Patanjali’s Asana: practice of physical postures.

Let’s get into our bodies!! Patanjali’s third limb is ‘Asana’ means “seat” or “posture.” Asanas/postures have their foundation in the philosophy of ‘sukham and sthira’, finding ease and steadiness in our bodies; originally so we could sit in comfortable meditation on a mountain for hours! Let’s begin with sitting poses, such as Sukhasana, Dandasana, and Thunderbolt (Vajrasana). These sitting poses are beneficial for improving flexibility, posture calm and healthy
spine.

Explore supine poses, on your back! Take 5 minutes to come into happy baby pose, a supine twist and lie in Savasana, and Viparitta Karani (legs up the wall) Supine postures offer a range of benefits, including relaxation, stretching, and
strengthening various muscle groups, with limited weight bearing, making them ideal for warm ups, recovery from illness and are excellent for both beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

Stand up! Find a long spine, great for balance and legs. Practice these poses: Tadasana, mountain pose, Vrikshasana tree pose, and Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (hand to big toe, with a strap!) These standing poses helps to improve balance and coordination. They are also beneficial for overall stability in daily activities.

Let’s practice prone poses such as Downward Facing Plank, Cobra, and Locust. These prone poses helps in aligning the spine correctly, especially for those who spend long hours sitting or standing with less than perfect posture. By lying on the stomach, the spine is encouraged to open & create space, relieving tension and promoting better
alignment.

Let’s do some twisted poses such as seated twist, supine twist (softest), Lunge with Twist,
Trikonasana, Thread the Needle. Twisted poses have a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce stress,
anxiety, and tension. The shallower breathing and focus required during these poses promote being fully present, relaxation and mental clarity, leaving you feeling more centered and balanced.

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