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Ardha Matsyendrasana - The Half-Spinal Twist

"Ardha" means "half" in Sanskrit. Since the full posture is difficult to be practiced, the half-posture, which is easier, is followed widely. This posture was first promoted by the great Yogi Matsyendranath, one of the founders of Hatha Yoga, and hence the name.

 
Chakrasana - Wheel Pose (Supine)

"Chakra" means "wheel" in Sanskrit. In the final position of this asana, the body is arched backward and resembles the rim of a wheel. Hence the name.

 
Dandasana - Stick Pose

"Danda" means "stick" in Sanskrit.

 
Sarvangasana - All-Parts Pose

"Shalabha" means "locust" in Sanskrit. The final position of this asana resembles a locust when it lowers its head to eat and raises its tail. Hence, the name.

 
 

 
Sirshasana - Head stand

"Sirsha" means "head" in Sanskrit. It is required to "stand on his head" in this asana and hence the name.

 
Sukhasana - Comfortable Pose

"Sukha" means "pleasant" or "comfortable" in Sanskrit. Any cross-legged sitting position which you find comfortable, in which the body does not shake and in which you can remain at ease for a long time, is called Sukhasana.

 
Trikonasana - Triangle Pose

"Tri" means "three", "Kona" means "angle", and "Trikona" means "triangle" in Sanskrit The straight legs with the floor between the feet resemble the three sides of a triangle in this asana. Hence the name.

 
Urdhvamukha Svanasana - Upward-facing dog pose

This pose is also called Downward Dog or Downward-Facing Dog.

 
Utkatasana - Half-Squat Pose

"Ut" means 'raised' and "kata' means "hips" in Sanskrit. This posture is known as "Utkatasana" because while practicing it, the heels and hips are raised.

 
 

 
Vrikshasana - Tree Pose

"Vriksha" means "tree" in Sanskrit. In the final position of this asana, you have to stand still like a tree.

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