Yoga asanas are defined as postures or poses designed for yoga purposes. Yoga asanas come in a huge variety of different yoga poses made for different types of yoga and ranging from yoga for beginners to advanced. Originally, there was one single yoga position designed for long-time meditation and reflection but today you can try out all the different ones and find what suits you best.
Every yoga posture will have a specific function and purpose, whether it is improving flexibility or maintaining wellbeing, and whether it be a twsting position, lying down position or bending one. In English we use yoga asanas to signify and standing or sitting yoga pose, although there are many other technically specific terms.
Examples of Yoga Asanas
Due to the infinite number of yoga poses and positions possible, we have chosen our top 5 yoga asanas for you to have a go at! These can be done at home with the right yoga equipment or in the gym. Have a go, get started on these basic yoga asanas then move on to more complicated ones:
- Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend): start standing up, take a deep breath in and bend over clenching in your abs and bringing your chin inwards to your chest, keep your shoulders relaxed, place your hands on the ground with your chest close to your knees
- Malasana (Yoga Squat): toes facing outwards and heels inwards, bend into a low squat holding your hands in prayer position
- Upward Facing Dog: lying down with your body stretched from fingers to toes, bend your arms to the side of your chest and push up with your head facing upwards and streching your chest/neck
- Virabhadrasana (Warrior 1 Pose): with your right knee bent in a lunge position and your left leg stretched out behind, toes facing forward, extend your arms upwards to have palms touching and stare upwards pushing shoulders down
- Purvottanasana (Intense East Pose): begin sitting with legs stretched in front of you and toes pointing forward, place hands behind you facing forwards like your toes, inhale pressing hands and toes into the floor and pushing your hips up, your head should be facing up and back
View the yoga benefits of doing these poses here.