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Yoga Asanas Sanskrit Names

Yoga Asanas Sanskrit Names : Sanskrit is the classical Indian language still used in yoga asanas to define poses and practices. The names of yoga asanas are most commonly from four categories: anatomy; animals; sages and deities; and objects. Additionally, names of poses are further broken down into numbers and characteristics of the pose. Just about all yoga poses end with the suffix ‘asana’ which means ‘pose’.  If the yoga pose is named after nature it is necessary to know all the different parts of nature to know the name of the  yoga pose. ‘Vrksa’ means ‘tree’, so ‘vrksasana’ translates as ‘tree pose’, and ‘baka’ means ‘crane’, hence ‘crane pose’. Similarly it is necessary to know the Indian sage names to know the  yoga poses designated in their honour.

Standing Yoga Asanas Sanskrit Names

English Name Sanskrit Name
Standing Sideways Bending One arm Konasana
Sideways Bending Using Both arms Konasana 2
Standing Spinal Twist Katichakrasana
Standing Forward Bend Hastapadasana
Standing Backward Bend Ardha Chakrasana
Triangle Pose Trikonasana
Warrior Pose Veerabhadrasana or Virabhadrasana
Standing Forward Bend with Feet Apart Parsarita Padotanasana
Tree Pose Vrikshasana
Reverse Prayer Pose Paschim Namaskarasana
Eagle Pose Garudasana
Chair Pose Utkatasana

Sitting Yoga Asanas Sanskrit Names

English Name Sanskrit Name
One-Legged Forward Bend Janu Shirasasana
Two-Legged Forward Bend Paschimottanasana
Upward Plank Pose Poorvottanasana
Sitting Half Spinal Twist Ardha Matsyendrasana
Butterfly Pose Badhakonasana
Lotus Pose Padmasana
One-Legged Pigeon Pose Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana
Camel Pose Ustrasana
Child Pose Shishuasana
Mill Churning Pose Chakki Chalanasana

 Lying down on stomach Yoga Asanas Sanskrit Names

English Name Sanskrit Name
Side Plank Pose Vasisthasana
Downward Facing Dog Pose Adho Mukha Svanasana
Dolphin Plank Pose Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana
Cat Stretch Marjariasana
Bow Pose Dhanurasana
Cobra Pose Bhujangasana
Sphinx Pose Salamba Bhujangasana
Superman Pose Viparita Shalabhasana
Locust Pose Shalabasana

 Lying down on back Yoga Asanas Sanskrit Names

English Name Sanskrit Name
Boat Pose Naukasana
Bridge Pose Setu Bandhasana
Fish Pose Matsyasana
Wind-Relieving Pose Pavanamuktasana
Shoulder Stand Sarvangasana
Plow Pose Halasana
Lying-down Body Twist Natrajasana
Lying-down on sides Vishnuasana
Corpse Pose Shavasana