What Are Asanas?

In yoga, an asana is a posture in which a practitioner sits. In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali defines asanas as “to be seated in a position that is firm, but relaxed”. Patanjali mentions the ability to sit for extended periods as one of the eight limbs of yoga, known as http://www.divinitymagazine.com/theeightlimbsofyoga“>Ashtanga Yoga. Asanas are also performed as physical exercises where they are sometimes referred to as “yoga postures” or “yoga positions”. Some asanas are performed just for health purposes. Asanas do promote good health, although in different ways compared to physical exercises, placing the physical body in positions that cultivate also awareness, relaxation, and concentration.

Types of Asanas

  • Forward bends
  • Back bends
  • Side bends
  • Twists
  • Stretches
  • Inversions
  • Balancing postures
  • Relaxing poses
  • Meditative poses

Benefits of Yoga

Physically, the practice of asanas is considered to: 

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