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Yoga Poses Names List

Posted on 2018-01-25


Sanskrit Names of Yoga Postures & Pranayamas 


Looking for a comprehensive list of yoga poses to help you navigate your practice? Yogateket has got you covered! Our directory features a wide range of asanas, from beginner-friendly poses to more advanced variations. Each pose is listed with its Sanskrit name and its common English name, making it easy for you to learn and remember the different asanas.

We also provide helpful hyperlinks for further learning about specific poses. We've organized our yoga pose directory into different categories to find the correct posture (Asana) easier. So whether you're a beginner looking to get started with yoga or an experienced yogi looking to expand your practice, our list of yoga poses has something for everyone.


Standing Yoga poses

knee pose

Lizette Pompa in Warrior III - Linnea Ahlgren in Warrior I - Amaranta Aguilar in Warrior II 

Standing yoga poses teach you the foundational actions necessary for correctly practicing all the other categories of yoga poses. Always meet flexibility with strength. Some primary alignments in class include pointing the knee forward, stretching the spine, straightening and extending the legs, lifting kneecaps, tone quads, tone glutes, and straightening and extending arms.

Ardha chandrasana with Padahastasana: Half moon pose with hands to feet (Bikram yoga)

Ardha chandrasana: Half moon pose variations 

Ardha uttanasana: Standing half forward bend pose

Dandayamana janushirsasana: Standing head to knee pose

Dandayamana dhanurasana: Standing bow pulling pose

Dandayamana ardha chakrasana: Standing backward bend pose

Eka pada rajakapotasana: One-legged king pidgeon pose

Garudasana: Eagle pose

Natarajasana: Lord of the dance pose

Padangusthasana: Big toe pose

Pada hastasana: Hands-to-feet pose

Parivrtta parsvakonasana: Revolved side angle pose

Parivrtta trikonasana: Revolved triangle pose

Parivrtta baddha trikonasana: Revolved bound triangle pose

Parivrtta utkatasana: Twisted chair

Parivrtta uttanasana: Revolved forward fold pose

Parsvottanasana: Intense side stretch pose (Pyramid pose)

Prasarita Padottanasana: Wide-legged forward bend pose

Svarga Dvidasana: Bird of Paradise Pose

Tadasana: Mountain pose

Tuladandasana: Balancing stick pose

Urdhva hastasana: Upward salute

Urdhva prasarita eka padasana: Standing split pose

Utkatasana: Chair pose

Uttanasana: Standing forward bend pose

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana: Extended hand-to-big-toe pose

Utthita Parsvakonasana: Extended side angle pose

Utthita trikonasanaTriangle pose

Virabhadrasana 1: Warrior i

Virabhadrasana 2: Warrior ii

Virabhadrasana 3: Warrior iii

Vrksasana: Tree pose


Yoga Poses - Forward Folds

Forward fold

Lizette Pompa in Paschimottanasana: Seated forward bend pose

Most of us, because sports and daily lives make our spine and hamstring stiff and tight. Forward folds are great for that. They also have a calming effect on our nervous system. Please be patient in your practice because this takes time. Basic alignment cues you can hear in yoga class are. Press hands down and forward, Straighten your legs and stretch the spine. 

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Ardha uttanasana: Standing half forward bend pose

Ardha kurmasana: Half tortoise pose

Adho mukha svanasana: Downward dog

Ananda balasana: Happy baby Pose

Baddha konasana: Bound angle pose (kona angle)

Bakasana: Crow pose

Baddha tittibhasana: Bound firefly pose

Balasana: Child’s pose

Malasana: Garland pose/low squat

Marichyasana: Sage twist ( Sage Marichi's pose)

Marjaryasana: Cat pose

Janu sirsasana: Head-to-knee forward bend

Lolasana: Pendant pose

Padangusthasana: Big toe pose

Paschimottanasana: Seated forward bend pose

Sasangasana: Rabbit pose

Upavistha konasana: Wide-angle seated forward bend pose

Urdhva prasarita eka padasana: Standing split pose

Backbends Poses


Itziar Donezar in Purvottanasana: Intense East Stretch

Most of us need backbends to balance our forward-bending lives. Sitting in front of a computer all day is unsuitable for our posture. Backbends can help you develop strength and flexibility in the spine. It is important to remember that always be warm and practice with caution. Safety cues you can hear in yoga class are. Contract the glutes, stretch the spine and lift the chest.

Ardha bhekasana: Half frog pose

Bhujangasana: Cobra pose

Bitilasana: Cow pose

Camatkarasana: Wild thing pose

Dhanurasana: Bow pose

Dwi pada viparita dandasana: Inverted two legged staff pose

Matsyasana: Fish pose

Purvottanasana: Intense East Stretch

Salabhasana: Locust pose

Setu bandha sarvangasana: Bridge pose

Urdhva dhanurasana: Upward facing bow pose

Urdhva mukha svanasana: Upward-facing dog pose

Ustrasana: Camel pose


Twists Yoga Postures

revolved triangle pose

Lizette Pompa in Parivrtta baddha trikonasana: Revolved triangle pose

Twists in yoga are great for de-stress, and they remove toxins from the spine. Twists cause compression of the discs, and when released from the pose, the discs will rehydrate with fresh liquids again. Alignment cues you can hear are. Stretch the spine on the inhale, twist the torso, and press the knee and elbow together

Ardha matsyendrasana: Half Lord of the fishes pose/Spine twisting pose

Baddha parivrtta parsvakonasana:  Bound revolved side angle pose

Baddha parsvakonasana: Bound side angle pose

Parivrtta baddha trikanasana: Bound revolved triangle pose

Parivrtta anjanyenasana: Twisted lunge pose

Parivrtta ardha chandrasana: Revolved half moon pose

Parivrtta parsvakonasana: Revolved side angle pose

Parivrtta trikonasana: Revolved triangle pose

Parivrtta utkatasana: Twisted chair

Parivrtta uttanasana: Revolved forward fold pose


Arm Balancing Asanas

Fire fly pose

Sofia Soori in Titttibasana: Firefly pose

Arm balances are a challenge for most of us. It will build a bulldog's determination, strength, and core. It can be hard on the wrists, so always ensure they are warmed up. What you can hear from your yoga teacher in class is. Straighten arms, Press index knuckles down, draw the belly in and straighten legs. 

Ardha pincha mayurasana: Dolphin pose

Adho mukha vrkasana - Handstand pose

Bakasana: Crow pose

Camatkarasana: Wild thing

Chaturanga dandasana: Four-limbed staff pose

Lolasana: Pendant pose

Mayurasana: Peacock pose

Phalakasana: Plank pose

Parsva bakasana: Side crow/crane pose

Pincha mayurasana: Feathered peacock pose (forearm stand)

Titttibasana: Firefly pose

Eka pada galavasana: Flying pigeon pose 




Sofia Soori in Sirsasana: Headstand

Inversions can be fun and frightening and are rarely seen in a regular yoga class. You should always practice inversions with caution and until you feel safe and steady, always with the guidance of a yoga instructor.  You should stop what you are doing immediately if you feel neck or cervical spine discomfort.  

Ardha pincha mayurasana: Dolphin pose

Adho Mukha Svanasana: Downward facing dog

Adho mukha vrksasana: Handstand pose

Halasana: Plow pose

Karnapidasana: Ear pressure pose

Pincha mayurasana: Feathered peacock pose (forearm stand)

Prasarita padottanasana: Wide legged forward bend

Sarvangasana: Shoulder stand pose

Sirsasana: Headstand pose

Urdhva prasarita eka padasana: Standing split pose

Vrschikasana B: Handstand scorpion pose


Seated Yoga Postures

bound angle pose

Catalina Palma in Baddha konasana: Bound angle pose

Agnistambhasana: Fire log pose

Ardha matsyendrasana: Half Lord of the fishes pose/Spine twisting pose

Baddha konasana: Bound angle pose

Eka pada rajakapotasana: Pigeon pose

Gomukhasana: Cow face pose

Hanumanasana: Monkey pose

Malasana: Garland pose/low squat

Padmasana: Lotus pose

Sukhasana: Easy pose

Virasana: Hero pose


Asanas in Prone Position

Bow pose

Itziar Donezar in Dhanurasana: Bow posture

Ardha bhekasana: Half frog pose

Dhanurasana: Bow pose

Makarasana: Crocodile pose

Salabhasana: Locust pose

Rajakapotasana: King pigeon pose


Poses in Supine Pose


Catalina Palma in Savasana: Dead body pose

Jathara parivartanasana: Revolved abdomen twist

Matsyasana: fish pose (Ashtanga yoga)

Matsyasana: fish pose (Hatha, Iyengar yoga)

Shavasana: Corpse pose (usually performed at the end of a yoga class)

Supta Konasana: Reclined angle pose

Supta kurmasana: Sleeping tortoise pose

Supta Padanghustasana: reclined big toe pose

Supta vajrasana: Reclined fixed-firm pose


Core Exercises 


Jaime White in Ardha navasana: Half boat pose

Ardha navasana: Half boat

Bakasana: Crow/Crane pose

Chaturanga dandasana: Four-limbed staff pose

Paripurna navasana: Full boat pose

Lolasana: Pendant pose

Parsva bakasana: Side crow/crane pose

Vasisthasana: Side plank pose

Titttibasana: Firefly pose


Pranayamas Exercises 

Alternate nostril breathing

Karolina Wretbring and Nicklas Johansson practicing Nadi Shodhana: Alternate nostril breathing

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Bhastrika pranayama: Bellow’s breath

Bhramari pranayama: Humming bee breath

Chandra Bhedhana: Moon channel piercing

Nadi shodhana pranayama: Alternate nostril breath

Kapalabhati pranayama: Breath of fire/Skull-shining breath

Sama vritti pranayama: Equal breath

Simhasana pranayama: Lion’s breath

Sitali pranayama: Cooling breath

Sitkari Pranayama: Cooling breath

Viloma pranayama: Interrupted breath (paus on inhale, exhale, or both)

Vishama vritti pranayama: Uneven breath

Ujjayi pranayama: Victorious breath/Ocean breath


Surya namaskar a: Sun salutation a (7 asanas)

Surya namaskar b: Sun salutation b (8 asanas)

Chandra namaskar: Moon salutaton (9 asanas)



Uddiyana bandha

Guy Powiecki Performing Uddiyana Bandha Kriya: Pre Nauli

Uddiyana Bandha Kriya: Pre Nauli

Glossary Sanskrit words used in asanas


Adho = Downward

Agni = Fire

Ananda = Happy

Anga = Part of the body / Limbs

Ardha = Half

Asana = Pose


Baddha = Bound / Tied

Baka = Crane

Bala = Child

Bheka = Frog

Bhujanga = Snake


Chandra = Moon

Chakra = Wheel 


Danda = Stick

Dhanura = Bow


Eka = One


Garuda = Eagle

Go = Cow


Hasta = Hand

Hala = Plough


Janu = Knee


Kona = Angle

Kaka = Crow

Kapota = Pigeon

Karna = Ear

Koundinya = Name of sage 

Krouncha = Heron

Kukkuta = Cock

Kurma = Turtle


Lola = Dangle


Mala = Garland

Makara = Crocodile

Marichi = Name of sage

Matsya = Fish

Mayura = Peacock

Mukha = Face

Mukta = Free 


Nava = Boat

Namskar = Salutation


Pada = Foot / Leg

Padangustha = Big toe 

Padma = Lotus

Pavan = Wind

Pasa = Noose / Snare

Parigha = Gate

Parivrtta = Revolved / Twisted

Parsva = Side

Prasarita = Wide angle

Purna = Whole / Full


Salabha = Locust / Grasshopper

Salamba = supported

Sasanga = Rabbit

Sava = Corpse

Svana = Dog

Setu = Bridge

Sirsa = Head

Surya = Sun 

Sukha = Comfortable / Easy

Supta = Reclining / Sleeping


Tada = Mountain

Trikon = Triangle

Tittibha = Firefly 


Upavistha = Seated 

Urdhva = Upward / Raised

Uttana = Intence 

Utthita = Extended

Ustra = Camel


Vatayana = Horse

Viparita = Inverted / reversed

Vira = Hero

Vrksa = Tree

Vrschik = Scorpion

Vyagrah = Tiger



Many of these common yoga poses can be practiced in the extensive collection of our online courses of yoga classes, programs, and challenges. The yoga poses are taken from various styles, and names can vary from the traditions like Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yin Yoga.



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