ASHTANGA PRIMARY SERIE STANDING POSES – Asana names & meaning

at KPJAYI in Mysore

For some reason I always had on my mind to start my blog re: Ashtanga Yoga talking about Yamas but then lately I found myself struggling when trying to recall all Sanskrit names for primary serie asanas. Hence, I thought that might be not a too bad starting point 🙂

With my thanks to the “Lineage”:

  1. Suryanamaskara     –>       Sun salutation

Sürya = sun

Namaskära = salutation

  1. Padangusthasana     –>       Big toe posture                   

Pädä = foot

Aṅguṣṭha = big toe

Äsana = abiding, stay, sitting

  1. Pada hastasana     –>   Feet-on-hands posture

Pädä = foot

Hasta = hand

Äsana = abiding, stay, sitting

  1. Utthita trikonasana       –>    standing triangle posture

Utthita = extended / risen or rising / stood up

Trikona = triangle

Äsana = abiding, stay, sitting

  1. Utthita parshvakonasana       –>    standing side angle posture

Utthita = extended / risen or rising / stood up

Pärshva =  side / flank

Kona = angle

Äsana = abiding, stay, sitting

  1. Prasarita padottanasana       –>    wide stance forward bending posture

Präsarita = spread / stretched out

Pädä = foot

Uttäna = stretched out

Äsana = abiding, stay, sitting

  1. Parshvottanasana      –>      side stretch posture

Pärshva =  side, flank

Uttäna = stretched out

Äsana = abiding, stay, sitting

     8.  Utthita hasta padangusthasana         –>   Standing hand-to-big-toe pose

Utthita = extended / risen or rising / stood up

Hasta = hand

Pädä = foot

Aṅguṣṭha = big toe

Äsana = abiding, stay, sitting

  1. Ardha baddha padmottanasana      –>   Bound half-lotus forward bending pose

Ardha = half

Baddha = bound / captured

Pada = foot

Uttäna = stretched out

Äsana = abiding, stay, sitting

  1. Utkatasana         –>   Power pose

Utkata = ardent, furious

Äsana = abiding, stay, sitting

  1. Virabhadrasana        –>   Warrior posture

Vira = hero

Bhadra = excellent / happy / blessed

Äsana = abiding, stay, sitting

To notice that Parivrtta asanas haven’t been reported as Sharath always mentions Utthita ones then followed by…  B !  🙂

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