Hathasya prathamaangatvaadaasanam poorvamuchyate. Kuryaattadaasanam sthairyamaarogyam chaangalaaghavam.
"Prior to everything, asana is spoken of as the first part of Hatha Yoga. Having done asana, one attains steadiness of body and mind, freedom from disease and lightness of the limb."
- Hatha Yoga Pradipika
word Asana in Raja Yoga refers to a sitting position while the
word has a wider meaning in Hatha Yoga. In Hatha Yoga the asanas refers to
postures, which are the main focus in the preparation of the body for
meditation. The Hatha yogis will use the practice and techniques of the asanas
to find control over their bodies, which will allow them access to a higher
state of awareness.
are various types of asanas and they all serve different purposes and benefits.
When practicing asanas one should always bear in mind that the physical
capacity differs from body to body and one should always practice with respect
to avoid getting hurt or to force oneself into bad habits. It’s easy to feed
the ego by only focusing on the difficulty and levels of the asanas, however by
only practicing the basic asanas (read more about the basic asanas in next
week’s teaching) one will gain all the necessary benefits to live a healthy
BENEFITS BY PRACTICING ASANAS:
• flexibility and strength
• eliminates toxin from the body
• improves the body posture and breathing
• aligns the skeletal system
• enhanced digestion
• better circulation
• relaxes the nervous system
• improves the immunity system
your asanas to serve a higher purpose and dedicate your practice to something
greater than yourself, and the benefits will come!
"My body is my altar, and my postures are the prayers" - B.K.S. Iyengar