Definition - What does Supta mean?

Supta, a Sanskrit word meaning "reclining" or "reclined," is used in the names of certain yoga poses that involve reclining while in the pose. Examples of yoga poses that include this word in their name include supta virasana (reclining hero pose), supta vajrasana (reclined thunderbolt pose), supta matsyendrasana (reclined spinal twist pose) and supta padangusthasana (reclining big toe pose).

Yogapedia explains Supta

Supta vajrasana is a variation of vajrasana and is an excellent pose for improving flexibility.

Supta matsyendrasana, a variation of the seated pose, matsyendrasana, is performed lying down on the mat. Unlike matsyendrasana, supta matsyendrasana is easy to perform and is also effective in relieving physical stress.

Supta padangusthasana is a variation of padangusthasana, a standing yoga pose. Supta padangusthasana is performed lying down on the mat and helps stretch the legs and hips.

Supta baddha konasana, a preparatory pose, is a variation of baddha konasana. Simple to perform, the pose is effective in preparing the body for certain yoga poses including seated and standing poses.

Other poses with supta in their names include supta kurmasana, supta kapotasana and supta paschimottanasana.

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