The Yoga practice of Asana!
Why you should start your yoga asana practice today!
If you’re looking for a simple and effective way to improve your physical,
mental, and emotional health, look no further than the practice of yoga asana. Practising asana regularly can offer a wide range of
benefits, from increased flexibility and strength to reduced stress and
anxiety better, sleep and more stable energy and moods.
Firstly what is Asana?
Asana is a Sanskrit term that refers to a physical posture or pose in yoga. It is one of the eight limbs of yoga, and it is the most commonly practised aspect of yoga in Western cultures.
The word asana can be translated to seat and has been explained to be a practice to prepare us for other elements of yoga such as pranayama (breathing practice) and dharana and dhyana (mediation) allowing our body and mind to be comfortable in a seated position for a long period of time.
As we began studying the practice of asana and its effects on those who practice regularly, many more benefits were found.
Here are just a few reasons that are backed by plenty of studies on why you should start practising yoga Asana today:
1. Improved Physical Health: Yoga asana is a great way to improve your overall
physical health. It can help increase flexibility, build strength, and improve
balance and coordination. Regular practice can also help reduce the risk
of injury and improve posture and alignment.
2. Reduced Stress and Anxiety: One of the most well-known benefits of practising yoga
Asana is the ability to reduce stress and anxiety. As you move through
different postures, you focus on your breath and become more mindful
and present in the moment. This can help calm your mind, reduce stress
levels, and improve your overall sense of well-being.
3. Increased Energy and Focus: Asana can also help increase your energy
and improve your focus. By moving your body and breathing, you stimulate
your nervous system and increase blood flow, which can help boost
energy levels and improve mental clarity and focus.
4. Improved Sleep: Regular practice of yoga asana can also help improve the
quality and duration of your sleep. By reducing stress and anxiety, asana
can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer, leading to better
overall health and well-being.
5. A Better Understanding of Self: Asana also offers an opportunity to better
understand yourself, your body, and your emotions. By practising with a
mindful and awareness, you can learn to tune into your body’s needs
and become more in touch with your thoughts and feelings.
The practice of asana is also a soft introduction to pranayama and meditation. We are invited to move with awareness. Awareness of our body’s alignment and our breath, to achieve this we must be practising with presence, we must be completely focused on that which we are doing within our asana practice. This allows us to cultivate our attention and focus. To become comfortable with our being, being here and now, being alive. It is a soft and gentle way of returning to ourselves while cultivating wellness in our lives.
In conclusion, practising asana can offer a wide range of benefits for your
physical, mental, and emotional health. Whether you’re looking to improve
your flexibility, reduce stress, or gain a deeper understanding of yourself,
Asana can help you achieve your goals. So why not give it a try?