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!

English French Spanish Italian Portuguese German
Anahatasana
(Heart Melting Pose)
Posture d’ouverture du coeur Postura del corazón Posizione della devozione Pose do coração Oeffnende Herzstellung
Ankle Stretch Étirement des chevilles Estiramiento del tobillo Stiramento delle caviglie Alongamento do tornozelo Fersensitz
Bananasana La banane ou Bananasana Postura del plátano
(Postura de la banana)
Posizione della banana Pose da banana Liegender Halbmond
Butterfly Le papillon Mariposa Farfalla Borboleta Schmetterling
Half butterfly
(Half Straddle)
Le demi papillon
(Demi selle)
Media mariposa Mezza Farfalla Meia Borboleta Halber Schmetterling
Camel Le Chameau Camello Cammello Camelo Kamel
Cat pulling its Tail Le chat qui attrape sa queue La cola de gato La coda del gatto Rabo de gato Liegende Katze
Caterpillar La chenille Oruga o Pinza Bruco o Pinza seduta Pose da Lagarta Raupe
Child’s Pose La posture de l’enfant Postura del niño Posizione del Bambino Pose do Bêbê Stellung des Kindes
Dangling Flexion avant suspendue
(Se laisser pendre)
(La Cloche)
Colgante o Colgar Piegamento in avanti Pêndulo Stehende Vorbeuge
Deer Le chevreuil
(Le cerf)
Venado o Ciervo Cervo Pose do veado
(Pose da Gazela)
Reh
Dragons Le dragon
Le dragon qui vole bas
Le dragon qui vole haut
Le dragon ailé et
Le dragon en torsion
et le Split
Dragones Posizione del drago Pose do Dragão Drache, Sprinterposition
Frog La grenouille Rana Rana Pose do Sapo Frosch
Happy Baby 
(Stirrups)
L’enfant heureux
(Bébé Krishna)
Bebé feliz Posizione del Bambino Felice Pose do Bêbê Feliz Glueckliches Baby
Reclining Twists La torsion latérale au sol Torsión o
Ra&oicute;ces torcidas
Torsioni da sdraiati Pose do tronco torcido Liegende Drehungen
Saddle La selle Montura Sella Pose da Sela Sattel
Shavasana Posture de relaxation finale Postura del muerto Posizione del cadavere Pose do morto Entspannte Rueckenlage
Shoelace Le lacet ou
Le lasso
El lazo Stringa Cadarço Schnuersenkel
Snail L’escargot Caracol Lumaca Caracol Schnecke
Sphinx and Seal Le sphinx et Le phoque La esfinge o La foca Sfinge e Foca Esfinge e Foca Kleine Kobra und
Grosse Kobra
Square Le carré
(La Coquille)
Cuadrado Quadrato Quadrado Quadrat
Squat Posture accroupie Flexión de piernas Posizione della ghirlanda Pose do Caipira Hocke
Straddle 
(Dragonfly)
La libellule Líbelula o Dragon volador Libellula o Il Drago volante Dragão voador Libelle
Swan
& Sleeping Swan
Le cygne et le cygne endormi Cisne y
Cisne dormido
Cigno e Cigno sdraiato Cisne e Cisne Dormindo Schwan und
Schlafender Schwan,
Taube
Toe Squat Étirements des orteils
(Ouverture des orteils)
Flexión de dedos Stiramento dei piedi Flexão dos dedos do pé Zehensitz
English Serbian
Anahatasana
(Heart Melting Pose)
Poza topljenja srca
Ankle Stretch Istezanje clanaka
Bananasana Poza Banane
Butterfly Leptir
Half butterfly
(Half Straddle)
Polu Leptir
Camel Kamila
Cat pulling its Tail Macka vuce svoj rep
Caterpillar Gusenica
Child’s Pose Poza Deteta
Dangling Viseca Poza (Visak)
Deer Jelen
Dragons Zmajevi
Frog Žaba
Happy Baby 
(Stirrups)
Srecna Beba
Reclining Twists Ležeci Okret
Saddle Sedlo
Shavasana Poza Mrtvaca
Shoelace Pertla
Snail Puž
Sphinx and Seal Sfinga & Foka
Square Kvadrat
Squat Cucanj
Straddle 
(Dragonfly)
Sedanje opkoracke
(Vilin Konjic)
Swan
& Sleeping Swan
Labud
& Uspavani Labud
Toe Squat Cucanj na palcevic