Asana means postures or poses. Asanas are third part, according to Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga. Asanas are important part of Yoga. Asanas improve flexibility, strengthen the muscles and tone up the body. All this gives you rear combination of muscle and flexibility. You look youthful with glowing look.
How Asanas help?
Asanas leads a person from unnecessary bodily vibration to relaxed state. Body tremor is the result of lack of strength and irregular or improper blood supply to the muscles. You might have a question now that “How come Yoga improves our body and make us relaxed?” Yoga practice improves the flow of blood to every part of the body, removing all blockages in its path and nurturing the body to a healthy state.
How many Asanas?
According to ancient Hindu tradition the lord Shiva is said to have demonstrated 8,400,000 Asanas as many as there are living species, to enable human to keep their body in perfect health. Experiments were carried out on number of Asanas by ancient great Yogis, who reveled those Asanas later on, in order to help human and show the way to speedy evolution. According to Shiva Samhita only 84 postures are described that can help us attain perfect health. Gherands Samhita mentions only 32 asansa that can solve our purpose of good health. In fact there are only 20-25 Yoga asanas and modifications that are required to maintain and regain perfect health.
Experience has shown that effects of Asanas, Pranayama, Mudras, Bandhas are extremely beneficial for human body. There is no other exercise, physical workout, any activity or sports that can provide benefits equal to those offered by Yoga, without tiring or exhausting human. There are some workout that gives excellent result however they have their side effects, like back ache, sore neck, head ache and so on. Yoga focus in protection of vital energy that body generates, there fore maintenance of good health is remarkable. It not only gives external massage to our body but also provide rare and sophisticated massage to our internal organs, which can be felt during the proper yoga workout.
How scientific is Yoga?
Health depends on the state of the tissues and the cells composing them. Medical science has recognized that muscles can preserve their energy and elasticity if they are regularly stretched and contracted. Pranayam (breathing exercises) plays very big role in attaining good health, since oxygen is very important for good health.
To keep tissues in perfect health, they should be nourished well and regularly. IN addition to this, endocrine glands (gland that produce and release hormones) should be properly maintained toe keep them in perfect condition. This can be done by elimination waste products so that the nervous system can function properly.
It is known that tissue feeds on various proteins, fats, sugar, salt as well as oxygen. All brought to them by blood. Food depends not only on the quality and quantity of what we eat or drink but also on our digestive system. For tissues to be nourished properly, our circulation system and digestive system must be in perfect condition.
The main organs of the digestive system are the stomach, small intestine, pancreas and liver. Throughout 24 hours a day that we breath in and out, these organs are gently massaged by the abdominal wall which pushes them rhythmically inwards and upwards. Such automatic massage of digestive organs is very efficient when the muscles in the abdomen are strong and flexible. If they are weak, the result is indigestion and other disorders. To help the muscle maintain their forces and elasticity, we must practice postures designed to stretch and contract them.
Types of Asanas