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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Yoga

Ardha-Candrasana
Bakasana
Balasana
Garudasana
Go-Mukhasana
Halasana
Hanumanasana
Kakasana
Natarajasana
Prasarita Padottanasana
Utthita-Trikonasana
Virabhadrasana (1, 2, or 3)

What are these? Good question. Listed above are some of my favorite Yoga postures, written in Sanskrit. One of my instructors actually uses a lot of the Sanskrit names during practice. I love it. I purchased an awesome book (listed in Sunday's post) with all the English and Sanskrit names explained and illustrated: The Language of Yoga. It even has a CD that walks you through everything. Very neat.

Asana translates to mean "posture." So all the aforementioned postures can easily be broken up into the actual pose, followed by the word "posture."

For example, Ardha-Candrasana translates into Half-Moon Posture. Bala-asana means Child Posture. I don't know why I find it so interesting, but I do. It's just like learning any other language, except when I'm learning Sanskrit, all the words have actions that go along with them. Way better than flashcards.

Hope you enjoyed your tutorial today.

2 comments:

  1. Lovely! I have only done yoga a few times, but have really enjoyed it each time. Except for that hot yoga...I shudder. :) I should find a class around here.

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  2. oh. my. gosh. I can't believe you've tried bikram yoga. 119 degrees of insanity. I don't ever want to attempt it.

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