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Traditional Practice Series

Supta Urdhva Pada Vajrasana

सुप्त ऊर्ध्व पाद वज्रासन

Supta Ūrdhva Pāda Vajrāsana

Gomukhasana [A] [thumb mini] Gomukhasana [B] [thumb mini] Way In [thumb mini] Way In [thumb mini] Supta Urdhva Pada Vajrasana [thumb mini solar] Mukta Hasta Shirshasana [A] [thumb mini] Mukta Hasta Shirshasana [B] [thumb mini] Mukta Hasta Shirshasana ["] [thumb mini] Baddha Hasta Shirshasana [A] [thumb mini] Baddha Hasta Shirshasana [B] [thumb mini]
Supta Urdhva Pada Vajrasana

Supta (सुप्त, Supta) = lying sleeping
Urdhva (ऊर्ध्व, Ūrdhva) = facing up, upward
Pada (पाद, Pāda) = Foot, Leg
Asana (आसन, Āsana) = Pose, Posture, Seat
Vajra (वज्र, Vajra) = Thunderbolt (weapon of god Indra)
Supta Urdhva Pada Vajrasana (सुप्त ऊर्ध्व पाद वज्रासन, Supta Ūrdhva Pāda Vajrāsana) = Sleeping-Upward-Lifting-Leg-Thunderbolt

Vinyāsa breath Dr̥ṣṭi explanation of movement
1 IN añguṣṭhamadhye raise arms overhead
2 EX nāsāgre spread fingers, hinging at the hip fold forward, hands to ground Uttanasana (उत्तानासन, Uttānāsana)
3 IN bhrūmadhye come half-way up with straight spine, lift head
4 EX nāsāgre hands down, float back, ellbows close to chest Chaturanga Dandasana (चतुराङ्ग दण्डासन, Caturāṅga Daṇḍāsana)
5 IN bhrūmadhye roll on tops of feet, open the chest, straighten arms, Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana (ऊर्ध्व मुख श्वानासन, Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana)
6 EX nābicakre tuck toes, push back, lift hips, straight arms Adho Mukha Shvanasana (अधो मुख श्वानासन, Adho Mukha Śvānāsana)
7 IN nāsāgre jump forward balancing on straight arms, bend legs in the air
(EX) swing through, lie down
8 IN lift both legs
(EX) nāsāgre right foot in lotus-position, take right hand behind your back, grab the right foot, left hand grabs the left big toe, left foot on the floor, left leg straight
9 IN ūrdhvadr̥ṣṭi roll up, balance on your buttocks briefly
(EX) nāsāgre bend left leg, roll, place left foot next to the left hip
(IN) bring left hand under right knee, turn to the right
5BR pārśvadr̥ṣṭi Supta Urdhva Pada Vajrasana (सुप्त ऊर्ध्व पाद वज्रासन, Supta Ūrdhva Pāda Vajrāsana)
(EX) nāsāgre turn back to the centre, place hands on the floor
10 IN nāsāgre lift up balancing on straight arms, bend legs in the air
11 EX nāsāgre lower down slowly, elbows close to the body, Chaturanga Dandasana (चतुराङ्ग दण्डासन, Caturāṅga Daṇḍāsana)
12 IN bhrūmadhye roll on tops of feet, open the chest, straighten arms, Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana (ऊर्ध्व मुख श्वानासन, Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana)
13 EX nābicakre tuck toes, push back, lift hips, straight arms, Adho Mukha Shvanasana (अधो मुख श्वानासन, Adho Mukha Śvānāsana)
14 IN nāsāgre jump forward balancing on straight arms, bend legs in the air
(EX) swing through, lie down
15 IN lift both legs
(EX) nāsāgre left foot in lotus-position, take left hand behind your back, grab the left foot, left hand grabs the left big toe, right foot on the floor, right leg straight
16 IN ūrdhvadr̥ṣṭi roll up, balance on your buttocks
(EX) nāsāgre bend right leg, roll, place right foot next to the right hip
(IN) bring right hand under the left knee, turn to the left
5BR pārśvadr̥ṣṭi Supta Urdhva Pada Vajrasana (सुप्त ऊर्ध्व पाद वज्रासन, Supta Ūrdhva Pāda Vajrāsana)
(EX) nāsāgre turn back to the centre, place hands on the floor
17 IN nāsāgre lift up balancing on straight arms, bend legs in the air
18 EX nāsāgre lower down slowly, elbows close to the body, Chaturanga Dandasana (चतुराङ्ग दण्डासन, Caturāṅga Daṇḍāsana)
19 IN bhrūmadhye roll on tops of feet, open the chest, straighten arms, Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana (ऊर्ध्व मुख श्वानासन, Ūrdhva Mukha Śvānāsana)
20 EX nābicakre tuck toes, push back, lift hips, straight arms, Adho Mukha Shvanasana (अधो मुख श्वानासन, Adho Mukha Śvānāsana)
21 IN bhrūmadhye jump feet between hands, straighten the spine half way up, lift your head,
22 EX nāsāgre bring chest all the way in, Uttanasana (उत्तानासन, Uttānāsana)
- IN bhrūmadhye lift the head again, straighten spine, palms or finger tips remain on the ground
EX nāsāgre stand all the way up, arms on sides, Samasthitih (समस्थितिः, Samasthitiḥ)

legend for the Vinyāsa table:

  • The grey part of the table is performed in Aṣṭāṅga-Yoga practice.
  • Yellow marked is the position depicted on the photo.
  • Vinyāsa:1 = ekam; 2 = dve; 3 = trīṇi; 4 = catvāri; 5 = pañca; 6 = ṣaṭ; 7 = sapta; 8 = aṣṭau; 9 = nava; 10 = daśa; 11 = ekādaśa; 12 = dvādaśa; 13 = trayodaśa; 14 = caturdaśa; 15 = pañcadaśa; 16 = ṣoḍaśa; 17 = saptadaśa; 18 = aṣṭadaśa; 19 = ekonavimśatiḥ; 20 = vimśatiḥ; 21 = ekāvimśatiḥ; 22 = dvāvimśatiḥ; 23 = trayovimśatiḥ; 24 = caturvimśatiḥ; 25 = pañcavimśatiḥ; 26 = ṣoḍavimśatiḥ; 27 = saptavimśatiḥ; 28 = aṣṭovimśatiḥ
  • breath: IN = Inhalation; EX = exhalation; 5BR = five breaths
  • Dr̥ṣṭi: nāsāgre = to the nose; añguṣṭhamadhye = to the middle of the thumb; bhrūmadhye = in the middle of the eye brows; nābicakre = to the navel; ūrdhvadr̥ṣṭi = upwards; hastāgre = to the tip of the hand; pādayoragre = to the tip of the foot; pārśvadr̥ṣṭi = sidewards
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