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Brush Up On Your Sanskrit Counting and Pose Names

Grimmly just wrote an awesome blog at ,Overcoming Asana…Yoga at Home, on sanskrit counting and pose names. Go here for the full post.

 

Counting In Sanskrit


1.    EKAM 
2.    DVE
3.    TRINI  
4.    CATVARI  
5.    PANCHA  
6.    SAT     
7.    SAPTA  
8.    ASTAU  
9.    NAVA 
10.  DASA 
11.  EKADASA 
12.  DVADASA
13.  TRAYODASA    
14.  CHATURDASA 
15.  PANCADASA 
16.  SODASA
17.  SAPTADASA 
18.  ASTADASA 
19.  EKONAVIMSATIH 
20.  VIMSATHI  
21.  EKAVIMSATIH 
22.  DVAVIMSATIH  
23.  TRAYOVIMSATIH
24.  CATURVIMSATIH
25.  PANCAVIMSATIH 
26.  SOVIMSTIH 
27.  SAPTAVIMSATIH  
28.  ASTAVIMSATIH
 
Ashtanga Vinyasa Count Primary Series Uttanasana
 
CODE
First  number followed by * is the number of vinyasas
The numbers after the star are the states of the asana
 
So  Jānuśīrṣāsana A – C   22 *  8 , 15  signifies that all three versions of 

Jānuśīrṣāsanahave have 22 vinyasa each and that the states of the asana for each versions are 8 and 15 ( IE. Both sides)

I’ve grouped asana that have the same vinyasa/state code to aid in memorising.

STANDING SEQUENCE
 
Sūryanamaskāra A = 9 vinyasa  B = 17 vinyasa 
 
——————————————————————————— hasta
Pādāngusthāsana 3 * 2
 
Pāda Hastāsana    3 * 2
——————————————————–
Uthitta Trikoṇāsana A and B         5 * 2 , 4
 
Uthitta Pārśvakonāsana A and B   5 * 2 , 4                
——————————————————–
 
Prasārita Pādottānāsana A and D      5 * 3           

——————————————————–
 
Pārśvottānāsana     5 * 2 , 4 

 
Utthita Hasta Pādāṅguṣṭhāsana    14 * 2 , 4 , 7 , 11 , 14 
 
Ardha Baddha Padmottānāsana     9 * 2 + 7       
 
Utkatāsana 13 * 7

Vīrabhdrāsana  16 * 7 , 8 , 9 , 10


PRIMARY SERIES
 
Paścimattānāsana  16 * 9   F60C3382-2650484292-O
 
Purvottānāsana 15 * 8   
———————————————–
Ardha Baddha Padma Paścimattānāsana  22 *  8 , 15
 
Tiryañgmukha Ekapāda Paścimattānāsana  22 * 8 , 15 
 
Jānuśīrṣāsana A – C   22 *  8 , 15 
 
Marīcāsana A and B        22 *  8 , 15
—————————————————
 
Marīcāsana C and D  18 * 7 , 12   F60C3746-2650499186-O
 
Nāvāsana  13 * 7 
 
Bhujapīḍāsana 15 * 7 ,  8 
 
Kūrmāsana 16 * 7 
 
Supta Kūrmāsana  16 * 8 
 
Garbha Piṇḍāsana  15 * 8 
 
Kukkutasana   15 * 9 
 
Baddha Konāsana     15 * 8 
 
Upaviṣṭha Konāsana      15 * 8 , 9 
 
Supta Konāsana        16 * 8   
 
Supta Pādāñguṣṭhāsana     28 * 9 , 11 , 17 , 19  F60C3771-2650500744-O
 
Ubhyaya Pādāñguṣṭhāsana    15 * 9  
 
ūrdhva Mukha Paścimattānāsana         16  * 10  
 
Setu Bandhāsana     15 * 9    
 
 
FINISHING SEQUENCE
 
ūrdhva Dhanurāsana      15 * 9  
——————————————-
Salaṁbā Sarvāṅgāsana      13 * 8 
 
Halāsana         13 * 8   
 
Karṇapīḍāsana          13 * 8 
——————————————-
ūrdhva Padmāsana              13 * 9 
 
Piṇḍāsana                 13 * 9
——————————————–
Matsyāsana          14 * 8  
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Uttāna Pādāsana       13 * 8 
 
śīrṣāsana          13 * 8 
 
Baddha Padmāsana        13 * 8   
—————————————-
Yoga mudra          14 * 9  
 
Padmasana             13 * 8    
 
Uth Pluthi            14 * 8 


 
 
Remembering the names of the asana
 
Writing a blog helps
 
So does knowing what the different parts of the name means
 
Sanskrit Asana
 
Sūryanamaskāra 
sūrya = sun
namaskāra = salutation
 
Pādāngusthāsana 
pādāngusth = big toe
āsana = posture
 
Pāda Hastāsana  F60C3333-2650481265-O
pāda = foot
hasta = hand
 
Uthitta Trikoṇāsana
uthitta = extended
tri = three
koṇa = angle
 
Uthitta Pārśvakonāsana 
uthitta = extended
pārśva = to the side
kona = angle
 
Prasārita Pādottānāsana
prasārita = spread out
pāda = foot
uttānā = intense stretch
 
Pārśvottānāsana
pārśva = to the side
 
Utthita Hasta Pādāṅguṣṭhāsana
utthita = extended
hasta = hand
pādāṅguṣṭha = big toe
 
Ardha Baddha Padmottānāsana
ardha = half
baddha = bound
padma = lotus
 
Utkatāsana – Vīrabhdrāsana
utkata = fierce / powerful
vīra = hero
 
Paścimattānāsana
paścima = west
 
Purvottānāsana
purva = east / front
 
Ardha Baddha Padma Paścimattānāsana
ardha = half
baddha = bound
padma = lotus
paścima = west
uttāna = intense
 
Tiryañgmukha Ekapāda Paścimattānāsana  F60C3529-2650494023-O
tiriañg = transverse
mukha = face
ekapāda = one foot/leg
paścima = west
uttāna = intense
 
Jānuśīrṣāsana
jānu = knee
śīrṣa = head
 
Marīcāsana 
marīchy = sage Marichy
son of Brahma
 
Nāvāsana
nāva = boat
 
Bhujapīḍāsana
bhuja = arm / shoulder
pīḍa = pressure
 
Kūrmāsana, 
kūrma = tortoise
Supta = sleeping 
 
Garbha Piṇḍāsana
garbha = womb
piṇḍa = fetus

Kukkutasana F60C3316-2650480368-O
kukka + cock
 
Baddha Konāsana
baddha = bound
kona = angle
 
Upaviṣṭha Konāsana
upaviṣṭha = seated
kona = angle
 
Supta Konāsana
supta = sleeping
kona = angle
 
Supta Pādāñguṣṭhāsana
supta = sleeping
pādāñguṣṭha = big toe
 
 
Ubhyaya Pādāñguṣṭhāsana
ubhyaya = sleeping
pādāñguṣṭha = big toe
 
ūrdhva Mukha Paścimattānāsana
ūrdhva = upward
mukha = face
paścima = west
uttāna = intense
 
Setu Bandhāsana F60C3441-2650489310-O
setu = bridge
bandha = lock / seal / completion
 
ūrdhva Dhanurāsana
ūrdhva = upward
dhanurasana = bow
 
Salaṁbā Sarvāṅgāsana 
salaṁbā = supported
sarvāṅga = all limbs
 
Halāsana
hala = plough
 
Karṇapīḍāsana
karṇa = ear
pīḍa = pressure
 
ūrdhva Padmāsana F60C3306-2650479807-O
ūrdhva = upward
padma = lotus

Piṇḍāsana
piṇḍa = womb
 
Matsyāsana
matsy = fish
 
Uttāna Pādāsana
uttāna = intense
pādā = feet
 
śīrṣāsana
śīrṣa = head
 
Baddha Padmāsana
baddha = bound
padma = lotus
 
Uth Pluthi 14 vinyasa
pluthi = jump / lift
 
 

Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail shanna@ashtangayogaproject.com.

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