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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Dialogue Dissection.

Maybe I am a little slow and lack an attention to detail... But I just realized something while studying the Sanskrit names. Something that has made learning the Sanskrit names of each pose much easier (even though I am told we don't need to know them)...

Here is what I have just realized:
  • Ardha means "half."
  • Dandayamana means "standing."
  • Janushirasana means "head to knee."
  • Hasthasana means "hands to feet."
  • Bibhaktapada means "separate leg."
  • Paschimotthanasana means "stretching."
This realization helped me finally remember which pose is "Standing Separate Leg Stretching" pose and which is "Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee" pose.

All I can say to myself is "duh." Took me long enough to realize this.


  1. LOL. Now break it down again. What's "pada"? What's "hasta"? What's "bibhakta" and why the HELL is it spelled that way?!

  2. THAT is stuff I WILL figure out. I am thinking that "pada" means feet or leg. Thinkings "hastha" means "hands. "Bibhakta" must mean "separate."

    Do you know? Am I even close?

  3. Yep, you've got it. :) Pada is feet, hasta is hands, as in "hands to feet pose" = padahastasana. If you ever see the full list of 84 asanas with Sanskrit (plus look at other random yoga posture names), the patterns are a lot more obvious. Example, the name for split-arm balancing stick starts with "bibhaktahasta," = separate hand. Bingo...

  4. After a while it'll be... well... like a second language... :-P Hehe.

  5. well done girl, all i can say is "duh" too, LOL! there are two girls from my studio going to TT in fall and they still don´t get the standing separate head to knee and the standing separate stretching in sanskrit....mabye coz they are sooo long...although i tried to explain them the logic in it...(i´m a linguist and remembered the sanskrit names like 3 weeks into my practice so i´m not considered "normal" in this).
    anyway, do you have a favorite sounding one? i actually love the names in sanskrit, they are music to my ears, the way how they sound always remind me of something, like my fave: Tuladandasana. TuuulaDANDA-sana...Go on, say it out loud! Doesn´t it sound like a soft toy? like a winnie the poo? something you hold close at night when you are afraid in the dark....?
    it doesn´t sound like balancing stick to
    ok, i´m not normal, i know :)

    1. there is no "normal" we are all who we are! your uniqueness is something that I can relate to- a LOT! :)) you gave me a whole lotta inspiration in learning the sanskrit names and teaching its logic! thanx- just be, namaste! <3

  6. I love the Sanskrit names too... Which is why I have made it a priority to learn them. I want to be able to say them accurately and be able to explain what they mean.

  7. Oh I love that you made the connection. I haven't made any sort of connection myself, having entirely ignored the Sanskrit names up to this point. I'm having a difficult time as it is memorizing the extremely long dialogue for the postures in the standing series. Seriously... I never realized how dialogue intensive those postures are! Can't wait till I get to the floor series. I've been told there's much less to memorize.