Yoga Asana; Its Practice and Benefits Part-II

Contd. From Part -I

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Procedure

Disciplining of the body is brought by the practice of the Yoga Asanas .The practice of Yoga Asanas are always practiced with awareness and relaxation, Sage Patanjali defines the practice methodlogy of a Yoga pose in his Yoga Sutras as

“Pratyatana Shaithilya AnantaSamapattibhyam” 2:47

“Relaxation with efforts & Concentration on Infinite”

The Successful practice of asanas is achieved through long time uninterrupted dedicated practice

Guidelines for Success in Yoga Asana Practice

To prevent injuries and achieve maximum safety in the practice of the Asanas ,it is always helpful to follow these guidelines

  • The practice of Asanas should always begin with solid foundations in terms of appropriate distance and positioning which is helpful to advance in the poses more gracefully and firmly.
  • Practitioners should remember to relax the muscles. Muscular relaxation helps to decrease the resistance of the muscles to avoid any of the possible strains, spasms and exertions
  • Slow and controlled movements achieved through the coordination with breath will help to maintain the final static poses to reap the best possible results of out of the asanas practice
  • Practice the Asanas with awareness and enjoy the complete relaxation after the end of practical sessions of the of asanas
  • Don’t practice the Asanas when you are exhausted or experiencing the complete physical and mental fatigue

Movements and energy consumption in the Asanas Practice:

Most of the Asanas practice involves Isometric movements of muscles in which  tone is changing and  length is constant. These movements are helpful reduce the consumption of excess oxygen and prevents muscle fatigue .Since Red muscle fibres are active during isometric movements and they consume less oxygen. In way, the Practice of Asana is a means of conservation of energy.

Benefits of Asanas Practice

Many of the classical texts on Hatha Yoga explain the enormous benefits of the regular practice.

Hatha Pradeepika of Swatmarama is one of the most important text on HathaYoga, considers the Asana as the foremost limb of Curriculum of Classical Hatha Yoga and says

“ Kuryattadasanam sthairyamarogyam cangalaghavam”

 Asana brings mental as well as physical steadiness, health and a feeling of lightness [H.P:I.19]

Gheranda Samihita  Says,
“Asanena bhaveddrdham “

The practice of Asana gives strength to body and mind [G.S.: I, 10]

Patanjali in his Ashtanga Yoga Says,
“Tato Dwandanabhighatah”  PYS 2:48

By regular practice of asana, dualities of mind and body will be removed.

They overcome the fickleness of the mind. Helps to contribute to enjoy the sound mind and sound body.