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Handstand Yoga Sanskrit

Some people are interested in the Sanskrit term for the handstand in yoga. If that’s you then here is the answer.

Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Like its inverted cousins such as Forearm Balance and Headstand, a major obstacle to Handstand is a natural fear of falling. So the basic pose will be described with the heels supported against a wall. Make sure that there are no hanging pictures or other decorations on the wall directly above you.

(ah-doh moo-kah vriks-SHAHS-anna) adho mukha = face
downward (adho = downward; mukha = face)
vrksa = tree

From Yoga Journal

Personally I find the word handstand much easier to remember and pronounce then Adho Mukha Vrksasana so I’ll be sticking to that.

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