Sanskrit-English Glossary

Adho Muka Svanasana
Downward Facing Dog

Ardha
“Half” - for example, Ardha Uttanasana means “half standing forward bend”

Bhagavad Gita
Classic Hindu Holy Text

Bhujangasana
Cobra

Chaturanga Dandasana
Bottom of the Push-Up Position

Dandasana
Stick Pose

Halasana
Plow Pose

Janu Sirsasana
Head-to-Knee Pose

Matsyasana
Fish Pose

Namaste
Traditional Greeting and Farewell, literally “The light in me bows to the light in you”

Padmasana
Lotus Position

Paschimottanasana A
Western Intense Stretch Posture, first variation

Purvottanasana
Eastern Intense Stretch Posture

Salamba Sarvangasana
Shoulder Stand

Savasana
Relaxation Pose

Supta Baddha Konasana
Sleeping (or Reclining) Bound Angle Pose

Tadasana
Mountain Pose

Ujjayi Pranayamas
“Victorious breathing” - the breath is sounded like a soft whisper at the back of the throat; the inhales and exhales are deeper and longer than our regular breathing patterns

Urdhva Dhanurasana
“Upward Facing Bow Pose” - the modification of this position, whereby the hands are connected under the back, is called “Bridge Pose”

Uhrdva Hastasana
Upward Facing Hands

Urdhva Muka Svanasana
Upward Facing Dog

Utkatasana
“Fierce Pose” otherwise known as “Chair Pose”

Uttanasana
Standing Forward Bend

Vinyasa
Vigorous flowing style of Yoga

Virabhadrasana A
Warrior One Posture

Virabhadrasana B
Warrior Two Posture

Yoga
Literally “Union”