Yoga Asanas - Yoga Poses Index

The word yoga has its first mention in the Rig Veda, the oldest of the Vedas. This text, a collection of hymns or mantras, defines yoga as "yoking" or "discipline," but offers no accompanying systematic practice. The term yoga turns up again in the Atharva Veda, most particularly in the fifteenth book (Vratya Kanda) where it refers only to a means of harnessing or yoking, but focuses on the breath that needs controlling. The Vratya Kanda introduces a group of men, the Vratyas, who worshipped Rudra, the god of the wind. This Vratyas composed and performed songs and melodies. They found they could sing their songs a lot better-and probably hold the notes longer-if they practiced Praanaayaama, a type of breath control.

This, then, is the very beginning of yoga as we know it, the first mention of physical action as part of discipline or practice.

There are an innumerable Types of Yoga. Over the course of history, many different types of yoga have been lost to us. These types of Yoga are enumerated in various scriptures. The Bhagavad Gita enumerates Ashtanga Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Gyana Yoga, and Karma Yoga.

Yoga Asanas
Sanskrit Name   English Name   
Adho Mukha SvanasanaDownward-Facing Dog
Adho Mukha VrksasanaHandstand
AgnistambhasanaFire Log Pose
Ananda BalasanaHappy Baby Pose
AnantasanaSide-Reclining Leg Lift
AnjaneyasanaLow Lunge
Ardha BhekasanaHalf Frog Pose
Ardha ChandrasanaHalf Moon Pose
Ardha MatsyendrasanaHalf Lord of the Fishes Pose
Ardha UttanasanaStanding Half Forward Bend
AstavakrasanaEight-Angle Pose
Baddha KonasanaBound Angle Pose
BakasanaCrane Pose
BalasanaChild's Pose
Bharadvajasana IBharadvaja's Twist
BhujangasanaCobra Pose
BhujapidasanaShoulder-Pressing Pose
BitilasanaCow Pose
Chaturanga DandasanaFour-Limbed Staff Pose
DandasanaStaff Pose
DhanurasanaBow Pose
Dwi Pada Viparita DandasanaUpward Facing Two-Foot Staff Pose
Eka Pada Koundiyanasana IPose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya I
Eka Pada Koundiyanasana IIPose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya II
Eka Pada RajakapotasanaOne-Legged King Pigeon Pose
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana IIOne-Legged King Pigeon Pose II
GarudasanaEagle Pose
GomukhasanaCow Face Pose
HalasanaPlow Pose
HanumanasanaMonkey Pose
Janu SirsasanaHead-to-Knee Forward Bend
KapotasanaKing Pigeon Pose
KrounchasanaHeron Pose
MalasanaGarland Pose
Marichyasana IPose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi, I
Marichyasana IIIMarichi's Pose
MarjaryasanaCat Pose
MatsyasanaFish Pose
MayurasanaPeacock Pose
NatarajasanaLord of the Dance Pose
PadangusthasanaBig Toe Pose
PadmasanaLotus Pose
ParighasanaGate Pose
Paripurna NavasanaFull Boat Pose
Parivrtta Janu SirsasanaRevolved Head-to-Knee Pose
Parivrtta ParsvakonasanaRevolved Side Angle Pose
Parivrtta TrikonasanaRevolved Triangle Pose
Parsva BakasanaSide Crane Pose
ParsvottanasanaIntense Side Stretch Pose
PasasanaNoose Pose
PaschimottanasanaSeated Forward Bend
Pincha MayurasanaFeathered Peacock Pose
Prasarita PadottanasanaWide-Legged Forward Bend
PurvottanasanaUpward Plank Pose
Salamba SarvangasanaSupported Shoulderstand
Salamba SirsasanaSupported Headstand
SalabhasanaLocust Pose
SavasanaCorpse Pose
Setu Bandha SarvangasanaBridge Pose
SimhasanaLion Pose
SukhasanaEasy Pose
Supta Baddha KonasanaReclining Bound Angle Pose
Supta PadangusthasanaReclining Big Toe Pose
Supta VirasanaReclining Hero Pose
TadasanaMountain Pose
TittibhasanaFirefly Pose
TolasanaScale Pose
Upavistha KonasanaWide-Angle Seated Forward Bend
Urdhva DhanurasanaUpward Bow or Wheel Pose
Urdhva HastasanaUpward Salute
Urdhva Mukha SvanasanaUpward-Facing Dog
Urdhva Prasarita Eka PadasanaStanding Split
UstrasanaCamel Pose
UtkatasanaChair Pose
UttanasanaStanding Forward Bend
Uttana ShishosanaExtended Puppy Pose
Utthita Hasta PadangustasanaExtended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose
Utthita ParsvakonasanaExtended Side Angle Pose
Utthita TrikonasanaExtended Triangle Pose
VasisthasanaSide Plank Pose
Viparita KaraniLegs-Up-the-Wall Pose
Virabhadrasana IWarrior I Pose
Virabhadrasana IIWarrior II Pose
Virabhadrasana IIIWarrior III Pose
VirasanaHero Pose
VrksasanaTree Pose
High Lunge
High Lunge
Sphinx Pose
Dolphin Plank Pose
Dolphin Pose
Plank Pose

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