Sanskrit Names of 60 Common Asanas & 10 Pranayamas

Posted on 2018-01-25

Are you lost when told to do an adho mukha svanasana? Confused by the names of the breathing exercises? Don't worry! Check out this list and you will soon recognise the Sanskrit names!


Adho mukha svanasana: Downward-facing dog


Adho mukha vrksasana: Handstand pose


Agnistambhasana: Fire log pose


Ananda balasana: Happy baby Pose


Anjaneyasana: Low lunge pose


Ardha bhekasana: Half frog pose


Ardha chandrasana: Half moon pose


Ardha kurmasana: Half tortoise pose


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


Ardha uttanasana: Standing half forward bend pose


Baddha konasana: Bound angle pose


Bakasana: Crow/Crane pose


Balasana: Child’s pose


Bhastrika pranayama: Bellow’s breath


Bhramari pranayama: Humming bee breath


Bhujangasana: Cobra pose


Bitilasana: Cow pose


Camatkarasana: Wild thing


Chaturanga dandasana: Four-limed staff pose (a sort of low plank)


Dhanurasana: Bow pose


Eka pada rajakapotasana: One-legged king pidgeon pose


Garudasana: Eagle pose


Gomukhasana: Cow face pose


Hanumanasana: Monkey pose


Janu sirsasana: Head-to-knee forward bend


Kapalabhati pranayama: Breath of fire/Skull-shining breath


Lolasana: Pendant pose


Malasana: Garland pose/low squat


Marjaryasana: Cat pose


Nadi shodhana pranayama: Alternate nostril breath


Natarajasana: Lord of the dance pose


Navasana: Boat pose


Paschimotanasana: Seated forward bend pose


Padangusthasana: Big toe pose


Pada hastasana: Hands-to-feet pose


Padmasana: Lotus pose


Parsva bakasana: Side crow/crane pose


Parsvottanasana: Intense side stretch pose


Pavanamuktasana: Wind-removing pose


Prasarita padottanasana: Wide-legged forward bend pose


Salabhasana: Locust pose


Sama vritti pranayama: Equal breath


Sasangasana: Rabbit pose


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


Setu bandha sarvangasana: Bridge pose


Simhasana pranayama: Lion’s breath


Sitali pranayama: Cooling breath


Sirsasana: Headstand pose


Sukhasana: Easy pose


Supta vajrasana: Fixed-firm pose


Tadasana: Mountain pose


Trikonasana: Triangle pose


Tuladandasana: Balancing stick pose


Ujjayi pranayama: Victorious breath/Ocean breath


Upavistha konasana: Wide-angle seated forward bend pose


Urdhva dhanurasana: Upward bow (wheel) pose


Urdhva hastasana: Upward salute


Urdhva mukha svanasana: Upward-facing dog pose


Urdhva prasarita eka padasana: Standing split pose


Ustrasana: Camel pose


Utkatasana: Chair pose


Uttanasana: Standing forward bend pose


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


Utthita Parsvakonasana: Extended side angle pose


Vasisthasana: Side plank pose


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


Virasana: Hero pose


Virbhadrasana 1-3: Warrior pose 1-3


Vishama vritti pranayama: Uneven breath


Vrksasana: Tree pose


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