YOGA and ASANA

Yoga Asana is one elements of the 8 Limbs Of Yoga Of Patanjali's Yoga Sutra (The other 7 are: Yama, Niyama, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dyana and Samadhi). While one is practicing yoga, one has to practice all the 7 aspects of yoga (Samadhi is when we become union with The Devine) – But the fact that most people who practice yoga, they only practice the Asanas. One cannot call themselves a Yogi if they do not practice these 8 (or 7) Limbs of Yoga. In Patanjali's Yoga Sutra chapter 2.46: 'Sthira Sukham Asanam' Which means: finding comfortable seat. Asana means to take seat here. Asana should be done with steady, stable and motionless. Bear in mind that in yoga one wants to achive a union between mind, body and self (Samadhi). And the physical aspect of yoga (asana), combined with Pranayama (breathing techniques inlayman terms) should be the vehicle to achive that union. In modern world, asana is one of the most commonly known aspect of yoga – The physical practice of yoga postures and with little doubt, yoga asana is also known for its benefits like improving health, strength, balance and flexibility. But one cannot be said to be practicing yoga by doing the physical asana with unseady state of mind or when one is unaware of their breathings. It would be called exercise, not yoga.