Yoga Asana

Noah McKenna / Yoga Asana
Yoga Asana

Vigilance and Fear – Asana for psycho-somatic cleansing

Why do we practice Asana as a vital part of Yoga? I believe the primary reason is that the physical intelligence of the body is a repository for unsatisfying experiences. These memories get stuck in our system if we do not clear them out regularly.  If I had to make a map to describe the current state of my human energy body I would use three axises. High and low energy, positive and negative emotion and inward and outward focus. Yoga seeks to bring consciousness to all corners.. The way we orient to our environment is very important. We are social beings with an amazingly fluid ability to communicate using our body. So we need to navigate through high and low and positive and negative energies internally...

Asana in Sanskrit is Posture

Asana in Sanskrit is Posture.

In the ancient writings on yoga there are major two commentators who give advice on the practice of asana. Patanjali composed the Yoga Sutra over 2000 years ago, he gives Asana as one of eight branches of Yoga let us consider his definition and description first: “Sthira Sukham Asanam”, Sadhana Pada Sutra 46 Patanjali says, Asana should be steady and easy. In Sutra 47 and 48 he says to master asana restlessness should be reduced and one should feel timelessness while maintaining the pose. Then the mind becomes free from the dualities of the body. If one has ever tried to sit still for a long time then you know that after a while pain creeps into the body. Thinking that a little movement will alleviate the pain we begin...

Yoga Asana

How Asana helps Mental Stability

From the outside Asana looks a lot like physical exercise. The definitive factor, the “what” of asana is mental concentration. To say it so bluntly can sometimes miss the point. It takes, as Gauthama Buddha said, the right kind of concentration. Too little interest and the mind cannot be held in place and too much dry physicality and it wanders off to greener pastures. If the contemplation is of the body its all down to sensation and sensitivity. The word exercise gets a bad reputation. Its an old word going back to Latin referring to training soldiers. It has a positive aspect also which could be interpreted as play. Personally these two words exercise and asana are usually interchangeable. they both describe a situation where the...