Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The Significance of Asanas on the body

‘Asana’ is the Sanskrit word for a physical posture. It is a specific position which can be held in a relaxed and comfortable manner for a long period of time.

Many Asanas were derived from the natural movements and positions of animals and have names such as ‘cat’, ‘hare’, ‘tiger’, ‘deer’ etc. The animals instinctively used the movements and positions because of their natural benefits.

Asanas have a far reaching effect on the mind and body. These effects are attained through regular asana practice, example:- Marjari (The Cat), for stretching the body and the spine, Bhujangasana (The Cobra), for the release of aggression and emotions, Shashankasana (The Hare) for relaxation. The headstand (Shirshasana) and Lotus (Padmasana) are regarded as supreme Asanas.

Asanas are beneficial for the muscles, joints, cardiovascular system, nervous and lymphatic system as well as the mind. They are psychosomatic exercises which strengthen and balance the entire nervous system and harmonize and stabilize the practitioner’s state of mind.

The effects of Asanas are clarity of mind, contentment, relaxation and a feeling of inner peace.

Many times Asanas are confused to be just gymnastic exercises. In contrast to gymnastic exercises, Asanas are practiced slowly to enable mental focus and a conscious understanding of the movement.

The number of exercises is not important but the quality of performance is imperative. The practice of Asanas is a very mindful practice and before, after and in between the exercises, relaxation should be included.

The beauty of asana practice is that the body does not get exhausted or tired; instead with the energy recharged, one feels rested and refreshed. This happens essentially due to the conscious use of slow breathing throughout the asana practice.

Breath or ‘Prana’ is the life force which keeps us alive! More on this the next time.

Till then, stay healthy and energized by getting in your asana practice!

Neelanjana Bharadwaj – Yoga Expert

MOST READ

Alpha 7R IV Launched In Bahrain

Ashrafs along with Sony Middle East and Africa unveiled the latest addition to its acclaimed Alpha™ 7R series full-frame mirrorless camera line-up; the extremely...

Rare unveils Everwild, a new exclusive game for Xbox and Windows 10

British video game developer Rare, creator of classics like Battletoads, GoldenEye 007, and Banjo-Kazooie, is revealing its next big game, Everwild, at Microsoft’s X019...

Gulf Air Resumes Flights to Erbil Strengthening its Regional Network

Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced the resumption of its direct services between Bahrain and Erbil in Iraq;...

NotifyMe is Your New Must-Have Service for Updates on Government Transactions

In today’s busy world, keeping up with the progress of all your transactions can be a real chore. This is what makes the recently...

Bahrain ranked first in MENA by Islamic Finance Development Indicator (IFDI) for seventh consecutive year

Bahrain has topped the entire MENA region for Islamic Finance development, according to the seventh and latest annual Islamic Finance Development Indicator (IFDI). The...

Gulf Air Strengthens Boutique Strategy by Adding More Premium Leisure Destinations in 2020

Gulf Air - the Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier – in line with its boutique strategy to add premium leisure destinations to its delicate...

Lexus Bahrain Launches 2020 RX and GX Models

Ebrahim K. Kanoo, the sole distributor of Lexus vehicles in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has launched the 2020 Lexus RX and GX models at...

Southern Governor launched health programme

Southern Governor His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa has today inaugurated a programme aimed at combating diabetes. The event  was attended by...

iGA & Amazon Web Services Hold National Cloud Team Readiness Workshop

The Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA), in cooperation with Amazon Web Services (AWS), held a team readiness workshop for National Cloud systems, attended by...

Batelco Hosts Special Event to Mark Launch of Apple Watch Series 5 Cellular at Capital Club in Presence of Business Customers and Partners

Batelco, the leading digital solutions provider in the Kingdom of Bahrain held an exclusive event to mark the launch of Apple Watch Series 5...

Azamat crowned inaugural KHK World Champion with two vicious performances in single magical night

Azamat Murzakanov maintained his professional record intact and made sure to get the most prestigious prize in sports under his provisional possession with two...

BREEF Fully Prepared for New Season

The Board of Directors of Bahrain Equestrian and Endurance Federation (BREEF) escalated their utmost thanks and gratitude to HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al...

Al Haddad Motors Service Week

Al Haddad Motors service week is back from November the 16th until the 21st with fresh offers. Get your Mercedes-Benz ready for the roads...

Minister of Transportation signs MoU with Flynas

His Excellency the Minister of Transportation and Telecommunications and Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) Chairman, Eng. Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed signed a Memorandum of Understanding...

Team Bahrain win streak continues, 7 advance to IMMAF World Championship semifinals

The successful campaign of Team Bahrain at the 2019 IMMAF World Championships continued this Wednesday (13) with a series of wins for the home...