Dictionary of Sanskrit Terms

Please note that Sanskrit doesn’t translate exactly to English. Many words in Sanskrit have multiple meanings in English.

Deep Yogic Breathing; Three Part Breath — Dirga Swasam

Alternate Nostril Breathing – Naddhi Suddhi or Naddhi Shodana

Warrior 1, 2, 3 — Vira Bhadrasana

Tree Pose — Vriksasana

King Dancer Pose — Natarajasana

Forward Bending Pose — Uttanasana

Half forward bending pose — Arddha Uttanasana

Half Lord of the Fishes pose/twist — Arddha Matseyandrasana

Head to knee pose — Janusirsasana

West side stretch, seated forward folding pose — Paschimottanasana

Staff Pose — Dandasana

Triangle Pose — Trikonasana

Reclining Hand to foot pose and extend — Supta Padangustasana 1 & 2

Corpse pose — Savasana

Bound Angle pose or Cobbler’s Pose –Baddha Konasana

Mountain Pose – Tadasana

Locust Pose – Salabhasana

Half Locust Pose – Ardha Salabhasana

Bow pose – Dhanurasana

Legs up the wall – Viparita Karani

Easy Pose – Sukasana

Chair Pose – Utkatasana

Eagle Pose – Garudasana

Monkey Pose – Unjanay Asana

Hero’s Pose or Lightning Bolt pose – Vajrasana

Gate Pose – Parighasana

Bridge Pose — Setu Bandhasana

Sun Salutation — Surya Namaskaram

Lotus Pose — Padmasana

Cow-faced Pose — Gomukasana

Pigeon Pose — Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Reclined Pigeon Pose — Supta Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Camel Pose — Ustrasana

Crocodile Pose — Makarasana

Child’s Pose — Balasana

Bent knee, wide squat, balance — Malasana

Plow Pose — Halasana