Let's continue our series for yoga poses that are not commonly cued in Sanskrit!
Agnistambhasana or Fire Log Pose. Now this pose is often referred to in class as Double Pigeon but let's try the original Sanskrit: AG-nee-stahm-BAHS-uh-nuh. Agni is Sanskrit for the element of fire or the name of the god of fire. Agni is said to be present in the fire of the sun, in the stars, and the lightning. Build your fireplace and stack your logs - fire is the agent of sacrifice and transformation, and the sacred fire altar is a portal between the worlds. Fire log pose stretches & opens the hips and groins, stimulating the abdominal organs and calms the mind. Breathe & love!
Astavakrasana pronounced ahsh-tah-vah-krahs-ahna. The 8 angled pose dedicated to the sage Astavakra - cursed by his own father for correcting his mantra pronunciation before he was even born! Becoming bent in 8 places, he eventually became the teacher of King Janaka, the father of the goddess Sita. For the 8 angled pose use your core strength to enter and once you’re there, lightly hover over the earth. Love & breathe!
Hawaii Yoga Teacher Training, Maui
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