Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose

parivrtta = revolvedjanu = kneesirsa = head Revolved Side Angle Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit on the floor with your torso upright and your legs wide. Bend your left knee and snug the heel into your left groin. Then slightly bend your right knee and slide the heel a few inches toward the right buttock. Exhale, […]

Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya I

Yoga Poses by Type

  Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya I: Step-by-Step Instructions Come into it from a standing position. First bend your knees as if to squat, then take your left knee to the floor. Turn your left foot so it points to the right and sit on the heel. Cross your right foot over your left […]

Revolved Side Angle Pose

Revolved Side Angle Pose

  Since most students can’t easily keep their back heel down in this pose, a modified version will be described here with the back heel raised off the floor. See Deepen the Pose below for a brief description of the full pose. (par-ee-vrt-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna) parivrtta = to turn around, revolve parsva = side, flank kona […]

Noose Pose

  This position, suitable for intermediate and advanced students, is described in the Full Pose section below. First we’ll look at a simpler version of this twist, using the wall as a prop. (posh-AHS-anna) pasa = a snare, trap, noose, tie, bond, cord, fetter Noose Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) next to […]

Marichi’s Pose

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 Maruts (“shining ones”), the war-like storm gods. He’s one of the seven (sometimes 10 or 12) seers (rishis) or lords of creation (prajapatis), who intuitively “see” and declare the divine […]

Revolved Triangle Pose

  (par-ee-vrit-tah trik-cone-AHS-anna) parivrtta = to turn around, revolve trikona = three angle or triangle Revolved Triangle Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Stand in Tadasana. With an exhalation, step or lightly jump your feet 3½ to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, shoulder blades wide, […]

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

Half lord of the fishes

  (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 the Fishes Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you, buttocks supported on a folded blanket. Bend your knees, put your […]

Bharadvaja’s Twist

Bharadvaja's Twist

(bah-ROD-va-JAHS-anna), Bharadvaja = one of seven legendary seers, credited with composing the hymns collected in the Vedas Bharadvaja’s Twist: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you. Shift over onto your right buttock, bend your knees, and swing your legs to the left. Lay your feet on the […]