Category: Yoga Asana

Our Yoga Asana blog has everything you need to know about yoga asanas (poses).

Whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been practicing for a long time, we have something for you to learn here.

We’ll provide warm-up sequences, in-depth instructions on how to get into different postures and even the ‘why’ behind each pose.

Beyond that, we’ll talk about the benefits of specific poses and how you can use them to enhance your life, no matter your level of practice.

But this section isn’t only for practicing yogis, it’s for teachers too. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been practicing, we all need a refresher every once in a while. We have articles to answer your questions about different poses and even give you alternatives or modifications for each pose.

At Siddhi Yoga we believe in the foundations of the practice. Without a solid foundation, you’ll find it difficult to continuously grow your practice.

For those who are planning to do the yoga teacher training in India, we have prepared short videos series of asanas sequences to prepare your body before the course. You can start with this yoga warm up sequence first and then follow the Yoga Stretches for Beginners to Yogis of All Levels.

Alignment, balance and strength are key factors in building a dynamic practice. But learn one and not the others, and you’ll have a hard time taking your practice to the next level.

We need to be constantly learning about new ways to approach yoga to find the practice that will work best for us. There is no one right way to do yoga. It’s about finding the practice that works in your body and growing from there.

More than that, it’s important to know different ways of getting into each pose in order to practice them safely. While yoga is very healthy and holds an array of benefits, it can be a strenuous practice, one that, when not practiced with care, can lead to injury.

That’s why we have an entire section dedicated to asana practice. For students looking to learn more about the different ways to get into poses and teachers looking for modifications and alternatives to different poses, you’re in the right place.

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…

Tolasana (Scale or Lifted Lotus Pose)

Tolasana is an advanced asana that creates fire in the body, focus in the mind and brings balance to your practice. When this pose is done with a mindful, steady awareness on the breath, it…