How well do you know the asanas?

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    Feb 03, 2012 11:22 AM GMT
    YIKES!!!

    I'm going to a Yoga class in another city with a freind and I'm embarassed to admit that although I probably can do most things - I've never really learned the traditional names for the asanas - so I'm kinda worried I'll look like a noob - anyone got a good video resource?

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    Feb 03, 2012 12:12 PM GMT
    If you can't find the answer on 'The Google', maybe ask SFYogi on here. THAT guy makes silly putty look brittle...he might know. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 03, 2012 1:08 PM GMT
    I dont know them at all.. though I studied Hinduism, Ayurveda, Classical Indian Music, Dance and Nada Yoga (Sound Yoga), I actually should *shrug*.. you cant expect to know one without all the others...
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    Feb 03, 2012 2:37 PM GMT
    What exactly are you looking for? A place where you can memorize the traditional sanskrit name for asana? Even though I know several resources for this, why go through all the trouble just for one yoga class? If you "can do most things," then you're probably familiar enough to take a yoga class anywhere without looking like a "noob." Besides, few teachers these days use the Sanskrit moniker. You'll be fine.
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    Feb 03, 2012 3:17 PM GMT
    what if they just say "triang mukha eka pada paschimottanasana" and expect you to do it!? OMG OMG
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    Feb 03, 2012 3:37 PM GMT
    Lostboy saidwhat if they just say "triang mukha eka pada paschimottanasana" and expect you to do it!? OMG OMG


    Only if he takes an Ashtanga class would that happen
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    Feb 03, 2012 4:01 PM GMT
    SFYogi said
    Lostboy saidwhat if they just say "triang mukha eka pada paschimottanasana" and expect you to do it!? OMG OMG


    Only if he takes an Ashtanga class would that happen


    Arent those like the names of the positions of the body in Sanskrit? It says there "face this direction, one foot there"-asana
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    Feb 03, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    Being of Indian origin & having lived in India (for 8 years), I don't know the names. Why would anyone expect you to know?
  • LJay

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    Feb 03, 2012 5:28 PM GMT
    Well we had dinner with them the other evening and they seemed quite pleasant, but we really do not know them that well.
  • SkyMiles

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    Feb 03, 2012 5:53 PM GMT
    You mean in addition to having to BEND that way and hold all those positions, there's a VERBAL test too!!! ACK!

    LOL, SFYogi's profile pic is one of my favorites. I almost want to ask if he's in that position on purpose! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 03, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    This thread caught my eyes.. huhu anyways

    Asanas is all bout body posture in Yoga lesson, knowing your type is important like pitta, vata....forgot. and there around 50 posture i believe names tooicon_eek.gif

    My favorite is the cobra pose I think which is naga asana. Do it after every end of my workout session.

    Important needs is your diet! when you're practicing it like full time for its effectiveness.

    PS . Why worry? like they gonna eat you, chill! be a kid and ask you'll learn better!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 03, 2012 6:31 PM GMT
    SFYogi said
    Lostboy saidwhat if they just say "triang mukha eka pada paschimottanasana" and expect you to do it!? OMG OMG


    Only if he takes an Ashtanga class would that happen


    Lies! I have had it in non astanga classes. So there icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 03, 2012 7:30 PM GMT
    My teacher uses the asana names and he knows them all. However, he never expected me to know them up front. Yoga is not like that, so relax. If you want to learn them the best way to do so is by looking at and reading the name out loud as you practice them. You can find them all on YouTube through several sources.
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    Feb 03, 2012 8:11 PM GMT
    har19 saidThis thread caught my eyes.. huhu anyways

    Asanas is all bout body posture in Yoga lesson, knowing your type is important like pitta, vata....forgot. and there around 50 posture i believe names tooicon_eek.gif

    My favorite is the cobra pose I think which is naga asana. Do it after every end of my workout session.

    Important needs is your diet! when you're practicing it like full time for its effectiveness.

    PS . Why worry? like they gonna eat you, chill! be a kid and ask you'll learn better!icon_biggrin.gif


    Cobra is Bhujangasana and there are over 300 poses in Iyengar's Light on Yoga alone (not to mention the Jivamukti Syllabus, Anusara Syllabus, etc.).
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    Feb 03, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    SFYogi said...Besides, few teachers these days use the Sanskrit moniker...


    Unfortunately not true for the DC area :/

    I've got my 200 RYT, but there are still names that leave me with the 'wait, what?' look so I just have to wait and see what the people are doing around me before I can move. Haha
  • guyindc78

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    Feb 04, 2012 12:17 AM GMT
    Yoga Journal has a few listings:

    http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/finder/browse_index

    I would just copy what the teacher or the person next to you is doing.
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    Feb 04, 2012 7:37 PM GMT
    SFYogi said
    har19 saidThis thread caught my eyes.. huhu anyways

    Asanas is all bout body posture in Yoga lesson, knowing your type is important like pitta, vata....forgot. and there around 50 posture i believe names tooicon_eek.gif

    My favorite is the cobra pose I think which is naga asana. Do it after every end of my workout session.

    Important needs is your diet! when you're practicing it like full time for its effectiveness.

    PS . Why worry? like they gonna eat you, chill! be a kid and ask you'll learn better!icon_biggrin.gif


    Cobra is Bhujangasana and there are over 300 poses in Iyengar's Light on Yoga alone (not to mention the Jivamukti Syllabus, Anusara Syllabus, etc.).



    icon_eek.gif Alright your're a real Yogi master.. i shall say Nameste!
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    Feb 05, 2012 9:31 AM GMT
    KC78 saidYoga Journal has a few listings:

    http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/finder/browse_index

    I would just copy what the teacher or the person next to you is doing.


    That is the obvious normal solution, but far too easy it seems.

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    Feb 06, 2012 12:52 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    KC78 saidYoga Journal has a few listings:

    http://www.yogajournal.com/poses/finder/browse_index

    I would just copy what the teacher or the person next to you is doing.


    That is the obvious normal solution, but far too easy it seems.



    Gee thanks..

    I guess it does sound easy - I dont mind doing that if I'm with a group where I know the person next to me is following the instructions ....

    I guess I could go with that and be in good company if I screwed up ;)
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    Feb 06, 2012 1:01 PM GMT
    SFYogi saidWhat exactly are you looking for? A place where you can memorize the traditional sanskrit name for asana? Even though I know several resources for this, why go through all the trouble just for one yoga class? If you "can do most things," then you're probably familiar enough to take a yoga class anywhere without looking like a "noob." Besides, few teachers these days use the Sanskrit moniker. You'll be fine.


    Thankyou icon_smile.gif

    True - its not just for one class though - I would like to think if I atteneded a class anywhere that eventually I could follow the instruction of the teacher - even in sanskrit.

    When I mention I can do *most* things, I meant that I can work through most poses into intermediate level stuff like plough without too much of a struggle - I would like to be able to close my eyes and focus internally and on my breath while doing so - without having to peek at what the other students are doing..

    Namaste
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    Jun 30, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    As it turned out, the class was a pretty standard practice, and the traditional names were used - however... ;)

    The beginning of the class was a pretty much a walk through of the sun salutation with a few variations- soo once I knew where we were starting, I was able to get into the groove and stay there...

    The classes I attend here were different to the ones I went to while on holiday - and aimed at a level of ability below what I experienced there - it was challenging and I felt exhausted and exhillarated when it was over.