound Angle Resting asana (Visranta Karaka Asana)
Suptakoṇāsanaसुप्तकोणासनAngle Inversion (Viparita Sthiti)
Supta Padangustasana I Catching the big toe supine poseArdha maerudhandaasana.jpgSupine Leg stretch
Suptavajrāsanaसुप्तवज्रासनThunderbolt  
Suptavīrāsanaसुप्तवीरासनReclining HeroSupta-Virasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgResting asana ()
Svastikāsanaस्वस्तिकासनCross Pose Sitting asana (Upavista Sthiti)
TāḍāsanaताडासनMountain PoseTadasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
Tiṭṭibhāsanaटिट्टिभासनInsect Pose Arm balance
Trikoṇāsanaत्रिकोणासनTriangleTrikonasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
TulāsanaतुलासनBalance postureYoga-tulasana.JPGArm Balance
Uḍḍīyānabandhaउड्डीयानबन्धThe abdominal lock  
Upavesāsana Squatting Pose Squatting asana
Upaviṣṭakoṇāsanaउपविष्टकोणासनOpen Angle Forward Bend (Paschima Pratana Sthiti)
Urdhva Dhanurasanaऊर्ध्वधनुरासनUpwards-facing bowChakrasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgBackbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
Ūrdhvamukhaśvānāsanaऊर्ध्वमुखश्वानासनUpward-Facing DogUpward-facing dog pose.jpgBackbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
Uṣṭrāsanaउष्ट्रासनCamelUstrasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgBackbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)
Utkaṭāsanaउत्कटासनAwkward Pose/Powerful poseUtkatasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
Uttanakūrmāsanaउत्तानकूर्मासनInverted Tortoise  
Uttānāsanaउत्तानासनStanding Forward BendUttanasana.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
Utthitahastapādāṅguṣṭhāsanaउत्थितहस्तपादाङ्गुष्ठासनStanding Big Toe HoldUtthita-Hasta-Padangusthasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
Utthitapārśvakoṇāsanaउत्थितपार्श्वकोणासनExtended Side AngleUtthita-Parshvakonasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
Uttihita Pārśvakonasana Extended Side Angle Pose Standing asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
Vajrāsanaवज्रासनThunderboltVajrasana.jpgSitting asana (Upavista Sthiti)
Vasiṣṭhāsanaवसिष्ठासनVasista’s pose/Vasista is the name of a sageYoga PLank.jpgArm Balance (Side Plank Pose)
VātāyanāsanaवातायनासनHorse Standing asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
ViparītakaraṇiविपरीतकरणिLegs-up-the-WallViparita-Karani Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgInverted asana (Viparita Sthiti)
Vīrabhadrāsana Iवीरभद्रासनWarrior IVirabhadrasana I - Warrior Pose I.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
Vīrabhadrāsana IIवीरभद्रासन IIWarrior IIWarrior II.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
Vīrabhadrāsana IIIवीरभद्रासन IIIWarrior IIITuladandasana.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
VīrāsanaवीरासनHeroVirasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgSitting asana (Upavista Sthiti)
Vṛkṣāsanaवृक्षासनTreeVriksasana Yoga-Asana Nina-Mel.jpgStanding asana (Uttihista Sthiti)
Vṛścikāsanaवृश्चिकासनscorpion Backbend (Purva Pratana Sthiti)

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SEATED YOGA POSES

Energetic Effect: Grounding & Balancing • Physical Effect: Flexibility
Threading the Needle
Easy Pose
Child
Seated Forward Bend
Rabbit
Table Pose
Balancing Table
Tiger
One-Legged King Pigeon (Version A)
Accomplished Pose
Cat Tilt Pose
Downward Facing Dog
Bound Angle
Half lord of the fishes (Version A)
Half Lotus

STANDING YOGA POSES
Energetic Effect: Uplifting & Opening • Physical Effect: Strength
Triangle
Mountain
Five Pointed Star
Tree
Warrior II
Standing Forward Fold
Goddess Squat
Warrior I
Crescent Moon
Chair
Standing Backbend
High Lunge
Pyramid
Reverse Warrior
Warrior III

SUPINE YOGA POSES
Energetic Effect: Nurturing & Integrating • Physical Effect: FlexibilityV
Bridge
Corpse
Belly Twist (Version A)
Half Supine Hero
Wind Relieving Pose
Joyful Baby
Supine Bound Angle
Supine Pigeon
Fish
Supine Hero

PRONE YOGA POSES
Energetic Effect: Energizing • Physical Effect: Back & Core Strength
Downward Facing Frog
Half Locust
Cobra
Four Limbed Staff Pose
Half Bow
Sphinx
Locust
Upward Facing Dog
Bow
Snake

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OTHER YOGA POSTURE TYPES
The above main categories of yoga poses can also be categorized into the yoga pose types below. You can also filter by these posture types on the above main pose category pages.

BACK-BENDING YOGA POSES

Bridge poseMatsyasana • Fish poseUstrasana • Camel Pose
Energetic Effect: Energizing
Physical Effect: Strengthens Back & Core, Opens Chest

BALANCING YOGA POSES

Crane yoga pose Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana • Revolved Half Moon
Energetic Effect: Invigorating
Physical Effect: Strengthens Arms & Legs

CORE STRENGTH POSES

Purvottanasana • Inclined PlaneOne Leg Boat
Energetic Effect: Stabilizing
Physical Effect: Strengthens Core Muscles

FORWARD BENDING POSES

Uttanasana • Standing Forward FoldChild yoga poseParsvottanasana • Pyramid
Energetic Effect: Calming
Physical Effect: Stretches hamstrings & back muscles
HIP OPENING POSES

Upavistha Konasana • Seated AngleBound Angle poseHanumanasana • Seated Splits
Energetic Effect: Surrendering
Physical Effect: Opens hips

TWISTING YOGA POSES

Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana • Revolved Half MoonParivrtta Parsvakonasana • Revolved Side AngleParvritta Trikonasana • Revolved Triangle
Energetic Effect: Letting Go
Physical Effect: Stretches back muscles

Here are some techniques on how to maintain a good yoga postures. Just follow these steps in order for you to fully understand yoga postures and learn to be able to execute them in the proper manner.

1. You should stand with the bases of your big toes touching and the heels should be slightly apart. You must lift and spread your toes slowly and the balls of your feet too. Then after, you need to lay them softly down on the floor. Rock yourself back and forth and even side to side. You may gradually reduce this swaying to maintain a standstill, with your weight balanced evenly on your feet.

2. Hardening your thigh muscles and then lifting the knee caps is next. Do it without hardening your lower belly. Lift the inner to make stronger the internal arches, then picture a line of energy all the way up along your inner thighs up to your groins. From there through the core of your neck, torso, and head, and out through the crown of your head. You should turn the upper thighs slowly inward. Make your tailbone longer toward the floor and raise the pubis in the direction of the navel.

3. Push your shoulder blades into your back, then broaden them cross-ways and discharge them down your back. Without roughly pushing your lower front ribs forward, lift the top of your sternum straight toward the ceiling. Broaden your collarbones. Suspend your arms alongside the torso.

4. You should balance the crown of your head, unswerving over the middle of your pelvis, with the base of your chin analogous to the floor, throat soft, and the tongue broad and plane on the floor of your mouth. Make your eyes look softer.

5. Tadasana is usually the initial yoga position for all the standing poses. Applying Tansana is useful especially in applying the poses. Staying in the pose for 30 seconds up to 1 minute, then easily keeps it satisfactory.

Just follow these simple basics and you will be sure that you are doing the right steps when performing yoga postures.

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