Surya Namaskar means greeting or bowing the sun. Usually all sessions of Yoga asanas begin with the ‘Surya Namaskar’ or sun salutation. It nourishes and energizes the upper part of the body.
Utthan Pada Asana (Leg Lifting Posture)
‘Utthan’ means to raise up and ‘Pada’ means legs. In this posture the legs are lifted upwards. It strengthens the spinal code and removes disorders of the back.
Paschimothan Asana (The Forward Bend)
Paschimothan Asana also known as touching toes posture, means stretching the back. It brings flexibility and corrects disorders of the spine.
‘Bhujanga’ means serpent or snake. This asana is named after the king of the snakes, Cobra. It provides a youthful appearance and for women, makes child birth easy
Salabha Asana (The Locust)
‘Salabha’ or locust is a type of grass hopper. It is a reverse of cobra posture. It is strenuous and can be practiced in parts at the initial stage. It favourably activates all the organs of the lower part of the body.
Sarvanga Asana (The shoulder Stand)
‘Sarva’ means all and ‘Anga’ means body, so Sarvanga is the posture of the whole body. As the whole body weight in this posture rests on the shoulders, it is also called ‘Shoulder Stand Posture’. It is a purifying, nourishing and energizing asana beneficial to the whole body.
Matsya Asana (The Fish Posture)
Matsya Asana is so called because in its perfect posture, one is supposed to float like a fish in water. It is beneficial to perform this asana after Sarvanga Asana. It has corrective effects for the neck and shoulder troubles.
Dhanur Asana (The Bow Posture)
The body form in this asana resembles a bow or ‘dhanur’. It is one of the best asana for activating and strengthening the joints of the body. It has some special benefits for women.
Hala Asana (Plough Posture)
The plow or Hala Asana is an extreme forward bending exercise. It has some excellent benefits and occupies a very prominent place in asanas. It is a unique asana for gaining sexual powers.
‘Shava Asana’ means posture of a dead body. Also known as ‘Yoga Nidra’ which means yogic method of sleep. It is an asana which claims to provide a satisfactory relaxation of both the body and the mind.