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Below is a very small sampling of the thousands of asanas (Yoga postures) that have developed over the years.  Practicing asanas brings balance and good health to the body.  Asanas have a gentle but powerful way of working not only muscles, tendons and joints, but the internal organs as well.  The pictures here include the Sanskrit word for the pose as well as today's English description as we know it.  Also included is a brief explanation of some of the benefits of each asana; how it can help physiologically and emotionally.

Adho Mukha Svanasana - Downward Facing Dog


an energizing and refreshing pose; develops great strength and freedom of movement in the upper body

Dhanurasana - Bow Pose

strengthens the back and opens the chest, heart and lungs

Salamba Sarvangasana - Supported Shoulderstand


improves circulation and blood supply to the brain; stimulates brain power, mental function; improves memory and concentration

Ustrasana - Camel Pose

expands the chest, heart and lungs; stimulates the thyroid gland; opens the groin; tones the thighs, abdomen, neck and back; promotes deep breathing

Virabhadrasana - Warrior II


harnesses energy and strength; tones and strengthens the thighs; enhances the flexibility of the legs

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana - Bridge Pose

stimulates the spine and glands in the neck; strengthens legs; opens the chest; develops flexibility and strength in the abdomen and pelvic muscles

Matsyasana - Fish Pose


strengthens the spine, neck, chest and respiratory system; an ideal counterpose to Sarvangasana (shoulderstand)

Ardha Chandrasana - Crescent Moon Pose


opens and expands the chest; builds strength in the upper and lower back, thighs and abdominal muscles

Halasana - Plough Pose

stimulates the thyroid gland; restful for the heart; stretches the upper back and neck; relieves bloating, tension and insomnia

Bhujangasana - Cobra Pose

tones the digestive, respiratory and nervous systems; develops strength and flexibility in the upper spine; is refreshing and invigorating

Balasana - Child's Pose

gently decompresses the spine and soothes the back and heart; restful for the head, face and eyes; promotes calming, steadying and grounding

Savasana - Corpse Pose

allows the body to relax; relieves fatigue and tension; centers the mind, reinvigorating


A sincere thanks to the Yoga Journal and the Healer by Region Network for the beautiful pictures presented on this website.


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Last modified: 05/05/2023