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Learning yoga poses sanskrit and English names

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Need help learning yoga poses Sanskrit and English names?

Yoga is a phenomenal way to get exercise, clear your head and promote optimal health. The system of balancing your mental health with physical movement dates back over 5,000 years. The word actually means “to join together,” as in to join body and mind.

However, those of us who practice yoga often have the yoga fashion clothing yet do not know what the yoga poses sanskrit and English names mean - even while we are working toward achieving those poses. While I will not post a photo of each pose, below are a few of the more basic poses along with their names in both Sanskrit and English.


English: Downward Facing Dog

Sanskrit: Adho Mukha Svanasana Pose

This pose stretches a number of parts of the body including the hamstrings. Your body is essentially an inverted ‘V’ as you balance your feet and your palms flat on the ground. It is also said to help with insomnia and depression.


English: Child’s Pose

Sanskrit: Balasana

This is one of my favorite poses because it is so comfortable. You essentially fold up your body with your forehead to the floor and your arms alongside your body. Sheer bliss at the end of your session.

As you get more familiar and more flexible doing yoga, the yoga poses Sanskrit and English names will move you to the next level.


English: Half Moon Pose

Sanskrit: Ardha Chandrasana

This is an intermediate pose involving standing on one leg, balancing with the arm on the same side of the body, and reaching toward the sky. It opens up the body.


English: Crane Pose

Sanskrit: Bakasana

This pose requires a bit of balance. The body balances completely on the hands as the knees come up to then balance on the elbows.


English: Cobra Pose

Sanskrit: Bhujangasana

This pose opens up your body as you arc toward the sky with the top half of your body while your hips stay firmly level with the floor. No balancing, just stretching like the Child’s Pose.

And finally, the pose we all know and love with both the yoga poses Sanskrit and English names.


English: Lotus Pose

Sanskrit: Padmasana

This is the pose most often associated with Yoga. The practitioner sits with their legs folded in a crossed-leg position with their wrists gently resting on the knees. Eyes closed.

If you enjoy the cleansing feeling yoga leaves you with at the end of a session, you are familiar with many of these poses. Share the Sanskrit names to the English names you probably know already, share them with your friends and you will look like an expert the next time you are on the mat.

Just remember to breathe.


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