Adham Pranayama

Pranayama is the practice of breath control, and it plays a crucial role in yoga for enhancing one’s physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. “Adham” is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as “inferior” or “low,” and it refers to the lower regions of the body, often associated with the abdomen. Therefore, “Adham Pranayama” translates […]

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Salamba Sarvangasana I

Salamba Sarvangasana I- 2 Alamba means a prop, a support and sa together with or accompanied by. Salamba, therefore, means supported or propped up. Sarvanga (Sarva=all, whole, entire, complete; anga=limb or body) means the entire body or all the limbs. In this pose the whole body benefits from the exercise, hence the name.  Techniques for […]

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Mukta Hasta Sirsasana

Mukta Hasta Sirsasana- 6 Mukta means free. Hasta means hand. This is the most difficult varia­tion of Sirsasana to master. When it comes comfortably, one is a perfect master of the head stand. It is comparatively easy to balance in this asana, but it is extremely difficult to go up and come down keeping the […]

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Salamba Sirasana

Salamba Sirsasana- 5 Salamba means with support. Sirsa means the head. This is the head stand pose, one of the most important Yogic asanas. It is the basic posture. It has several variations, which are described later as the sirsasana cycle. Its mastery gives one balance and poise, both physic­ ally and mentally. The technique […]

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Paschimottcmasana – 6 (Also called Ugrasana or Brahmacharyasana) Paschima literally means the west. I t implies the back of the whole body from the head to the heels. The anterior or eastern aspect is the front of the body from the face down to the toes. The crown of the head is the upper or […]

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Marichyasana – 5 This asana is dedicated to the sage Mar!chi, son of the Creator, Brahma. Mar!chi was the grandfather of Surya (the Sun God). Technique I. Sit on the floor with the legs stretched straight in front. 2. Bend the left knee and place the sole and heel of the left foot flat on […]

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Parivrtta Janu Sirasana

Parivrtta Janu Sirasana – 9 Parivrtta means turned round, revolved, janu means the knee and sirsa the head. I n this variation of Janu S1irasana one leg is extended on the ground, the other is bent at the knee, the trunk is twisted round, the extended foot is caught with both hands and the back […]

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Maha Mudra

Maha Mudra – 5 Maha means great or noble. Mudra means shutting, closing or sealing. In this sitting posture the apertures at the top and bottom of the trunk are held fast and sealed. Technique 1. Sit on the floor with the legs stretched straight in front. 2. Bend the left knee and move it […]

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Simhasana – 1 Simha means a lion. This asana is dedicated to Narasirnha (Nara = man : Simha = lion), the Man-Lion Incarnation of Visnu. It is related that the demon king Hirana Kasipu had obtained a boon from Brahma ensuring that he would not be killed by day or night, in or out of […]

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Sanmukhi Mudra

Sanmukhi Mudra – 4 San means six and mukha means the mouth. Sanmukha is the name of the six-headed god of war, also known as Kartikeya. Mudra means a seal or closing up. The posture is also called Parangmukhi’ Mudra (facing inwards), Sambhavi’ Mudra (Sambhu is the name of Siva, father of Kartikeya. Hence, Sambhava […]

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