Asana is a Sanskrit term which is often translated as “posture” or
“pose.” Asanas are actually defined in yoga as “steady, comfortably
held.”,particularly for the practice of the meditation. It is the one of
the eight limbs of the yoga.
Asana is the most popular part of yoga and is often misunderstood as
well. It is one of the very important limbs of the yoga. Asanas are not
normal exercises but are special exercises with specific effects on the
endocrine glands, inner organs, joints, muscles, ligaments and
Anyone of any level can practice Asanas, they don’t have to be experts,
extremely flexible and lean. Individual asanas can be modified to suit
all practice needs and abilities. Main aim of asanas are not just to
exercise your body but to help us bridge disconnections between body, mind and breath. They are psychological benefits which are not
properly understood by many practitioners.
There are many physical benefits of Asanas if you
* Improves strength and flexibility
* Improves respiration and circulation
* Improves chronic pain.
Psychological benefits of Asanas:
* Helps in controlling your breathing.
* Improves concentration and facilitates your mind for meditation.
* Balances your emotions by balancing your endocrine secretion.
* Reduces anxiety and depression.
* Improves your sleep.
There are more than 50,000 asanas, but not all are equally
important. Asanas can be taught and modified according to the
abilities and need. It is advisable to learn asanas under the guidance
of a qualified teacher to get the best benefit of it and also prevent
injuries. Like any other exercises they can harm you if they are not