shavasana corpse pose

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Physical Benefits Savasana (shah-VAH-suh-nuh) is a pose that takes us to the next level of our practice, which is pranayama. This pose teaches us to keep the spine elongated while reclining and cultivates stillness....

baddha konasana butterfly pose

Baddha Konasana (Butterfly Pose)

Physical Benefits Baddha Konasana (BAH-dah koh-NAH-suh-nuh) opens up the groin area and hip joint. It also helps relieve urinary disorders, sciatica pain and hernia, regulates menstrual flow and keeps the kidneys, bladder and prostate...

supta matsyendrasana

Supta Matsyendrasana (Cross Twist Pose)

Physical Benefits Supta Matsyendrasana (soop-TAH MOTS-yen-DRAHS-anah) is a gentle twist that massages the abdominal organs, helping the kidneys and liver, facilitating digestion and reducing constipation. It stretches the glutes and back, allowing a release...

vakrasana simple spinal twist

Vakrasana (Simple Spinal Twist)

Physical Benefits Vakrasana (vakra āsana) massages the abdominal organs, helps facilitate digestion and regulates the secretion of digestive juices. These reduce constipation and stomach diseases. The twist also helps reduce belly fat. It increases...

shashankasana rabbit pose

Shashankasana (Rabbit Pose)

Physical Benefits Shashankasana (śaśakā āsana) gives a good stretch to the upper body, including the spine and postural muscles, which releases pressure on the spinal nerves. The forward bend massages and stimulates the abdominal...

viparita karani half shoulder stand

Viparita Karani (Half Shoulder Stand)

Physical Benefits Viparita Karani (vip-par-ee-tah car-AHN-nee) is a restorative pose similar to Sarvangasana. It gives relaxation to the abdomen, legs and the lower back, especially after standing asanas. This encourages deep and smooth breathing....

pawanmuktasana wind relieving pose

Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose)

Physical Benefits Pawanmuktasana (pah-van-ah-mook-TAHS-uh-nuh) massages the intestines and abdominal organs and, as the name implies, helps to remove excess air from the digestive system, which improves digestion efficiency and relieves bloating, gas, and constipation....

Jathara Parivartanasana (Reclining Twist Pose)

Physical Benefits Jathara Parivartanasana (JUT-ah-are-uh par-ree-VAR-tuh-nuh-suh-nuh) tones the spinal column and removes stiffness of the spine and shoulders. It also helps stimulate the large intestines and elimination. Jathara Parivartanasana 1 (bent knees) is a...

Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose)

Physical Benefits Gomukhasana (goh-moo-KHA-suh-nuh) removes stiffness and pain in the hip joints and lower extremities. The position of the arms stretch the shoulders, armpits, triceps and chest, therefore relieving stiff shoulders and neck, while...

Paschimottanasana (Sitting Forward Bend)

Physical Benefits Paschimottanasana (PASH-ee-moh-tan-AH-suh-nuh) is one of the best traditional forward bending poses. This pose strengthens the spinal muscles, nourishes the entire nervous system, increases lumbar spine elasticity, and relieves spinal compression and sciatica....

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