Marichi’s Pose

(mar-ee-chee-AHS-anna) Marichi = literally means a ray of light (of the sun or moon). Marichi is the son of Brahma and chief of the...

Monkey Pose

(hah-new-mahn-AHS-anna) “It was the greatest leap ever taken. The speed of Hanuman’s jump pulled blossoms and flowers into the air after him and they fell...

Heron Pose

Vyasa, Patanjali’s oldest extant commentator, mentions this pose, though he doesn’t describe how to do it: “The curlew and other seats may be...

Fire Log Pose

Fire Log Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit on one edge of a thickly-folded blanket, knees bent, feet on the floor. Lightly shrug your...

Easy Pose

Easy Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Fold a thick blanket or two into a firm support about six inches high. Sit close to one...

Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend

(oo-pah-VEESH-tah cone-AHS-anna) upavistha = seated, sitting kona = angle Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose), then lean your torso back slightly...

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

(ARE-dah MOT-see-en-DRAHS-anna) ardha = half Matsyendra = king of the fish (matsya = fish indra = ruler), a legendary teacher of yoga Half Lord of...

Staff Pose

Staff Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit on the floor with your legs together and extended in front of your torso. If your torso...

Cow Face Pose

(go-moo-KAHS-anna) go = cow (Sanskrit go is a distant relative of the English word “cow”) mukha = face Cow Face Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit in...

Lotus Pose

(pod-MAHS-anna) padma = lotus Lotus Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front. Bend your right knee and bring...