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- chah-tur-ANGH-uh dun-DAHS-uh-nuh
- “chartur” = four
- “anga” = limb
- “danda” = staff
- Four-Limbed Staff Pose
- Also known as: Low Pushup
- “ashtanga” = Eight Limbs
- “namaskara” = Salutation
- Eight-Limbed Salute
- Also known as: Knees-Chest-Chin, Eight Point Pose and Salute with Eight Limbs
Heart of Poses
- Core & Full Body Strengtheners
- These poses serve as preparation for arm balances, inversions and backbends.
- Ashtanga Namaskara is a backbend but included here for its role in Classical Sun Salutes and as a potential alternative for Chaturanga Dandasana in Surya Namaskar.
- The “eight limbs” of Ashtanga Namskara refer to the parts of the body that touch the ground in the pose: chin, chest, both hands, both knees, and both sets of toes.
- See Core Strengthening Exercises for Plank Curl and more.