Yoga Poses Expressed Through Everyday Objects
Table top or Table Pose is a restorative posture and easy for beginners. It can help relax the spine and open the chest to help the practitioner breathe more deeply.
In this asana, the practitioner kneels on all fours. The knees are aligned under the hips, and the hands under the shoulders. The back stays flat, with the head and neck aligned with the spine.
Table pose is called bharmanasana in Sanskrit.
Visual via Sophie Buhai
Chair pose is a standing yoga posture that strengthens the core and lower body. In this pose, the arms extend upward alongside the ears, while the knees bend as if sitting on an imaginary chair.
This is an important pose in yoga for energizing the entire body and promoting creativity and mental strength.
Chair pose is also known as fierce pose or powerful pose. The Sanskrit name for this asana is Utkatasana.
Visual via Gallery Fumi of Max Lamb’s Pastel Poly Chair.
Fish pose is a supine backbend that greatly benefits the spine, opens the chest and helps erase the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle.
To enter this pose, the practitioner lies flat on the back with the hands underneath the buttocks. The body is supported on the backs of the legs and the forearms while the back arches and the chest is lifted toward the sky/ceiling. The back or crown of the head will lean back to touch the floor, but should not bear any weight.
This can be a challenging posture for beginners, due to the need for flexibility in the back. It is often used as a counterpose that follows shoulder stand pose and counteracts its forward bending of the neck and spine.
Fish pose may also be referred to by its Sanskrit name, Matsyasana.