July 1, 2020 ·

Your Spanish-English Language Guide to Popular Yoga Positions and Vocabularies

Yoga Positions in English and Español



Spanish – English Guide on Vocabularies Commonly Used in Yoga

We never miss a beat in learning Spanish by immersion in Buenos Aires, but sometimes it’s not as simple as picking up the dictionary to figure out how to say something or what a specific term is. This applies exactly to my experience in attending yoga classes in the city. Not all yoga studios in Buenos Aires offer classes in English and Spanish (although Vamos Yoga Academy does! You could for sure slowly learn and pick up all the names, but it is very hard to pay attention to new words when you are already focusing on your body and working on the breathing. Therefore, we have put together a list of common terms and vocabularies you’ll most likely encounter at a yoga session. This list will help you familiarise yourself before you’re in your down dog!

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Yoga Positions in Spanish and English

yoga-spanish-vocab-downward-dog Adho Mukha Svanasana
Downward facing dog (“down dog”)
Perro hacia abajo
yoga-spanish-vocab-corpse-pose Savasana
Corpse Pose
Postura del Cadáver
Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
Bridge Pose
Postura del Puente
Cat Pose (1) 
Postura del GatoBitilasana
Cow Pose (2)
Postura de la Vaca
Chair Pose
Postura de la Silla
Child’s Pose
Postura del Niño
Cobra Pose
Postura de la Cobra
Crescent Lunge
Postura de la Luna Creciente
Eagle Pose
Postura del Águila
Utthita Parsvakonasana
Extended Side Angle Pose
Triángulo extendido (in English, extended triangle)
Garland Pose
Postura de las Cuclillas (in English, cuckoos pose) o Postura de la Guirnalda
Ananda Balasana
Happy Baby Pose
Postura del Bebé Feliz
Ardha Matsyendrāsana
Half Spinal Twist
Media Torsión Sentada (In English, Seated half twist)
Locust Pose
Postura de la Langosta* o postura del Saltamontes** (*Langosta means locust but also lobster. Saltamontes** means grasshopper)
Plank Pose
Postura de la Tabla
Mountain Pose
Postura de la Montaña
Supta Baddha Konasana
Reclining Butterfly Pose
Postura del Zapatero* o Postura de la Diosa** reclinada (*Zapatero means shoemaker but it is referring to the waterstrider / pondskater insect. **Diosa reclinada means reclining goddess)
Ardha Uttanasana
Half Lift / Flat back
Media Pinza (In English Media means half and pinza most commonly means clothespin)
Forward Fold
La pinza de pie (In English, foot pin)
Tree Pose
Postura del Árbol
Virabhadrasana I
Warrior 1
Postura del Guerrero 1
Virabhadrasana II
Warrior 2
Postura del Guerrero 2
Prasarita Padottanasana
Wide-Legged Forward Bend
Pinza de pie separada (Separated foot pin)


List of Commonly Used Yoga Vocabularies

  • Babybebé
  • Bridgepuente
  • Catgato
  • Chair silla
  • Childniño
  • Clothespin (peg UK) pinza
  • Corpsecadáver
  • Cowvaca
  • Crescent Moon –  luna creciente
  • Cuckooscuclilla*
    *Cuclilla also means squat
  • DownAbajo
  • DogPerro
  • Eagleáguila
  • Extended extendido
  • Goddessdiosa
  • Grasshopper –  saltamontes
  • Haciafacing / towards
  • Halfmedia
  • Happyfeliz
  • Locustlangosta
  • Lungearremetida, embestida
  • Mountainmontaña
  • Planktabla
  • Posturaposition
  • Recliningreclinada
  • Treeárbol
  • Triangle triángulo
  • Twisttorsión
  • Seatedsentada
  • Separatedseparada
  • Shoemaker OR  waterstrider/
    pond-skater insect 
    –  zapatero
  • Sidelado
  • Spineespina
  • Warriorguerrero


Get to Know the Body Parts in Spanish


  • Head –  La cabeza
  • FaceLa cara
  • EyeEl ojo
  • NoseLa nariz
  • MouthLa boca
  • LipEl labio
  • NeckEl cuello
  • ChestEl pecho
  • BackLa espalda
  • SpineLa columna
  • StomachEl estómago
  • Abs – Abdominales
  • ArmEl brazo
  • ShoulderEl hombro
  • ElbowEl codo
  • WristLa muñeca
  • HandLa mano
  • FingerEl dedo
  • NailLa uña
  • LegLa pierna
  • HipLa cadera
  • ThighEl muslo
  • KneeLa rodilla
  • CalfEl gemelo
  • AnkleEl tobillo
  • FootEl pie


Spanish Verbs You May Hear While Practicing Yoga

  • Ponerse en cuclillasto squat
  • Hacer flexión(es)to do push-up(s)
  • Saltarto jump
  • Estirarto stretch
  • Tocarto touch
  • Relajarse / Aflojarseto relax / to loosen
  • Respirarto breath
  • Inhalar to inhale
  • Exhalar –  to exhale
  • Apoyar to support
  • Acostarse to lie down
  • Flexionarto flex
  • Plantarto plant
  • Sentarseto sit
  • Girar–  to twist

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