Yoga Postures

The yoga posture illustrated is the final stage of each posture. The journey towards these postures as you grow and develop through yoga is more important than reproducing the posture exactly as it appears in the picture, the individual journey that we as yogis all take.

Each posture is given 3 names, they are; Common name, Sanskrit & English

Hero or Thunderbolt, Vajrasana, Thunderbolt posture

Benefits: Stretches knees ankles and feet and aids concentration.

Level: Beginner

Accomplished, Siddhasana, Perfect or Adept posture

Benefits: Opens the hips and improves concentration.

Level: Beginner.

Cobbler, Baddha Konasana, Bound Angle posture

Benefits: Opens the hips and aids concentration.

Level: Beginner

Dog down, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Dog face down posture

Benefits: Stretches the hamstrings and calf muscles. Develops both strength and suppleness in the shoulder joints.

Level: Beginners

Standing forward bend, Uttanasana, Extension.

Benefits: Stretches hamstrings and calf muscles.

Level: Beginner

Triangle, Utthita Trikonasana, Extended Triangle

Benefits: Develops strength in the legs and encourages an open chest.

Level: Beginner

Tree, Vrksasana, Tree posture

Benefits: Encourages and improves balance and concentration.

Level: Beginner

Chair, Utkatasana, Powerful or Mighty posture

Benefits: Develops leg strength and works the shoulders.

Level: Beginner.

Head to Knee, Janu Sirsasana, Head Knee posture

Benefits: Opens the hips, and stretches the hamstrings.

Level: Beginner

Extended side stretch, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Extended Sideways Angle

Benefits: Lengthens the side of the body and develops both leg and shoulder strength.

Level: Beginner

Camel, Ustrasana, Camel posture

Benefits: Makes the shoulders mobile and opens the chest.

Level: Beginner

Warrior 1, Virabhadrasana 1, Virabhadra (A warrior from Indian mythology) posture

Benefits: Develops leg strength and opens the front body.

Level: Beginner

Cow, Gomukhasana, Cow Face posture

Benefits: Stretches and loosens shoulders and hips

Level: Beginner

Wide leg forward bend, Prasarita Padottanasana, Expanded extended foot/ leg posture

Benefits: Lengthens hamstrings, calf and inner thigh muscles

Level: Beginner to intermediate

King Pigeon, Eka Pada Rajakapotanasana, One leg King Pigeon

Benefits: A strong back arch that develops hip flexibility.

Level: Intermediate.

Reverse Triangle, Parivrtta Trikonasana, Reversed or Revolved Triangle posture

Benefits:Develops leg strength and deepens upper body twist

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

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