Yoga Asanas

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 NameSanskrit Name
Standing Sideways Bending One armKonasana
Sideways Bending Using Both armsKonasana 2
Standing Spinal TwistKatichakrasana
Standing Forward BendHastapadasana
Standing Backward BendArdha Chakrasana
Triangle PoseTrikonasana
Warrior PoseVeerabhadrasana or Virabhadrasana
Standing Forward Bend with Feet ApartParsarita Padotanasana
Tree PoseVrikshasana
Reverse Prayer PosePaschim Namaskarasana
Eagle PoseGarudasana
Chair PoseUtkatasana

Sitting Yoga Asanas Sanskrit Names

English NameSanskrit Name
One-Legged Forward BendJanu Shirasasana
Two-Legged Forward BendPaschimottanasana
Upward Plank PosePoorvottanasana
Sitting Half Spinal TwistArdha Matsyendrasana
Butterfly PoseBadhakonasana
Lotus PosePadmasana
One-Legged Pigeon PoseEka Pada Raja Kapotasana
Camel PoseUstrasana
Child PoseShishuasana
Mill Churning PoseChakki Chalanasana

 Lying down on stomach Yoga Asanas Sanskrit Names

English NameSanskrit Name
Side Plank PoseVasisthasana
Downward Facing Dog PoseAdho Mukha Svanasana
Dolphin Plank PoseMakara Adho Mukha Svanasana
Cat StretchMarjariasana
Bow PoseDhanurasana
Cobra PoseBhujangasana
Sphinx PoseSalamba Bhujangasana
Superman PoseViparita Shalabhasana
Locust PoseShalabasana

 Lying down on back Yoga Asanas Sanskrit Names

English NameSanskrit Name
Boat PoseNaukasana
Bridge PoseSetu Bandhasana
Fish PoseMatsyasana
Wind-Relieving PosePavanamuktasana
Shoulder StandSarvangasana
Plow PoseHalasana
Lying-down Body TwistNatrajasana
Lying-down on sidesVishnuasana
Corpse PoseShavasana