Thursday, August 25, 2011

The animals in the first and second Ashtanga series.



The animals in the first and second Ashtanga series:

First series:
1. Kurmasana: kurma = tortoise
2. Supta kurmasana: supta = sleeping, kurma = tortoise, sleeping tortoise

Second series: 
1. Krounchasana: krouncha = heron
2. Shalabasana A and B: shalabha = locust
3. Bhekasana: bheka= frog
4. Ushtrasana: ushtra = camel
5. Kapotasana: kapota = pigeon
6. Bakasana A and B: baka = crane
7. Tittibhasana A,B, and C: tittibha = insect
8. Pincha mayurasana: pincha = feather, mayura = peacock, feather of the peacock
9. Karandavasana: karandava = sort of duck, duck posture
10. Vrishchikasana (this pose is often added): vrishchika = scorpion
11. Mayurasana: mayura = peacock
12. Nakrasana: nakra = crocodile
13. Vatayanasana: vatayana = horse
14. Gomukhasana A und B: gomukha = cow face

(14 animal poses in second series, I'm amazed.)

Closing sequence:
1. Matsyasana: matsya = fish

The book "Ashtanga yoga" by David Swenson helped me to make this list.
Might the list motivate to learn the sanskrit names of the asanas.

An excursion to the zoo is planned. :)










Picture is taken on my way to the yoga studio:



2 comments:

Marie said...

This list is useful. Thank you!

(Also a bit poetic!)

namaste,
Marie

Ursula said...

Perhaps it motivates to learn the sanskrit names.

The Ashtanga zoo is wonderful.

Namaste,
Ursula