Parighasana (Gate Pose) – Overview

Lesson Overview

  • Features: Parighasana (Gate Pose) including the different Iyengar and Ashtanga variations
  • Objective: Become knowledgeable about the pose and review detailed teaching considerations.
  • Description: Explain the Sanskrit naming; associated benefits and typical effects; instructions and cues for setting up and practicing the pose; and more teaching considerations.



“parigha” = gate, crossbar, bar or beam for shutting gate

Gate Pose

Heart of Poses

Lateral Bend

Naming & Differentiation

  • In Iyengar and many Hatha Yoga styles, Parighasana refers to the pose shown here from the knees.
  • In Ashtanga Yoga, Parighasana refers to the pose shown here from a seat.

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