- Asana

Les Leventhal upside down

Les Leventhal upside down

Yoga Basics

A physical yoga practice will consist of a number of asana’s sequenced together to warm, challenge, rinse, open and restore the body.
Asana is usually translated as “poses” or “postures”, the literal meaning is “comfortable seat”.  Combined with Pranayama or breathe control exercises yoga practice will help to  restore and maintain a practitioner’s well-being and improve the body’s flexibility and vitality.

Often you will see the yoga postures given an English name to interpret its original  Sanskrit name.
For example Tree Pose is the translation of the sanskrit name Vrks-asana

The benefits of  asanas can be felt even after the first yoga practice. Some of the  poses stimulate the internal systems others cool and calm the nervous system. The series of stretching and compressing the muscular system and organs help to stimulate and create a cleansing function on the body. A range of benefits will be experienced when  conscious  breathing and a series of yoga poses are sequenced together.

  • Standing postures build strength in the bones and develop muscles.
  • Twists, inversions and forward  bends stimulate the lymphatic  system and boost the immune system.
  • Balancing postures help to still the fluctuations of the mind.

Overall the practice of yoga will nourishes the muscles with oxygenated blood to improve circulation and lessen stiffness in the body.

Did you know, that in 2008, the government of India formed a team of yoga gurus, government officials, and 200 scientists from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to register all known asanas in a public database. The team collected asanas from 35 ancient texts including the Hindu epics, the Mahabharata, the Bhagwad Gita, and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and as of 2010, has identified 900 asanas for the database which was named the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library and made available to patent examiners – source Wikipedia

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