Following on from part one and two, we are going to discuss the most well-known limb of yoga in the west: Asana. With the by-product of gaining a good body, there has been a rise in the physical limb of yoga’s popularity over the years. Though as I have said in the previous articles, to value this limb above all the other seven limbs is a life half lived. That is not to say this limb isn’t valuable for it is. Asana is an excellent meditation for the body. Be it a pose that is held for some time or a sequence of postures that are linked. As well as being good for the body, asana’s help to shift stuff emotionally and to bring us entirely into the moment.
So let’s go deeper into Asana. It’s easy to get seduced by the need to perform in yoga, but what does asana really do? Asana gives the body space to move prana ( life force) through the body, mind and soul. Asana means seat. Ultimately asana prepares the body for meditation as we need to be subtle to be able to sit still for a while
There are many health benefits for each yoga pose. I have broken down a few of the benefits from sun salutations to give you an idea of the vast possibilities offered by yoga.
A handful of the many benefits:
- Sun Salutations are a moving meditation
- They improve blood circulation
- The movements build breath capacity by learning to control the inhalation and exhalation
- Sun Salutations show gratitude to life, and if you have read about the law of attraction, you will know that is a good thing
- They wake up the body and also help it to wind down at the end of a day
- This yoga sequence moves the spine in different ways hence releasing tension in the back
It builds fitness- ask the Indian army as they use yoga to train
- The body is toned inside and out
- Stress is lessened
- Creativity is cultivated
- Meditation becomes easier
- Sun Salutations offer a cardiovascular workout when done with experience at a faster pace.
This video gives you an example of Asana in practice
See you in part 4!
Love and blessings
The Word Sprite
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