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Classification of Yoga asanas

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For purposes of convenience, the asanas can be classified into the following five categories:

    1. Asanas attained from standing position

    2. Asanas attained from sitting position

    3. Asanas attained from supine position

   4. Asanas attained from prone position

   5. Asanas to be done at the end

A few of the asanas attained from the above positions are listed below:


Standing Position

  • Tadasana
  • Padahastasana
  • Vrikshasana
  • Ardha Chakrasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Veerabhadrasana
  • Padangustana
  • Garudasana
  • Uttita Pavanamuktasana
  • Ekapada Urvasana

Sitting Position
  • Dandasana
  • Veerasana/Supta Veerasana
  • Vajrasana/Supta Vajrasana
  • Paryankasana
  • Padmasana
  • Siddhasana
  • Sasankasana
  • Padma Mayurasana
  • Janu Sirasana
  • Paschimothanasana

Supine Position
  • Sarvangasana
  • Viparitakarani
  • Halasana
  • Matsyasana
  • Pavanamuktasana
  • Padma Sarvangasana
  • Uttita Padasana
  • Pristasana
  • Setu Bandhasana
  • Chakrasana

Prone Position
  • Bhujangasana
  • Dhanurasana
  • Salabhasana
  • Mandookasana (Bhekasana)
  • Chaturanga Dandasana

Asanas to be done at the end
  • Sirsasana (and its variations)
  • Ardha Sirsasana
  • Eka Pada Sirsasana
  • Urdhwa Padma Sirsasana
  • Uttana Tadasana
  • Savasana


Suryanamaskara (Sarvanga Sundarasana)

Suryanamaskara asanas and benefits

Suryanamaskara, also called Sarvanga Sundarasana, is basically a physical yogic exercise comprising a cycle of 12 asanas for achieving bodily flexibility. In other words, it is a combination of yogasanas and pranayama. Suryanamaskara means offering salutations to the Sun God.


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Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: March 27, 2012