Pose names

At least for a while I’m going to include both Sanskrit and English names for poses. I hope nobody thinks it’s showoffy of me to do it. As an Iyengar student, I have become accustomed to the Sanskrit names, but I realize not everyone knows them. (An added complication is that not all yoga traditions use the same names for poses. I’m always surprised to see photos of half moon pose where the person is standing on both feet with arms overhead, bending over to one side.)

If there’s complaining, I’ll change the way I do it.

For a very useful and amazing list of all the asanas, with both English and Sanskrit names in Light on Yoga, by B.K.S. Iyengar, look at this document put together by Jill Krebs of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Center of Lawrence.

And one other nitpicky note: I am never quite sure what the convention is for capitalization of asana names. So I’m going for caps with Sanskrit and lower case for English. This is somewhat arbitrary. As a former editor and proofreader, I am caps-avoidant, but I see the asanas in caps pretty much everywhere.