Category Archives: Abdominal Postures

Viparita Matsyasana

This is a reverse posture of Matsyasana, hence it is called Viparita Matsyasana. This is called Supta Padmasana also. Technique : Lie on the left side of the body. Place both legs in the position of Padmasana. Then lie on the chest and abdomen. Bend the neck to the back and put the chin on… Read More »


‘Makara’ means a Crocodile. In this asana, the body assumes the shape of a crocodile floating in water. So, this asana is called Makarasana. Technique : Lie on the ground face down, the chest touching the ground and both legs stretched out. Let the upper parts of the feet touch the ground. Keep the heels… Read More »


Dhanusha means a bow. The hands are used like a bowstring to pull the head, trunk and legs up and the posture resembles a bent bow. Therefore this asana is called Dhanurasana. This asana bends the spine backwards. It is a combination of Bhujangasana and Shalabhasana. If Bhujangasana, Shalabhasana and Dhanurasana are per¬formed together, they… Read More »


‘Bhujanga’ means a serpent. In the pose of Bhujangasana, one imitates a cobra reared up on its caudal support and the hood fully expanded. So this asana is called Bhujangasana. Technique : Lie on the floor with the face downwards. Relax all the muscles of the body. Place the palms on the ground underneath the… Read More »

Purna Shalabhasana

When Shalabhasana is practiced with both the legs raised together, it is called ‘Purna Shalabhasana’. There are two variations of this asana. Below both the variations are explained. First Variation (Technique) : Lie on the stomach with the forehead touching the ground. Stretch the arms beside the body. Keep the thumbs and the index fingers… Read More »

Ardha Shalabhasana

‘Shalabha’ is the Sanskrit word for locust. ‘Shalabh-asana’ is so called because, while performing it, the body assumes a posture which resembles a locust. When this asana is practised with one leg, it is called ‘Ardha Shalabhasana’. Technique : Lie on the stomach with the face down on the ground. Stretch both the arms beside… Read More »