OFF THE MAT
& INTO NATURE:

There's nothing quite like doing yoga in nature and attuning to the wonderous world of energy around you! Here are some of our teachers, students & friends doing yoga outside - around CT and around the world!



Natasha in Three-Legged
Downward Facing Dog,
St. Lucia, British Virgin Islands


Saeeda in Windblown Warrior pose, (sporting her YogaSpace T-shirt)
Santorini, Greece

Supriya on Rock
Supriya in Seated Forward Fold
Block Island, RI


Lisa R. in Extended Triangle Pose,
Avalon, NJ

Supriya on Rock
Liz in Tree Pose, South Africa

Supriya on Rock
Ariel in Peaceful Warrior
Montuak, NY


Aline in Wheel Pose,
Grand Canyon, AZ


Jeanine in Handstand,
Turks & Caicos

Ken Hoffman
Ken practicing Tai Chi Single Whip posture in York, PA

Wild Thing
Ariel in Wild Thing, Sedona, AZ


Dan in Supported Headstand,
Annapurna Base Camp, Nepal


Lisa R. in Easy Pose
Btyce Canyon, UT


Alicia and her little yogi in Three-Legged Downward Facing Dogs!
Solihull, England


Dina in Peaceful Warrior pose,
Tulum, Mexico

Supriya on Rock
Lisa Z in Warrior III (Standing Stick)
Washington, CT


Glo Kent
Glo in Extended Triangle Pose,
Cape Hatteras, NC


Doug in Warrior I Pose,
Woodbury, CT


Natasha in Side Plank Pose,
San Fransisco, CA


Gloria In Tree Pose,
Old Saybrook, CT


Jai Bhava – juggling meditation, Waterbury, CT


Donna in Standing Hand-to-Big-Toe,
New Canaan, CT


Glo in Upward Facing Dog,
Eleuthera, Bahamas


Dina on-the-rocks in Tree Pose,
Little Compton, RI


Lisa in Warrior I (variation),
Redding, CT

Balasana Glo
Ariel in Child's Pose,
Block Island, RI


Lara in Headstand on a Stand Up Paddleboard. SUP Yoga!
Sherman, CT


Natasha in Triangle Pose (variation),
Yogaville, VA


Gloria in Cresent Moon Pose
Bellevue, WA



Do you like to practice outside? Send us your photos and we just might add them to our gallery!

Email jpgs here...

 

Gallery of Yoga Poses

Traditional yoga poses (or "asanas") have evolved over 3,000 years! Many have origins in ancient texts and embody forms in nature; animals, mountains, trees, etc.

Here ia a sampling of some of the poses you might experience in our classes. Beginners, please don't feel intimidated, since many of these poses are advanced and are not ones you will do intially. We simply offer these poses (and their commonly know Sanskrit and English names) as a resource and for inspiration!

This is by no means a comprehensive list of poses. Each pose may have many variations and modifications depending on the style of yoga and the teacher. We hope you'll have fun exploring these asanas and others!

Pose English Name Sanskrit Name
Child's Pose Balasana

(bah-LAHS-anna)

bala = child

Easy Pose Sukhasana

sukha = pleasant

Downward Facing Dog Pose Adho Mukha Svanasana

(AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna)

adho = downward
mukha = face
svana = dog

Upward Facing Dog Pose Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

(OORD-vah MOO-kah shvon-AHS-anna)

urdhva mukha = face upward (urdhva = upward
mukha = face)
svana = dog

Cobra Pose Bhujangasana

(boo-jang-GAHS-anna)

bhujanga = serpent

Wide-Legged Forward Bend

Prasarita Padottanasana

(pra-sa-REE-tah pah-doh-tahn-AHS-anna)

prasarita = expanded, spread, with outstretched limbs
pada = foot
ut = intense
tan = to stretch or extend


(variations)
Chair Pose

(or Awkward Pose)

Utkatasana

(OOT-kah-TAHS-anna)

utkata = powerful, fierce

Standing Forward Bend Uttanasana

(OOT-tan-AHS-ahna)

ut = intense
tan = to stretch or extend

Camel Pose Ustrasana

(oosh-TRAHS-anna)

ustra = camel

Head to Knee Pose Janu Sirsasaana

(JAH-new shear-SHAHS-anna)

janu = knee
sirsa = head

Garland Pose

Malasana

(mah-LAHS-anna)

mala = bead, circle

Tree Pose Vrksasana

(vrik-SHAHS-anna)

vrksa = tree

Lord of the Dance Pose

(or Dancer)

Natarajasana

(not-ah-raj-AHS-anna)

nata = dancer
raja = king

Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose Utthita Hasta Padangustasana

utthita = extended
pada = foot

Extended Triangle Pose Utthita Trikonasana

(oo-TEE-tah trik-cone-AHS-anna)

utthita = extended
trikona = three angle or triangle

Warrior I Pose Virabhadrasana I

(veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna)

Virabhadra = the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva.

Warrior II Pose Virabhadrasana II

(veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna)

Virabhadra = the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva.

Reverse Warrior

(or Peaceful Warrior)

Side Plank Pose Vasisthasana

(vah-sish-TAHS-anna)

Revolved Side Angle Pose

(or Runner's Lunge with a Twist)

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

(par-ee-vrt-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna)

parivrtta = to turn around, revolve
parsva = side, flank
kona = angle

Extended Side Angle Pose

(or Warrior Angle)

Utthita Parsvakonasana

(oot-TEE-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-ana)

utthita = extended
parsva = side
kona = angle

Supported
Headstand
Salamba Sirsasana

(sah-LOM-bah shear-SHAHS-anna)

sa = with
alamba = support
sirsa = head

Horse Pose

(or Big Mountain Pose)

Vatayanasana

(va-tah-yah-NAH-sana)

Boat Pose Navasana

(nah nah-VAHS-anna)

nava = boat

Upward Bow

(or Wheel Pose)

Urdhva Dhanurasana

(OORD-vah don-your-AHS-anna)

urdhva = upward
dhanu = bow

(variation)

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

(or Seated Spinal Twist)

Ardha Matsyendrasana

(ARE-dah MOT-see-en-DRAHS-anna)

ardha = half
Matsyendra = king of the fish (matsya = fish
indra = ruler), a legendary teacher of yoga

Crane Pose Bakasana

(bahk-AHS-anna)

baka = crane

Supported Shoulder Stand Salamba Sarvangasana

(sah-LOM-bah sar-van-GAHS-anna)

salamba = with support sarva = all
anga = limb.

Bridge Pose Setubandasana

(SET-too BAHN-dah)


setu = dam, dike, or bridge
bandha = lock


Eagle Pose Garudasana

(gah-rue-DAHS-anna)

Garuda = the mythic "king of the birds"

Plow Pose Halasana

(hah-LAHS-anna)

hala = plow

Half Lotus Pose Ardha Padmasana

(are-dah pod-MAHS-anna)

ardha = half
padma = lotus

Bound Angle Pose Baddha Konasana

(BAH-dah cone-AHS-anna)

baddha = bound
kona = angle

(variation)

Hero's Pose Virasana

(Veer-AHS-anna)

Vira = man, hero, brave

Legs-Up-The-Wall Pose Viparita Karani

(vip-par-ee-tah car-AHN-ee)

viparita = turned around, reversed, inverted
karani = doing, making, action

Bow Pose

 

Dhanurasana

(don-your-AHS-anna)
dhanu = bow

 

Wind-Relieving Pose

 

Pavanamuktasana

(pav-ana-muhkt-AHS-anna)
pavana = wind
mukta = release

 

Salutation Seal

(Namaste Hands)

Anjali Mudra

(ON-jol-ly MOO-drah)

anjali = a gesture of reverence, benediction, salutation (from anj, "to honor, celebrate")

mudra = seal (The gesture "seals" energy in the body and "seals" your relationship with the Divine.)

Reverse Namaste

 
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