Yoga has roots in India that stretch back thousands of years. Throughout the years, the practice has evolved and grown through the ages. One significant contributor to yoga’s growth and development is the Sanskrit language. In many respects, the language is like a key to the practice of yoga. Yoga poses are the physical postures and positions that are used in the practice of yoga. For centuries, sanskrit has been the language of choice to name those poses. This practice has continued on to modern day.
Trikonasana, or Triangle pose, is an intermediate pose that helps to improve balance, flexibility and strength. The pose requires you to stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Reach your one arm out to the side and bend from the hip, reaching your hand towards the ground. Reach your other arm up towards the sky and turn your head towards the ceiling. Hold this pose for five to ten breaths.
Virabhadrasana, or Warrior pose, is an intermediate level pose that helps to increase stamina and strength in the legs. Begin by standing with your feet hip width apart. Step one foot forward, bringing your feet about four to five feet apart. Lift your arms up above your head and bend your front knee. Inhale and exhale as you hold the pose for five to ten breaths.
Ustrasana, or Camel pose, is an intermediate pose that helps to improve flexibility and opens up the chest area. Begin kneeling on the floor, with your feet hip width apart. Place each hand on the corresponding heel. Sit up and press your hips forward, reaching your head back at the same time. Hold this pose for three to five breaths.
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana, or Downward Dog, is a beginner pose that helps to strengthen and stretch the entire body. Begin by standing on the floor and stepping your feet hip width apart. Push your hips back and hinge your torso forward until your hands come to the floor. Raise your hips and try to keep your legs straight. Hold this pose for three to five breaths.
Halasana, or Plow pose, is an intermediate pose that helps to improve flexibility and strength. Begin by lying on your back with your legs together. Lift your legs up and over your head and try to bring them to the floor. Hold this pose for five to ten breaths.
Yoga poses that have Sanskrit names offer practitioners a great way to broaden their practice and gain a deeper understanding of the practice. Learning the meaning of the poses through their Sanskrit names helps practitioners to develop both a mental and physical connection with the yoga practice. Mastering the physical postures helps to cultivate mental and physical clarity, peace, and relaxation.