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Yoga postures.

The yoga postures or asanas are based on the three basic human postures of standing, sitting or lying down. While practising these yoga poses every cell of the body is refreshed with a supply of life-giving energy. The final posture of an asana is achieved when all the parts of the body are positioned correctly, with full awareness and intelligence.

“Be strong then, and enter into your own body; there you have a solid place for your feet…just throw away all thoughts of imaginary things, and stand firm in that which you are.” Kabir, Indian Mystic Philosopher

The trikonsana yoga pose (Triangle pose)

Trikonasana –

Triangle Pose

  • Tones abdominal and respiratory organs
  • Strengthens Spine & Neck
  • Tones chest, abdomen and leg muscles.
  • Stengthens ankle, knee & shoulder joints.

The Arda Chandrasana (Half Moon) Yoga Pose

Ardha Chandrasana –

Half Moon pose

  • Reduces congestion in abdominal and pelvic organs
  • Improves balance and poise
  • Strengthens inner ears and eyes
  • Improves circulation to the head, neck hypothalamus and endocrine glands of the brain and neck

The Virabhadrasama yoga pose

Virabhadrasama III –

Virbhadra’s Pose III

  • Strengthens spine and legs
  • Strengthens neck, abdominal and back muscles
  • Loosens shoulder and hip joints
  • Tones abdominal organs
  • Improves balance, poise and concentration

The Uttanasa spine stretching yoga pose

Uttanasana –

Spine Stretching Pose

  • Stretches Spine
  • Improves blood flow to head and neck
  • Improves blood flow to hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, parathyroid and thymus glands
  • Massages abdominal and pelvic organs
  • Sooths nerves and calms the mind

Gomunasana yoga pose

Gomukasana –

Cows face pose

  • Loosens all small and big joints
  • Expands chest and lungs
  • Massages and improves blood flow to pelvic organs
  • Stretches spine
  • Strengthens shoulders, arms and thighs

Anatasana yoga pose

Anantasana –

Vishnu’s Resting Pose

  • Strenghtens joints of upper and lower extremities
  • Soothes mind and nerves
  • Stretches and relaxes nerves of legs and arms
  • Improves blood flow to pelvic organs and endocrine glands
  • Tones the lungs and abdominal organs

Ustrasana yoga pose

Ustrasana –

Camel Pose

  • Tones complete spine
  • Broadens chest and expands lungs
  • Tones larynx, heart and neck muscles
  • Tones abdominal and pelvic organs
  • Stimulates all endocrine glands

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana yoga pose

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana –

Reverse Head Knee Pose

  • Tones spine and abdominal organs
  • Relieves congestion in pelvic organs
  • Improves blood flow to pituitary, pineal, thyroid and parathyroid
  • Soothes nerves and mind
  • Reduces stress and strain


Pascimottanasana –

Back Spine Stretching Pose

Tones complete spine

Massages abdominal and pelvic organs

Improves digestion

Tones endocrine glands

Removes mental and physical fatigue

Loosens all joints

The yoga postures or asanas are based on the three basic human postures of standing, sitting or lying down. While practising these yoga poses every cell of the body is refreshed with a supply of life-giving energy. The final posture of an asana is achieved when all the parts of the body are positioned correctly, with full awareness and intelligence.Tones complete spineMassages abdominal and pelvic organsImproves digestionTones endocrine glandsRemoves mental and physical fatigueLoosens all joints

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