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Key elements of Raja Yoga : Asana & Pranayama

Comfortable and steady posture. Photo Credit: Coni Hörler

BY SUSHANT PANDEY

Concept of Asana

Asana (posture) and Pranayama are the 3rd and 4th limbs in the text of Patanjali Yoga Sutra. Asana literally means ‘seat’. In the text of Patanjali Yoga Sutra, Asana is described as a seat of meditation. In the second chapter, verse 46; Patanjali defines asana as ‘sthiram sukham asanam’. This verse is translated as ‘posture (should be) steady and comfortable’. While defining posture Patanjali was well aware of the body-mind connection. Therefore he puts asana after Yama (social codes of conduct) and Niyama (personal codes of conduct). He knows that having practised or incorporated the aspects of Yama and Niyama in life, sitting steady is possible. Sthirta (steadiness) of the body is only possible when one has channelled the mental energies. Otherwise sitting still is a big task. (more…)

Conversations in Yoga – A journey beyond asana

The yoga.in team are always excited to share news on yoga initiatives that are close to our hearts and beliefs. We were lucky enough to be part of Emil Wendel’s magical and deeply inspiring retreat last year, so when we heard he was back with a group of renowned scholars and yogis (flown in from as far as Tibet), we simply had to spread the word! (more…)

Breathing, Yoga and beyond

By Inna Costantini

Breathing is a fundamental survival mechanism that over time has revealed to have connections with the mind, and -potentially- deeper states of awareness. All living beings need to breathe: it is a primary response for life, but as humans, we have, over time fine tuned our knowledge of the breathing process.  (more…)

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