Asana (body posture)

Sage Patanjali defined „asana“ as a body posture in which one can stay a long period of time in absolute peace and equilibrium. Accordingly, raja yogis practise asanas to prepare the body for sitting in a meditative posture for long durations.

Hatha yogis on the other hand emphasize that asanas gather the body's energies and purify as well as activate the energetic network (nadis and chakras).They use asanas as a method to attain inner experiences, concentration and awareness.

Especially in our fast-paced modern age, many people discover the benefits of asanas. An active life often takes its toll by creating tension on the physical and mental planes. They accumulate over time and in an advanced state create blockages and even diseases.

The close connection between body and mind is used for the practice of asanas. Through stretching and massaging the various body tissues, mental and physical blockages are released. The effects are somatic-psychic, which means from body to mind. By dissolving blockages, latent energy is awakened and released. The practitioner feels healthy and happy in his body and the mind is balanced and focused.

Literature: Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha