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In Sanskrit language, Ardha means half and 'Cakra' means wheel. In this posture, the shape of the body takes the shape of half wheel, therefore it is called Ardha-cakrasana.
Bhujanga means cobra. The final position of this asana resembles the shape of a cobra.
It is strictly prohibited for the patients of hernia and in case of abdominal injuries.
'Cakra' means wheel. In the final position of this asana, body takes the shape of a wheel, hence the name.
People suffering from severe cardiac problems, high blood pressure, vertigo, abdominal inflammation and hernia should not practice it.
In Sanskrit, `Dhanu' means bow. In the final pose of this asana, the body takes the shape of a bow; hence this asana is named as Dhanurasana.
People suffering from hernia, peptic ulcer or duodenal ulcer, appendicitis, colitis, high blood pressure should consult a Yoga expert before practicing this asana.
'Hala’ means plough. This posture is known as Halasana because in its final position, the body resembles the shape of an Indian plough. Those who cannot perform Halasana are advised to do Ardhahalasana.
Those suffering from cervical spondylitis or stiffness in spine, hypertension should avoid this practice.
In Sanskrit 'Matsya' means fish. In the final position of this asana, the body takes the shape of a fish; hence the asana is known as Matsyasana.
People who are suffering from peptic ulcer, hernia or any serious spinal ailments should not do this asana without expert advice.
Natarajasana is named after Shiva, the Lord of the Dancers. There are several variations of Natarajasana. The posture given here is an advanced one.
`Pascima' means posterior and Uttana' means stretch out. In this asana, the back side of the body including the spinal column gets stretched, hence is the name. Stretching both the legs straight on the ground and holding the big toes with hands, one should
stay in this position with one's forehead placed on one's knees. This is called Pascimottnasana.
Those suffering from ulcer in abdomen should not practise it.
The meaning of 'salabha' is locust. In the final position of this asana, body resembles the shape of a locust, hence the name.
Those suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease and having complaint of asthma should not practise it.
Sarvangasana means the asana which influences all limbs of the body. According to Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari it is called Urdhvasarvangasana. A shoulder stand position is adopted in this asana. Sarvangasana can be called a further development of Uttanpadasana
People suffering from high-blood pressure, epilepsy, neck pain, sciatica and lumbar pain should not practise it.
Sasanka means ‘hare’. The body in this posture takes the shape of a hare, hence the name.
People suffering from backache should avoid practice of this 5sana.
‘Sirsa' means 'head'. In this asana one has to stand on head, so it is called Sirsasana.
'Trikona' means a triangle. In this asana, the body assumes the shape of a triangle, hence it is named Trikonasana.
Practice of this Asana should be avoided during severe backache.
"Ustra' means camel. The body in this posture resembles the posture of a camel, hence the name.
Those suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, hernia should not practise it.
This can be considered as a meditative posture. While practising it for meditative purposes, one should close his/her eyes at the final stage.
Persons suffering from piles should not practise this asana.
Siddhasana has been accepted by almost all the Hathayogic texts for Sadhana. In Sanskrit, Siddha means the realized, accomplished, attained,acquired. It is said that Siddhasana leads to realisation of the liberation which is the ultimate goal of Hathasadhana,
hence the name.
In Sanskrit language 'Gomukha' means 'cow's face. In this asana, the position of the legs takes the shape of Gomukha. Therefore, it is known as Gomukhasana.
Those suffering from bleeding piles should not practise it.
This posture is known as Simhasana because the face with protruded tongue resembles the fierce look of a roaring lion. In Sanskrit `Simha’ means 'lion', hence the name.
Persons suffering from arthritis of knee or hip, severe backache and balance disorders should not practise this asana.
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