Ashtanga Yoga & types of yoga postures

June 21 is celebrated all over the world as International Day of Yoga. Yoga is not only a physical exercise, rather it is an exercise that brings joy and joy in our life. It develops us socially and spiritually. If we completely adopt rules of yoga in our life, then life will become beautiful like heaven. India gifted yoga to the world. Although, yoga was started with the beginning of human civilization but around 200 BC Maharshi Patanjli expended it more.
There are following 6 types of yoga
  1. Hatha Yoga
  2. Raja Yoga
  3. Karma yoga
  4. Bhakti Yoga
  5. Gyana Yoga
  6. Tantra Yoga

What is Ashtanga Yoga

The second Yoga Raja Yoga is a very popular nowadays. We also know Raja Yoga as Ashtanga Yoga.

There are 8 types of Ashtanga yoga which are as follows-

  1. Yama Yoga
  2. Niyama Yoga
  3. Asana Yoga
  4. Pranayama Yoga
  5. Pratyahara Yoga
  6. Dharana Yoga
  7. Dhyana Yoga
  8. Samadhi Yoga
Asana yoga and pranayama yoga are more commonly used in 8 types of Ashtanga yoga. So lets today we know about Asana yoga, one important parts from Ashtanga Yoga.

Why yoga postures (Yogasanas) are beneficial

Being busy with his work, a man is always in haste. Along with the body, our mind is also in a haste. Yoga postures will be beneficial not only for your body, but will also calm your mind. All worries go away, and there is a feeling of bliss.
During the yoga posture, one should not force the body. Although in the initial stage your body will feel some discomfort but with constant practice this problem will also go away. Maharishi Patanjali had said that the posture is the same which can be done sitting happily in a steady state.

States of yoga postures

There are two states of yoga postures. All types of postures come under these both postures.

  • Dynamic Posture — Such postures which are done dynamically.
  • Static Posture — Such postures which are done in static state.

Types of yogasana (yoga postures)

There are generally 84 types of asanas (postures). However, Indian texts claim to have 84 lakh types of asanas. Most yoga postures are named after animals, creatures, birds, and objects. But 32 types of yoga postures (yoga asanas) are in the trend these days. So here we are mentioning some main poses.

How to do yoga and its various poses

Today we will sequentially tell you about the major yoga postures which will be beneficial for beginners.

Yoga Postures

Auspicious Pose Yoga (Swastikasana)

First spread your legs ahead. After this, stick to your left foot on the inner to right thigh and the right foot on the inner of left thigh. Then straighten your waist and entire body and keep your hands straight on your knees.
  • Auspicious Pose Yoga is helpful in increasing your concentration.
  • This yoga posture increases interest in students towards study.
  • This pose makes our nervous system strong.
  • It also modulates the circulation of blood in our body.
  • Regular practice of this yoga posture strengthens our digestive system.
  • It removes many of problems related to private parts of women.

Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)

First of all sit cross legged on the floor, then put your right leg on the left leg as shown in the picture above. Here you try to merge the knees of the two legs. Then move your right hand to back from near right ear and move your left hand to back from near left rib. Now try to join both palms of back mutually.



If you could join both the palms then it is a very good thing never mind if not. Do this exercise from both left or right side.
  • Cow face pose cleanses the lungs and increase their stamina.
  • Regular practice of this yoga posture cures many respiratory diseases.
  • It strengthens knees and feet.
  • This yoga posture cleans the blood and Improves blood flow.
  • It provides relief in urinary disease, intestine disease, indigestion, diabetes, and arthritis.

Cowherd Pose (Gorakshasana)

First, you sit down on floor and spread your legs forward. After this, bend the legs from the knees and join the soles of both feet together. Now move the soles slowly towards the testicle, For convenience, you can move your hand back and put your weight on your hands. Try to get both of your feet on the floor, Although it will not be so easy but it is possible with its regular practice. Although it will not be so easy but it is possible with its regular practice.

All yoga postures mentioned above should be done at least 30 seconds in the beginning but keep increasing this time gradually.

  • The practice of Cowherd Pose strengthens the knee joint, buttocks, ankles, and shins.
  • Its regular practice provides relief in uterine diseases in women.
  • This yoga posture relieves the problem of stomach gas.
  • This yoga posture is helpful in maintaining balance in the body.

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose means turn the body half. First of all sit on the floor with your legs spread. After this, straighten your waist and bend your left foot from knee, keep the heel of this foot near your genitals. Now keep the foot sole of your right foot on the floor near the left knee, crossing your left leg. Hold your right foot with your right hand and move your left hand backward, and put the hand sole on the floor to the left. While moving your left hand back, you also have to rotate your neck and torso. It is a bit difficult process, everyone’s body is not as flexible so don’t pay attention to force with the body, by doing this, you may also suffer loss rather than profit. Every day a little practice will bring flexibility in your body. This Yoga posture has following benefits
  • It makes your backbone strong and flexible.
  • Opens the chest and increases oxygen supply to the lungs.
  • Relieves pain in arms, shoulders, neck and upper back.
  • This Yoga posture is beneficial for patients with pancreas and diabetes.

Psychic Union Pose Yoga (Yoga Mudrasana)

First of all, sit on the floor by spreading your legs. After this, keep both your legs on your thighs, that is, sit in Lotus position. Now take a long breath and put your stomach inside, and then put the left hand on the stomach, and the right hand on the left hand. Now release your breath and bend forward in the same posture and let your chin rest on the floor.
  • By doing so, you get benefit in all diseases related to stomach.
  • It is helpful in curing diseases related to diseases like gas, constipation, acidity, indigestion, ulcerative colitis, piles, etc.
  • This yoga posture is beneficial for diabetes patients.

Abdominal Stretch Posture (Udarakarshanasana)

First of all, you sit in squat on the floor then put your right leg knee on the floor. Straighten the foot by putting your paw on the floor and place your buttocks on the heel of that foot. Now, bend your left leg from your knee to erect it, that is, your knee should be up. Now move the paw of your left leg near right knee. Now place your left hand on the left knee and right hand on the right knee. Now try to press your left knee down with your left hand and rotate your face to the left in such a way that your left shoulder, and your face are in a straight line. Now you, repeat the same process on the other side as well.
  • Regular practice of this yoga posture removes many stomach disorders.
  • Relieves foot pain, back pain and toes pain.

Lying Abdominal Stretch Pose (Supta Udarakarshanasana)

First of all, lie down flat on the floor. After this, tighten the claws of your hands and keep them under your head. Now joining your two legs together straight them by bending your knees. That is, the soles of your feet should be on the floor and knees should be upwards. Now bend your two legs together to the right and rotate your neck to face left. Your right leg should touch the floor completely. In such a situation, you stay for about 30 seconds. Now repeat the same process from the other side as well. Tilt your feet to the left and your face to the right. You repeat this process about 8 to 10 times. There are many benefits of taking Udarakarshanasana
  • It balances hormones.
  • It improves the digestive system.
  • This yoga posture is beneficial in back pain.
Friends,today we told you about seven major yoga postures (yogasanas) from ashtanga yoga which are very useful in your daily life. Apart from these seven yoga postures, there are many following asanas whose constant practice can keep a man Mentally and physically fit and fresh.
  1. Shoulder Stand Pose (Sarvangasana)
  2. Eagle Pose (Garudasana)
  3. Peacock Pose (Myurasana)
  4. Lion Pose (Simhasana)
  5. Fish Pose (Matsyasana)
  6. Wheel Pose (Chakrasana)
  7. Crocodile Pose (Makarasana)
  8. Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana)
  9. Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
  10. Plough Pose (Halasana)
  11. Corpse Pose (Shavasana)
  12. Leg Rotation Pose (Pada Chakrasana)
  13. Dancer Pose (Natarajasana)

Friends, just like healthy eating and drinking is important in our life, similarly, make yoga a part of your daily life. Out of hundreds of types of yoga postures , practicing these few postures can make your life happy. Pranayamas mentioned in Ashtanga Yoga have also a great importance in life. We will bring a articles on pranayama soon. If you found this information helpful, please hit the ‘Like’ button below. Subscribe us to get our new articles.

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