Asana, or yoga postures, are one of the many practices of yoga. It cultivates cardiovascular health, musculo-skeletal strength and flexibility. It positively impacts every system of the body – immune, glandular, circulatory, digestive, reproductive, respiratory, and nervous. It reduces the negative effects of stress. It supports the body’s ability to sleep better, move better, digest better, and heal better. As far as physical fitness goes, yoga is a powerhouse. It is practical and effective and anyone can do it.
You may be thinking, “I can’t do yoga, I can’t even touch my toes.” The only real flexibility required to practice yoga is the flexibility of your mind. The incredible physical benefits of yoga are just the beginning. Regular practitioners of yoga describe a multitude of life changes, from overcoming panic attacks to finding the strength to stop smoking. People describe expanding moments of well-being and feeling safe amidst the chaos of the world. Yoga impacts more than your physical body. It untangles your stress and anxiety and, without those complicated feelings in the foreground, you find your Self, and your depth, coming forward instead.
The asana practice purifies the body, attuning the physical form to the vibration of the Divine. We prepare the body for the rising of kundalini, the spiritual energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine. Asana practice clears the nadis (energy channels) and rids the body of toxic wastes. The body becomes stronger and purer, able to contain a continuous sense of peace. All asana classes include pranayama – yogic breathwork, which revitalizes the entire body, opens the heart, and calms the mind.