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Asanas for stronger and more flexible quads (part 2)

Virtual chair against wall

This post (part 2) is a continuation on the theme of presenting asanas that are very effective in building strength and flexibility in the quads. Please visit the previous post (part 1) for more asanas.

Quads (short for quadriceps) are the group of four muscles in the top […]

Anantasana (Reclining Vishnu Pose)

Anantasana (Reclining Vishnu)

Anantasana (अनन्तासन), also called the Reclining Vishnu pose, is a beginner to intermediate level pose. It provides a nice stretch for the legs and also is a balancing pose in the reclining position.

Lord Vishnu

The word "ananta" which literally means endless or infinite, is […]

Vasishthasana (Side Plank Pose)


Vasishthasana (वसिष्ठासन) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] is an intermediate level pose and requires proper technique and adequate strength in the wrists, arms and shoulders, as well as the legs, to get into the final position. Some of the poses that will help you develop the necessary skills for […]

Tadasana – a Simple Balancing Stretch

Today I am going to talk about a standing stretch, Tadasana (ताडासन), which is a simple pose to practice and yet provides several excellent benefits. The word Tadasana is usually translated either as the Mountain Pose or the Palm Tree pose.

This is an excellent asana for the health of the spine. […]

Mayurasana (Peacock Pose)

The name Mayurasana – मयूरासन – [Audio clip: view full post to listen]is a composite of two words – mayura (peacock) and asana (pose). The word peacock instantly brings to mind the image of this beautiful bird, dancing with the tail fanned out displaying the most gorgeous colors and designs. Description of a […]

Parivritta Trikonasana (Revolving Triangle Pose)

Parivritta Trikonasana (Revolving Triangle Pose) – परिवृत्तत्रिकोणासन – [Audio clip: view full post to listen] is an intermediate level pose which can be considered a standing twist and provides a great stretch for the hips, the hamstrings, spine, shoulders and the legs. It also provides some challenge in maintaining balance while in the […]

Bakasana (Crane Pose) – build strength in wrists, arms and core

The word "baka" means a crane in Sanskrit – hence the name "Crane Pose". In some texts, you may find the word ‘bakasana’ ( बकासन) wrongly translated as "Crow Pose". The word for crow in Sanskrit is "kaka" so the Sanskrit word for "crow pose" would be "Kakasana".


Utthita Hasta Padangushthasana (Extended hand to big toe pose)

Utthita Hasta Padangushthasana ( उत्थितहस्तपादाङ्गुश्ठासन) (Extended hand to big toe pose) is an intermediate level one-leg balancing pose. Like most other standing balancing poses, it develops strength in the legs, focus, concentration, balance and stability.

Step-by-step Begin by coming to a standing posture on the mat. […]

Padangushthasana (Tiptoe Balance)

So far I have written about balancing poses which are done in a standing position – for example the Tree Pose or the Dancer Pose. Today’s post is about the Tiptoe balancing pose ( – Padangushthasana – पादाङ्गुष्ठासन, a balancing pose done from a squatting position. This is an intermediate level pose and […]

Ardha-chandrasana (Half-moon Pose)

The Ardha-chandrasana (अर्धचन्द्रासन) (Half Moon pose) is one of the intermediate level one-leg balancing poses. It is an excellent pose for developing strength in the legs and especially for stretching the hamstring and the gluteal muscles.

In my own practice, I try to include Ardha-chandrasana in my routine about once or twice […]