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Pasasana (Sanskrit: पाशासन; IAST: pāśāsana) or Noose Pose is an asana.

Etymology and origins[edit]

The name comes from the Sanskrit word पाश, pāśa meaning "noose" or "snare",[1] and आसन, asana meaning "posture" or "seat".[2]

The pose is described and illustrated in the 19th century Sritattvanidhi; a slightly different pose is described in the 1966 Light on Yoga.[3]


In this yoga asana, the human body creates a 'noose' when the practitioner wraps their arms around their squatting legs with their hands clasped behind their back, while twisting to one side.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pashasana". Ashtanga Yoga. Archived from the original on 28 August 2012. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  2. ^ Sinha, S. C. (1996). Dictionary of Philosophy. Anmol Publications. p. 18. ISBN 978-81-7041-293-9.
  3. ^ Sjoman, Norman E. (1999) [1996]. The Yoga Tradition of the Mysore Palace. Abhinav Publications. pp. 76, plate 8 (pose 47). ISBN 81-7017-389-2.

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