Definition - What does Pasasana mean?

Pasasana is a posture in which the body is twisted and the arms are bound around the squatting legs. The name comes from the Sanskrit pasa, meaning “noose,” “tie” or “snare,” and asana, which means "pose" or “posture." It is so called because of the way the arms form a bound loop around the legs.

The Western name for pasasana is noose pose.

Yogapedia explains Pasasana

Pasasana is said to be a powerful posture for cultivating energetic as well as physical balance on a number of levels:

  • Physically: One needs to find strength and stability in the foundation of the feet for the squat and twist.
  • Mentally: It teaches equanimity and mental balance as one is learning this challenging posture.
  • Energetically: One finds the balance between the sensations of being grounded and lifted, practicing with both effort and ease.

Pasasana challenges students because, although it looks simple, it is deceptively deep. It challenges one's understanding of what the body should be able to do. It is associated with stimulating the manipura chakra, which is associated with our emotions and sense of self. This asana also forms part of the intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga.

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