Poses of Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is an ancient branch of yoga, given to this modern world by Swami Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga yoga involves breath control and a progressive series of asanas or postures. The benefits of this yoga include muscle strengthening, stamina, personality development . This articles explains about the different series of poses of ashtanga yoga.

Pranayama also known as breath control is the first and most important step while practicing any yoga. There are around hundreds of poses of ashtanga yoga.

Poses of Ashtanga Yoga

Sitting and Supine Asanas will prepare a sadhaka (one practicing yoga), mentally and physically for pranayama. Asanas include Baddhakonasana, Supta Padangusthanasana, Padmasana and Vajrasana.

Standing asanas are the first set of asanas practiced. They give flexibility to muscles and joints, build up stamina for doing the rest of the exercises. Ardha Chandrasana, Utthita Parsvakonasana, Utthita Trikonasana and Tadasana are some of the standing asanas.

Abdominal and Lumbar asanas tone all abdominal organs and strengthen the lumbar and pelvic areas. Examples: Bharadvajasana and Marichyasana asanas.

Balancing asanas make your body feel light, yet strong, by strengthening your wrists, arms and abdominal area. Salamba Sirsasana, Salamba Sarvangasana and Niralamba Sarvangasana can be said as examples of balancing asanas.

Bending asanas are used to stretch and bend the posterior and anterior spine. This improves your mental alertness and sharpness. Examples include Bhujangasana, Matsyasana and Ustrasana.

Inverted asanas help in relieving everyday stress, giving you emotional stability and mental balance. Asanas include Urdhva Mukha Svanasa and Adho Mukha Svanasa.

Twisting Asanas include toning the internal organs, twisting of the spine and lateral stretching. Examples include Jathara Parivartanasana and Ardha Matsyendrasana.

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