The Third Limb of Patanjali’s Eight Fold Path: Asana (Posture)

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The last few months we have covered the first two limbs of Ashtanga yoga – yama and niyama.  Now we are going to explore the third limb: asana (posture) which is the most popular in the Western world. Just a reminder that the eight limbs of Patanjali’s Eight Fold Path are: Yama (restraint) Niyama (observances) Asana (posture) Pranayama (breath control) Pratyahara (controlling the senses) Dharana (concentration) Dhyana (meditation) Samadhi (absolute consciousness)  This month’s focus: ASANA Asana, the third limb, is often referred to as posture and is the aspect of yoga practice that is often misunderstood and taken for the … Read More

How do you hold your Asana?

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Asana is often referred to as posture and is the aspect of yoga practice that is often misunderstood and taken for the sum of all yoga practice, rather than one aspect of yoga. Asana literally means “seat” and is the seated position or posture where one’s body is firm but relaxed.  It is about certain ways of holding the body along with certain attitudes.  One must be in a meditative state when practicing asana and these certain movements promote concentration of the spirit and inner connectedness.  The aim of asana is to achieve an effortless alertness where one’s body is … Read More