What’s Asana

The word ‘asana’ refers to the physical postures. These resources will deepen your knowledge and experience of Yogasana.

Asana Fact Sheets

Receive asana fact sheets via e-mail.

Do Yoga with Me

Individual poses and full classes. This site also has a full range of other yoga related resources.

The Yoga Poses

List of yoga poses, postures, and asanas for Hatha yoga, Kundalini yoga, Bikram yoga, Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga yoga plus other forms of Yoga.

Yoga Poses by Yoga Journal

You can browse for asanas (poses) by type, benefit, anatomy, alphabetically or type of activity you are involved in. (Yoga Journal)

Yoga Space

Visual of asanas with common name, sanskrit spelling and pronunciation.

Pronunciation Tips

Common asana names you may be mispronouncing. (Yoga International)

Related Information

…regarding asana in modern and more ancient times.

Early History of Asana: What Were the Original Postures & Where Did They Come From?

This article by Amy Vaughn shares the original asanas according to three Yoga asana texts: Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Shiva Samhita and Gheranda Samhita.

India Government Database

“Now, alarmed by the entrepreneurial fervor of many ambitious American yoga teachers, the Indian government will make quite clear that sequences of yoga postures are not to be sold as a capitalist product.”

The Roots of Asana

 Author of Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice summarizes his findings.

Time of India

“India has made available a database describing 1,300 yoga postures and videography of 200 popular among these as part of efforts to prevent patent pirates from exploiting it for commercial purposes.”

Yoga Land

“India has made available a list of 1,300 newly registered yoga poses, compiled to prevent the ancient moves from being exploited by patent pirates…”