Pronounce Postures Correctly

Pronounce Postures Correctly In Sanskrit

If you are a yoga teacher, you should listen to this recording!

Here are Sanskrit names of asanas (postures), followed by their literal and/or common use translation. Lakshmi Nair and I made this because:

  • it’s important to try to pronounce asanas correctly which helps remind practitioners of yoga’s heritage.
  • Also, the development of Sanskrit is said to have made it a language for which the sounds of the words and syllables are meant to systematically affect different parts of the body.  This makes correct pronunciation an potential asset to anyone practicing asana.

Postures Pronounced: (please note that the following is NOT spelled using the official academic Sanskrit transliteration into English, but my own colloquial spelling method)

  • Anantasana
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Ardha
    • Ardha Chandrasana
    • Ardha Matsyendrasana
  • Adho Mukha Vrksasana
  • Baddhakonasana
  • Bakasana – Kakasana
  • Bharadvjasana
  • Bhekasana
  • Bhujungasana
  • Bhujapidasana
  • Chaturanga Dandasana
  • Chakrasana
  • Dandasana
  • Dhanoorasana
  • Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana
  • Garudasana
  • Halasana
  • Jatara Parivartanasana
  • Janu Shirshasana
  • Karnapidasana
  • Kurmasana
  • Lolasana
  • Malasana – Maalasana
  • Marichyasana
  • Matsyeasana
  • Navasana
  • Padmasana
  • Parshva
    • Parshvabakasana
    • Parshvakonasana
    • Parshvotanasana
  • Parivrtta
    • Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
    • Parivrtta Trihkonasana
  • Pashasana
  • Pashchimotanasana
  • Pinch Mayurasana
  • Prasaarita Padotanasana
  • Purvotanasana
  • Salamba
    • Salamba Sarvangasana
    • Salamaba Shirshasana
  • Shavasana
  • Setu Bhandasana
  • Setu Bhanda Sarvangasana
  • Shalabasana
  • Sukhasana
  • Supta
    • Supta Baddhakonasana
    • Supta Padangushtasana
  • Surya Namaskar
  • Trihkonasana
  • Upavishta Konasana
  • Urdva
    • Urdva Dhanoorasana
    • Urdva Mukha Shvanasana
  • Ushtrasana
  • Uttanasana
  • Uttita
    • Uttita Padangushtasana
    • Uttita Trihkonasana
    • Uttita Parsvakonasana
  • Utkatasana
  • Vashistasana
  • Viparita Karani
  • Virabhadrasana
  • Virasana
  • Vrkshasana

This list was read by Lakshmi Nair.  If you liked this podcast, consider checking out her amazing Satya Teacher Training for People of Color.  Lakshmi is dedicated to changing the landscape of yoga in West to reflect its true origin and the diversity of the general population.  She says:

 “Yoga is for all.  I believe that by training more people of color as yoga teachers, the empowering, healing practices of yoga will spread farther, wider, and more evenly, as it was meant to.

In addition, this program will be one of the first of its kind to specifically address the negative effects of racism and oppression on the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of communities of color through the wisdom of yoga.

I know from my own personal healing journey that yoga provides invaluable knowledge, understanding, and tools for self integration and healing from the psychic/spiritual wounds caused by racism.”

Thanks for listening!