The strong pose you see above is Deviasana, or Goddess Pose. This pose makes one feel strong and powerful as the deep squat can really get the thighs and buttocks burning. At the same time, this is a delicate pose as the arms are held up and hands are holding the soft Gyana mudra, which is thought to increase concentration and creativity.
The goddess Devi is one of the major goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. She embodies all forms of the mother. These forms are Lakshmi, Durga and Kali. As a destroyer of demonic forces and protector of villages she definitely has a ‘tough’ side. On the other hand, she has a ‘gentle’ side; she is a fertility spirit and a gracious benefactor of wealth and success.
Feel free to check out my other blog posts on Ganesha, Hanuman and Lalitha who represent the Hindu pantheon and have Yoga poses in their honour.