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Salamba Sarvangasana - Shoulderstand

This asana is practiced in Hatha Yoga. The name Salamba Sarvangasana is derived from the Sanskrit words Salamba meaning supported, sarvanga meaning the whole body and asana meaning posture. It has been described as the queen of all yoga poses because it engages the entire body. The king is, of...
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Prasarita Padottanasana - Wide Legged Forward Bend Pose

Prasarita Padottanasana is an asana that can increase your flexibility quickly and greatly. Its translations from Sanskrit are Wide-Legged Forward Bend and Legs Spread Intense Stretch Pose. The pose’s name comes from five words: Prasarita means “stretched out,” “expanded,”...
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Halasana - Plow Pose

The Halasana pose gets its name from the plow, a popular farming tool used in Indian and other cultures for preparing the land for planting. The shape of the yogi when in shape resembles the plow used in farming in ancient India and beyond. This pose is practiced in Hatha yoga. The name Halasana...
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Paschimottanasana - Seated forward bend pose

The name Paschimotanasana comes from Sanskrit, paschima meaning “back of body” and uttana meaning “straight/extended” or “intense stretch”, and asana meaning “posture”. This asana is worth spending time on if you want a nice stretch for your hamstring and give your brain a...
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Parsva Bakasana - Side Crow

Parsva Bakasana is an asana in hatha yoga that deals with arm balancing. The Sanskrit Parsva means “side,” Baka means “crane” or “crow,” while asana means “pose.” The full English name for Parsva Bakasana is side crow or side crane pose. Bakasana itself refers to the likeness of...
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