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What Are Yoga Asanas?

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Yoga Asanas: A Primer

  • The Yoga posture or pose is called Asana in Sanskrit.
  • Yoga has thousands of body postures that are practised according to one’s proficiency and body type.
  • Yoga Asanas slow us down and connect us in breath, body and mind. Practising increases strength a...

The Yoga Sutra, an ancient yogic text written by Patanjali many centuries ago lists the eight steps for the Path To God.

1. Yamas (the moral values

2. Niyamas (the ethical values),

3. Asanas (the postures),

4. Pranayama (breathing exercises),

Yoga Asanas have Sanskrit names that describe the appearance of the bodily posture, like:

  • Downward Facing Dog Pose: Adho Mukha Svanasana, with a posture that looks like a stretching dog.
  • Triangle Pose: Trikonasana, making a triangular shape.
  • Hand To Bi...

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