Yoga Postures Based On Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra

Shirsasana– Headstand

Regarded as ‘King’ of the estimated 84000 different Yoga postures. Slows rate of respiration and heartbeat, increases supply of oxygen to the brain, improves disorders of the nerves, eyes, ears, nose & throat, gives relief for varicose veins, memory, concentration and intellect are increased.

Sarvangasana- The Shoulder Stand

Chin pressing on the throat, the thyroid gland is massaged and regulated as this asana brings a rich blood supply to the thyroid, so it actively regulates the body's metabolism, heat production, weight problems (under or over), skin becomes soft, helps to cure insomnia and depression.

Halasana- The Plough Pose

A forward bending position which stretches the entire spine nourishing the nervous system, internal organs are massaged relieving indigestion, constipation and insomnia.

Matsyasana- The Fish Pose

Removes stiffness from the cervical, thoracic and lumber regions. A rounded shoulder is corrected, increases lung capacity, relieves spasm in bronchial tube and relieves asthma.

Chakrasana – Cartwheel Pose

The chest expands and the lungs get more oxygen - this makes the pose especially beneficial for asthma patients. It reduces the stress and tension in the body. Sharpens eyesight. This also helps to strengthen the back and increases the elasticity of the spine.

Paschimottan asana - Forward Bend

Stretches the whole backside and reduces stomach fat. Gives massage to internal organs while breathing.

Bhujangasana - Cobra Pose

Gives backward bend to the spine therefore relieves hunchback, back pain, lumbago, asthma and other respiratory problems, nerves and muscles of the spine are rejuvenated. Very powerful for women, the ovaries and uterus are toned, relives menstrual problems etc.

Shalabhasana - The Locust Pose

Removes lower back pain and sciatica; aids in digestion; internal organs especially the kidney, pancreas and liver are massaged.

Dhanurasana - Bow Pose

Flexibility is brought to the whole spine: cervical, thoracic, lumber, sacral. Useful in aiding chronic constipation; dyspepsia; removes sluggishness of the liver and gastro-intestinal disorders. Regulates pancreas, good for diabetic people. Fat is removed. Ossification of bones is prevented.

Adho Shwan Mukh Asana – Downward Facing Dog Pose

Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. Energizes the body. Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands. Strengthens the arms and legs. Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause. Relieves menstrual discomfort when done with head supported. Helps prevent osteoporosis.

Paschim Namaskar Asana - Reverse Prayer Pose

The shoulder movements help open up the chest and promote digestion. The shoulder movement helps strengthen your wrist tendons and is especially good for people who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and wrist pain.

Raj Kapota Asana – One-legged King Pigeon Pose

Stretches the thighs, groins and psoas, abdomen, chest and shoulders, and neck. Stimulates the abdominal organs. Opens the shoulders and chest

Kakasana – The Crow Pose

Strengthens arms, wrists and shoulders; increases breathing capacity; increases concentration, promotes physical and mental balance; removes lethargy.

Pada Hastasana – Hands to Feet Pose

Invigorates the entire nervous system; increases the blood supply to the brain, adipose tissue on the abdomen will disappear, complete stretch is given to the hamstring muscle and lower body is stretched.

Vriksha Asana – Tree Pose

Stretches the thighs, groins, torso, and shoulders. It builds strength in the ankles and calves, and tones the abdominal muscles. The pose also helps to remedy flat feet and is therapeutic for sciatica.

Trikona Asana- Triangle Pose

Tones the spinal nerves and abdominal organs, increases peristalsis movement of the digestive track.