List of Ashtanga Yoga Asana Names

Meaning of the yogasana poses of the primary series

The practice of the Ashtanga yoga Vinyasa Primary Series heals the body of impurities
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Ashtanga yoga asanas names and sequences

List and meaning of yoga poses of primary series of the Ashtanga yoga

The names of the yoga poses that make up the Ashtanga Primary Series give clues to their ability to promote the health of the physical body but not just – many Ashtanga poses are named after an animal or natural phenomena that symbolises the essence of a specific quality of life-force. Take Navasana, for example. Visually speaking, the Boat Pose mimics a vessel at sea. Symbolically, a practitioner in Navasana is on a journey across the unsettled waters of samsara to the other shore. This is why asana practice is such a great way to promote not just physical strength but also emotional healing – we tend to store a lot of stress in our bodies, and unlocking that tension through the practice can be a profound experience.

What are the poses and sequences of the primary series of Ashtanga yoga?


  • Samasthiti
    Standing still
  • Surya Namaskara (A & B)
    Sun salutation
  • Padangushtasana
    Thumb to foot pose
  • Pada hastasana
    Hand to foot pose
  • Utthita Trikonasana
    Extended triangle pose
  • Parivritta Trikonasana
    Revolved extended triangle pose
  • Utthita Parshvakonasana
    Extended side way angle pose
  • Parivritta Parshvakonasana
    Revolved extended side way angle pose
  • Prasarita Padottanasana (A, B, C & D)
    Spread feet stretching pose
  • Parshvottanasana
    Sideways stretching pose
  • Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana
    Extended triangle pose
  • Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana
    Half bound lotus stretching pose
  • Utkatanasana
    Uneven pose
  • Virabhadrasana (A & B)
    Warrior pose


  • Dandasana (Chaturanga Dandasana)
    Four-Limbed Staff Pose (staff means spine, body support)
  • Paschimattanasana (3 types)
    West-Back (extended-intense) stretching pose
  • Purvatanasana
    Est-Front (extended-intense) stretching pose
  • Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimattanasana
    Half bound lotus forward pose
  • Trianga Mukhaekapada Paschima
    One foot transversely facing back forward stretch
  • Janu Shirshasana (A, B & C)
    Head to knee pose
  • Marichyasana (A, B, C & D)
    Marichya (Ray of light (of sun or moon)) pose
  • Navasana
    Boat pose
  • Bhujapidasana
    Arm pressure pose
  • Kurmasana
    Tortoise pose
  • Supta Kurmasana
    Sleeping tortoise pose
  • Garbha Pindasana
    Embryo in the womb pose
  • Kukkutasana
    Roster pose
  • Baddha Konasana
    Bound angle pose
  • Upavishta Konasana
    Seated angle pose
  • Supta Konasana
    Sleeping angle pose
  • Supta Padangushtasana
    Lateral sleeping thumb to foot pose
  • Ubhaya Padangushtasana
    Both thumbs to feet pose
  • Urdhva Mukha Paschimattanasana
    Upward facing forward stretch pose
  • Setu Bandhasana
    Bridge configuration (construction) pose
  • Urdhva Dhanurasana
    Elevated bow pose
  • Paschimattanasana
    West-Back (extended-intense) stretching pose


  • Salamba Sarvangasana
    All limbs pose
  • Halasana
    Plow pose
  • Karnapidasana
    Ear pressure pose
  • Urdhva Padmasana
    Elevated lotus pose
  • Pindasana
    Embryo pose
  • Matsyasana
    Fish pose
  • Uttana Padasana
    Extended foot pose
  • Shirshasana
    Head standing pose
  • Baddha Padmasana
    Bound lotus pose
  • Yoga Mudra
    Yoga gesture
  • Padmasana
    Lotus pose
  • Uth Pluthi (Tolasana)
    Sprung up
  • Shavasana
    Corpse pose

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Sequences, asanas names and meaning of yoga poses of the intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga, also called second series or Nadi Shodhana in sanskrit language. Click here