Yogasanas refer to the physical postures or poses practiced in yoga. Derived from the Sanskrit words "yoga" (union) and "asana" (pose), yogasanas are a fundamental aspect of the ancient Indian science of yoga.
Yogasanas are not just physical exercises but also serve as a means to harmonize and integrate the body, breath, mind, and spirit. They are designed to promote balance, flexibility, strength, and well-being at physical, mental, and energetic levels.
There are numerous yogasanas, each with its own unique benefits and effects on the body and mind. Some common yogasanas include standing poses, seated poses, forward bends, backbends, twists, inversions, and balancing poses. Each asana has specific alignment instructions and variations to suit different body types and abilities.
The practice of yogasanas involves holding the poses with mindful awareness, focusing on the breath and body sensations. It combines physical exertion with relaxation, promoting a deep connection between the body and mind.
Yogasanas are typically practiced as part of a larger yoga session, which may also include breathing exercises (pranayama), meditation, and relaxation techniques. The aim is to cultivate physical health, mental clarity, emotional balance, and spiritual growth.
The practice is taught with simple, guided instructions provided by an accredited Isha™ Hatha Yoga teacher, and can be practiced thereafter at home. Regular practise sessions are also offered at the studio.