Warrior III Pose

(veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna) Virabhadra = the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand...

Lord of the Dance Pose

We’ll start with a modified version of the pose. The full pose will be described in the Variation section below. (not-ah-raj-AHS-anna) nata = actor, dancer, mime raja...

Handstand

Like its inverted cousins such as Forearm Balance and Headstand, a major obstacle to Handstand is a natural fear of falling. So the basic...

Half Moon Pose

The moon has a rich symbolic significance in yoga mythology. In hatha yoga, for example, the sun and the moon represent the two polar...

Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose

Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions From Tadasana, bring your left knee toward your belly. Reach your left arm inside the...

Eagle Pose

(gah-rue-DAHS-anna) Garuda = the mythic “king of the birds,” the vehicle of Vishnu. The word is usually rendered into English as “eagle,” though according to...

Supported Shoulderstand

(sah-LOM-bah sar-van-GAHS-anna) salamba = with support (sa = with alamba = support) sarva = all anga = limb. There are variations of Shoulderstand that are “unsupported” = niralamba,...

Supported Headstand

(sah-LOM-bah shear-SHAHS-anna) salamba = with support (sa = with alamba = support) sirsa = head Supported Headstand: Step-by-Step Instructions Use a folded blanket or sticky mat...

Tree Pose

(vrik-SHAHS-anna) vrksa = tree Tree Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Stand in Tadasana. Shift your weight slightly onto the left foot, keeping the inner foot firm...