Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)

Physical Benefits Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (par-ee-VRIT-tah PARSH-vah-cone-ah-suh-nuh) is a more intensified version of Parsvakonasana– hamstrings are stretched more and become more flexible. The pose tones the thighs, calves and ankles and it rejuvenates the entire spine,…

Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)

Physical Benefits Ardha Chandrasana (are-dah chan-DRAH-suh-nuh) removes stiffness in the lower back and tones the sacroiliac area. It develops the leg by strengthening the knees and the lateral muscles of the leg. It relives pressure…

Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose)

Physical Benefits Supta Virasana (SOUP-tah veer-AHS-uh-nuh) is a restorative pose. It stretches the thighs, knees and the ankles, and relaxes the legs, abdominal organs and pelvic region. This pose elongates the chest, making breathing easier…

Chakrasana/Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose/Upward Bow)

Physical Benefits Chakrasana (cha-KRUH-suh-nuh) benefits the nervous, digestive, respiratory and glandular systems, stretching the inner organs fully. It also strengthens the spine, thighs and buttock muscles, while increasing flexibility of the hips. This pose also…

Matsyasana (Fish Pose)

Physical Benefits Matsyasana (mahtz-YAH-suh-nuh) expands the chest cavity, which in turn increases lung capacity, and encourages deeper breathing; which helps in asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory problems. It increases blood supply to the head, nourishing…

Parivrtta Sukhasana (Revolved Easy Pose)

Physical Benefits Parivrtta Sukhasana (par-ee-vrit-TAH soo-KAH-suh-nuh) and Parivrtta Vajrasana (par-ee-vrit-TAH vaj-RAHS-uh-nuh) give the same physical benefits of the twists mentioned before, just with different hand and leg positions, which reduce or intensify the effects to…

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Hand-to-Big Toe Pose)

Physical Benefits Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (oo-TEET-uh-HAWS-tuh POD-ung-goos-THAWS-un-nuh) stretches and strengthens the legs and ankles, particularly the hamstrings. It gently stretches the shoulders and arms, while improving your sense of balance. Energetic Benefits Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana…

Krounchasana (Heron Pose)

Physical Benefits Krounchasana (crown-CHAHS-anah) stretches the front of the ankles and the joints and muscles of the legs. The pose stimulates the abdominal organs, which tones the core and improves digestion. Also, the pose helps…

Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)

Physical Benefits Parivrtta Trikonasana (par-ee-vrit-TAH trick-cone-AH-suh-nuh) is a counter pose to Trikonasana. It gives flexibility to the hip joints and tones the buttock muscles, while massaging the digestive organs, thus improving digestion. This pose also…

Sukhasana (Easy Pose)

Physical Benefits Sukhasana (soo-KAH-suh-nuh) opens the hips and lengthens the spine. Due to the lengthening of the spine, one’s breathing becomes deeper and easier, which also results in the relaxation of the other bodily systems…

Bharadvajasana I and II (Sage Pose)

Physical Benefits Bharadvajasana (bah-RAHD-vaj-AH-suh-nuh) works on the dorsal and lumbar spine. It strengthens the spine and makes it supple; making it a beneficial pose for those with stiffness in the spine. It also removes stiffness…

Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord Of The Fishes Pose)

Physical Benefits Ardha Matsyendrasana (ARE-dah M0T-see-en-DRAH-suh-nuh) keeps the spine elastic, aligns the vertebrae and retains the side-to-side mobility of the vertebrae, while relieving muscular problems in the back and hips. This pose also removes adhesion…