Traditionally, asanas were seated positions in which yogis practiced meditation, while remaining strong and straight and joyful. Patanjali defines asanas as being effortless. By definintion, Patanjali stated that an asana couldn’t BE an asana unless it connected us with joy – a truly lovely definition and something worth holding in our minds. Today, asana has become a focus for yoga practice, with many people believing that this, and only this, IS yoga.
Posture is an attitude in which the body is kept steady, while producing a feeling of easePatanjali – Yoga Sutras
The goal of asana is to help keep the nadis (energy channels which run through us, and connect us to the universe) open and balanced, and prana (life energy) flowing. In a successful asana practice, we prepare ourselves for meditation by grounding our Muladhara (root chakra) and synchronising all chakras, up to Sahasrara (crown chakra).
When prana is balanced, then kundalini is awakened and energy flows freely. This provides a strong, stable, energetic base connecting us with the Earth and the Sky. Ida and Pingala allow kundalini to flow, connecting us directly with the Universe.
How to practice:
- Meditation positions
- Sun salutations
- All yoga sequences