There are times when questions arise as to what the name of a particular pose should be in another language. This recently came up again, raised by a French speaking Yin Yoga teacher. I polled some other French-speaking teachers and the topic raised a more general point, “It would be very nice if we (the Yin community) define standard names for the yin poses in different languages. I would be ok on changing the names we are using at our association if we agree about the standards … maybe a little chart with the Yin Yoga poses in different languages on YinYoga.com?”

This seems like a good idea, so below find a table where the list the names of the poses in English is in one column, and then in other columns the consensus view for the name of that posture in the stated language. This is just starting, so … feel free to add to this list and let’s hear what everyone thinks! We will edit the names as the consensus builds. It would be great to not have multiple names (the names in parentheses), so if you see multiple names, let us know which name you prefer…we will put the most preferred name on the top of the list and eventually phase out the others. To offer your preferred name for an asana or to vote for/against any other proposed name, please comment in the Forum under this topic: Names for Yin Yoga Poses in Other Languages?

Not all the languages fit on one table so look below for more languages!

EnglishFrenchSpanishItalianPortugueseGerman
Anahatasana
(Heart Melting Pose)
Posture d’ouverture du coeurPostura del corazónPosizione della devozionePose do coraçãoOeffnende Herzstellung
Ankle StretchÉtirement des chevillesEstiramiento del tobilloStiramento delle caviglieAlongamento do tornozeloFersensitz
BananasanaLa banane ou BananasanaPostura del plátano
(Postura de la banana)
Posizione della bananaPose da bananaLiegender Halbmond
ButterflyLe papillonMariposaFarfallaBorboletaSchmetterling
Half butterfly
(Half Straddle)
Le demi papillon
(Demi selle)
Media mariposaMezza FarfallaMeia BorboletaHalber Schmetterling
CamelLe ChameauCamelloCammelloCameloKamel
Cat pulling its TailLe chat qui attrape sa queueLa cola de gatoLa coda del gattoRabo de gatoLiegende Katze
CaterpillarLa chenilleOruga o PinzaBruco o Pinza sedutaPose da LagartaRaupe
Child’s PoseLa posture de l’enfantPostura del niñoPosizione del BambinoPose do BêbêStellung des Kindes
DanglingFlexion avant suspendue
(Se laisser pendre)
(La Cloche)
Colgante o ColgarPiegamento in avantiPênduloStehende Vorbeuge
DeerLe chevreuil
(Le cerf)
Venado o CiervoCervoPose do veado
(Pose da Gazela)
Reh
DragonsLe dragon
Le dragon qui vole bas
Le dragon qui vole haut
Le dragon ailé et
Le dragon en torsion
et le Split
DragonesPosizione del dragoPose do DragãoDrache, Sprinterposition
FrogLa grenouilleRanaRanaPose do SapoFrosch
Happy Baby 
(Stirrups)
L’enfant heureux
(Bébé Krishna)
Bebé felizPosizione del Bambino FelicePose do Bêbê FelizGlueckliches Baby
Reclining TwistsLa torsion latérale au solTorsión o
Raices torcidas
Torsioni da sdraiatiPose do tronco torcidoLiegende Drehungen
SaddleLa selleMonturaSellaPose da SelaSattel
ShavasanaPosture de relaxation finalePostura del muertoPosizione del cadaverePose do mortoEntspannte Rueckenlage
ShoelaceLe lacet ou
Le lasso
El lazoStringaCadarçoSchnuersenkel
SnailL’escargotCaracolLumacaCaracolSchnecke
Sphinx and SealLe sphinx et Le phoqueLa esfinge o La focaSfinge e FocaEsfinge e FocaKleine Kobra und
Grosse Kobra
SquareLe carré
(La Coquille)
CuadradoQuadratoQuadradoQuadrat
SquatPosture accroupieFlexión de piernasPosizione della ghirlandaPose do CaipiraHocke
Straddle 
(Dragonfly)
La libelluleLíbelula o Dragon voladorLibellula o Il Drago volanteDragão voadorLibelle
Swan
& Sleeping Swan
Le cygne et le cygne endormiCisne y
Cisne dormido
Cigno e Cigno sdraiatoCisne e Cisne DormindoSchwan und
Schlafender Schwan,
Taube
Toe SquatÉtirements des orteils
(Ouverture des orteils)
Flexión de dedosStiramento dei piediFlexão dos dedos do péZehensitz
EnglishSerbianTurkish
Anahatasana
(Heart Melting Pose)
Poza topljenja srca

Köpek Yavrusu Pozu

Eriyen Kalp

Ankle StretchIstezanje clanaka

Ayak Bileği Pozu

Ayak Bileğini Esnetme

BananasanaPoza BananeMuz Pozu
ButterflyLeptirKelebek
Half butterfly
(Half Straddle)
Polu LeptirYarım Kelebek
CamelKamilaDeve
Cat pulling its TailMacka vuce svoj rep

Kedi Kuyruğu

Kuyruğunu çeken pedi

CaterpillarGusenicaTırtıl
Child’s PosePoza DetetaÇocuk Pozu
DanglingViseca Poza (Visak)

Sarkaç

Duvardan Sarkma

DeerJelenGeyik
DragonsZmajevi

Ejderha

Ejderhalar

FrogŽabaKurbağa
Happy Baby 
(Stirrups)
Srecna BebaMutlu Bebek
Reclining TwistsLežeci Okret

Yatarak Bükülme

Sirt Ustu burnu

SaddleSedloEyer
ShavasanaPoza MrtvacaCeset Pozu
ShoelacePertlaBağcık
SnailPužSalyangoz
Sphinx and SealSfinga & FokaSfenks ve Folk
SquareKvadratKare Pozu
SquatCucanj

Çömelme Pozu

Çökme

Straddle 
(Dragonfly)
Sedanje opkoracke
(Vilin Konjic)

Helikopter Böceği

Yusufçuk

Swan
& Sleeping Swan
Labud
& Uspavani Labud
Kuğu ve Uyuyan Kuğu
Toe SquatCucanj na palcevic

Parmak Ucunda Çömelme

Parmak Ucunda Çökme