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Parīghāsana (Sanskrit: परिघासना ) or Gate Pose is a standing asana in hatha yoga.


The name of the pose is from the Sanskrit परिघ (parigha) meaning "gate" or "crossbar", and आस (asana), meaning "seat" or "pose".[1]


The pose is entered from an upright kneeling position. One leg is stretched straight out to the side, the arms are stretched out sideways, and the body is extended to the side of the outstretched leg until the arm lies along the leg. The other arm may be stretched up alongside the head, and the hand may eventually lie on top of the other hand and foot.[2][1][3][4]


  1. ^ a b Mehta 1990, p. 48.
  2. ^ Iyengar 1979, pp. 85–87.
  3. ^ YJ Editors (28 August 2007). "Gate Pose". Yoga Journal.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Herring, Barbara Kaplan (28 August 2007). "Taking Sides: Gate Pose". Yoga Journal.