Understanding the Names of Yoga Postures

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Understanding the Names of Yoga Postures
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For Yoga Postures. Sources: Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar … To facilitate understanding the names of poses in yoga is most helpful to gain an …

Understanding Sanskrit Names For Yoga Postures
Sources: Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar Dancing the Body of Light, the Future of Yoga by Dona Holleman To facilitate understanding the names of poses in yoga is most helpful to gain an understanding of what the root words are that forms the construct of each. The names can be broken down into similar categories and then observed how they can be combined. When we see the separate names that combine to create a pose the logic of how they are formed easily leads to the understanding of other combinations/pose names, for many roots are shared. Listed below is a categorization of most of these elements. By looking at each category and examining the definition and examples the pattern begins to become ever more clear. Categories · Numbers and Quantity · Body Parts · Alignments · Sensations · Animals · Plants · Objects · Sages

Numbers and Quantity
Ananta Ardha Chatur Dwi Eka Laghu Panca San Sarva Tri Ubhaya Infinite Half Four Two One Little, small, easy, lovely Five Six All, whole, entire Three Both Sarvangasana Supta Trivikramasana Ubhaya Padangusthasana 1 Anantasana Ardha Chandrasana Chaturanga Dandasana Dwi Hasta Bhujasana Eka Hasta Bhujasana Laghu Vajrasana



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