Help! How to learn the Asana’s names in Sanskrit?!

RYT-200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher. Erica started practicing yoga daily to bring herself flexibility, strength and balance. She enjoys doing yoga on the mat in the room, in nature and at the sea side. Erica brings yoga from the mat to everyday life and it helps her to be balanced, non judgmental and to learn new things. She likes learning and challenges, and encourages students to challenge themselves, learn new asanas, practice and enjoy every minute of yoga.

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When I understood a couple of weeks ago that I could not anymore avoid to learn the names of some Asanas in Sanskrit, I first thought I could manage to learn them “just by heart” (what is called in French, for those who understand it, “un bourrage de crâne”, not sure about the translation, maybe something like ” ballyhoo “?). But after a few attempts I had to surrender and accept that I wouldn’t learn anything without understanding. Because of (or thanks to) the way I was educated… So I started searching for some good Sanskrit translations database. How fast you find THE appropriate information on the web is I believe a mix of method and… luck!

Maybe some of you are not happy yet with what they got. So I will be satisfied / content (neither happy nor sad, just because sharing is important to ME and makes ME grow… Ouch!) if this could help you out in the difficult task of memorising the Asanas’ name in Sanskrit.

By the way, I am still in the process of learning. Unfortunately, I found no magical way to memorising them all in a short moment…

Source: You will find more information on the article, called “Sanskrit Made Simple – a study of asana names” written by Marie Roulleau & Gwynneth Powell. Many thanks to them!!!!

I just added a few words. Hope it’s correct. As always on the Web, there is no guarantee…

Dictionary of most common Sanskrit words in yoga


1. Pada: foot/ leg

2. Hasta: hand

3. Anguli: fingers

4. Anghusta: big toe

5. Janu: knee

6. Sirsa: head

7. Mukha: face

8. Karna: ear

9. Jattara: stomach

10. Anga: limb

11. Bhuja: arm

12. Sarvanga: whole body

13. Sava: corpse

14. Prana: breath/ lifeforce

15. Paschima: west direction (back side of body)

16. Purva: east direction (front side of body)


1. Svana: dog

2. Bheka: frog

3. Baka: …read more


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