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Asana is one of the eight limbs of classical Yoga, which states that poses should be steady and comfortable, firm yet relaxed helping a practitioner to become more aware of their body, mind, and environment.
The 12 basic poses or Asanas are much more than just stretching. They open the energy channels, chakras and psychic centres of the body while increasing flexibility of the spine, strengthening bones and stimulating the circulatory and immune systems. Along with proper breathing or pranayama, Asana also calm the mind and reduce stress. With regular practice one can ensure overall physical and mental health and the possible prevention of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. In time, performing the poses slowly and consciously, becomes a mental exercise in concentration and meditation.
12 Basic Asanas Headstand (Sirshasana) Shoulderstand (Sarvangasana) Plough (Halasana) Fish (Matsyasana) Sitting Forward bend (Paschimothanasana) Cobra (Bhujangasana) Locust (Shalabhasana) Bow (Dhanurasana) Spinal twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana) Crow (Kakasana) Standing forward bend (Pada Hasthasana) Triangle (Trikonasana)
Asana can be defined as a physical Yoga posture or position that is designed to help master the body and enhance the body’s functions. Yoga poses are, in essence, Yoga exercises creating strength and endurance, improving circulation and energy flow, cleansing organs and other systems, and expanding muscles and joints. With all these benefits of the Yoga poses, we cannot lose attention to the original purpose of the Yoga pose or Yoga exercise. Yoga exercises evolved thousands of years ago from the need to create a healthy body in order to move more readily to the state of oneness and realization. When the body is cluttered with stress, tension, and disease, this clouds the mind and the ability to connect with the inner self. The physical freedom attained from the Yoga exercises increases one’s ability to sit with silence and joyful observation.
The practice of Hatha Yoga (Yoga exercises) can be easily moved into a state of Ego where one drives expectations and goals into the Yoga poses. Rather than connecting with in the Inner Self, the practice of Yoga exercises moves one deeper into the physical reality of disillusion. Western culture has easily turned Yoga exercises into another form of superficial workout routines and, rather than having a holistic connection, many people are moving to a place of obsession with the body and its’ achievements. Asana can be described as a physical state of the body such that the posture moves one into an existence of wholeness and steadiness allowing one to reflect inwards on the entire being. This state of steadiness involves no goals, no future, and no analyzing. just observing the how the physical self receives vitality and openness enabling the mind to explore clarity.
Categories of Yoga poses, Asanas
The Asanas can be classified or categorized in various ways, depending on the application of the Asanas, usefulness to various physical conditions, level of practice. Meditative Asanas – Some Asanas are specially for practice of meditation, they provide a firm support to the posture and help maintain the body posture for longer time. These yoga poses regulate the blood flow to the legs and make available more blood in the pelvic region and lower abdominal region. These positions allow the mind to be peaceful and focused. Yogasana like Padmasana (Lotus pose), Siddhasana (Perfect pose), Swastikasana (Auspicious pose) Vajrasan (thunderbolt pose), Samasana (balance pose) etc are called as meditative Asanas. The purpose of this asana is to stabilize the body for advanced practices of Pranayama and Meditation. Asanas for Improving health – Asanas have a good effect on various systems in the human body, such as Matsyendrasana (spinal twist pose) has a good effect on the digestive system and a good effect on the pancreas for improving the insulin production, Sarvangasana (shoulder stand pose) has good effects on the hormones affecting various endocrine glands particularly the thyroid glands. So the asanas which have a complementary effect on various organs can be classified in this category.
Yoga for Obesity Yoga for Diabetes Yoga for Hypertension And all other existing… Relaxing Asanas – Shavasana (corpse pose) and Makarasana (crocodile pose) are relaxing Asanas, which give complete rest to the body and mind.
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