Yoga Posture: Yoga Postures Asanas, Poses, Positions, Pictures

The Corpse -- Savasana

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:48

Relaxes and refreshes the body and mind, relieves stress and anxiety, quiets the mind Possibly the most important posture, the Corpse, also known as the Sponge, is as deceptively simple as Tadasana, the Mountain poses.

The Bridge - Sethu Bandhasa

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:47

Increases flexibility and suppleness; strengthens the lower back and abdominal muscles; opens the chest.

Half Shoulderstand -- Ardha Sarvangasana

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:46

Promotes proper thyroid function, strengthens abdomen, stretches upper back, improves blood circulation, and induces relaxation.

Head to Knee -- Janu Shirshasana

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:45

Stretches and opens back and hamstrings, improves flexibility. Sit on the floor with legs extended in front of you. Bend one leg, bringing the heel of the foot as close to the groin as possible.

Downward Facing Dog - Adho Mukha Svanasana

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:45

Builds strength, flexibility and awareness; stretches the spine and hamstrings; rests the heart. Start on your hands and knees. Keep your legs about hip width apart and your arms shoulder width apart.

The Cobra – Bhujangasana

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:44

Stretches the spine, strengthens the back and arms, opens the chest and heart. Lie down on your stomach. Keep your legs together, arms at your side, close to your body, with your hands by your chest.

Warrior - Virabhadrasana

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:43

Strengthens legs and arms; improves balance and concentration; builds confidence begin in mountain pose with feet together and hands at side.

Trikonasana - the Triangle

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:42

Stretches the spine, opens the torso, and improves balance and concentration. Start with your spread 3-4 feet apart, feet parallel.

Forward Bend or Extension – Uttanasana

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:41

Stretches the legs and spine, rests the heart and neck, relaxes mind and body begin standing straight in Mountain pose or Tadasana.

Tadasana- Improves posture, balance and self-awareness

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:40

A deceptive pose in that it appears so simple that some students may ask - "why bother?" But just as there`s more to breathing than meets the eye, there is more to standing, too.

Dog and Cat - Increases flexibility of spine

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:39

This is really two poses, one flowing into the other. Begin on your hands and knees. Keep your hands just in front of your shoulders, your legs about hip width apart.

Sit/Easy Position - Sukhasana

Last Updated: Thursday, January 27, 2011, 18:38

A starting position that helps focus awareness on breathing and the body; helps trengthen lower back and open the groin and hips.