PS: I am a student of Yoga and attending YIC which is a prerequisite to get into Master of Science in Yoga.
PS 101: Today I am going to write about Asana and different types of Yoga which have one or more from the 8 limbs of Yoga.
There are 8 limbs of Yoga and they are 1. Yama 2. Niyama 3. Asana 4. Pranayama 5. Pratyahara 6. Dharana.7. Dhyana, 8. Samadhi
What is Asana?
In English, it’s called Posture. Asana purifies the body and mind and has preventive and curative effects. They are innumerable, catering to various needs of the muscular, digestive, circulatory, glandular, nervous, and other systems of the body.
They cause changes at all levels from physical to spiritual.
By practicing asanas one’s physical disabilities and mental distraction vanishes and gates to spirit is opened.
Asanas bring to you health, beauty, strength, firmness, lightness, clarity of speech, and expressions, calmness of nerves, and a happy disposition.
Yama, Niyama, Asana, and Pranayama are parts of the Yoga of action (Karma Yoga ). They keep the body and mind healthy.
Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana are part of the Yoga of knowledge ( jnana Yoga).
Dhyana and Samadhi help sadhaka to merge his/her body, mind, and intelligence in the ocean of the self. This is the Yoga of devotion and love ( bhakti Yoga)
These three streams of jnana, karma, and bhakti flow into the river of yoga and lose their identity. This helps the practitioner, from the dull (mudha) to the restrained (niruddha) towards freedom and beatitude.