Yoga Asanas for beginners

November 25, 2008 by  
Filed under Yoga for beginners, Yoga Tips

What does asana mean? It is a strange word and it is easy to get confuse with all the names when starting yoga. It is fairly simple: asana simply mean various yoga postures. There are good chances that you recently started yoga if you are reading this article, so it will be of great interest for you. The asanas presented in this article are in no way “expert asanas” are are meant to get you accustomed to yoga practices by gaining increased flexibility.

Asana happens to be one of the pillar of yoga practices and it is for a reason: through asanas, you will learn balance, patience, tolerance and perseverance.

How to perform asanas

Asanas can be performed in a lot of different positions: seated, standing, turning and twisting posture, balancing posture and supine. There are multiple levels in asanas depending on the level of complexity. These levels are pretty simple and are: beginner, middle and comple.

Which asana for what.

Depending on what you are looking to improve, there are different asanas you will want to consider. For example, if you’d like to make your back or hips stronger, you will have to look into sitting asanas.  For your mental condition, balance postures will be your best bet. To enhance your flexibility you can use twisting and turning asanas and if you are just looking for tranquility and peace then relaxation is for yo.

Popular asanas

  • Shvasana: This asana requires you to lie on your back in a completely rested state. This is why this asana is called the corpse pose
  • Padmasana: This asanas will test your tolerance level because it is a sitting posture with errected back and with legs on opposite thighs
  • Navasana: To perform this asana correctly, you will be required, by being in a sitting posture, to lift your legs with a 45 degrees angle from the surface of the floor.
  • Utkatasna: This one is hard and will require endurance. This is because this pose requires you to be in a sitting position without any chair. While in this position, you will have to raise your handes towards sky.
  • Dhanurasana: This is a hard one and you will have to lie with the help of your stomach and thighs. Then, what you want to ahieve is a “bow” posture by simply taking hold of your legs with your hands.

Being aware of you level of skills is important when practicing yoga. If you are a beginner, concentrate on beginner’s asanas and slowly move to more complex ones.

Comments

2 Comments on "Yoga Asanas for beginners"

  1. Aashu on Mon, 13th Apr 2009 1:24 am 

    Asanas have another responsibility and importance from the point of view of physical health.

    “The organs of the human body are made up of tissues. This is the reason why the health of human body depends on the health of tissues. According to physiology, there are three conditions of health of the different tissues of the human body. These are:-

    i) Constant supply of proper nourishment and of the internal secretions of the endocrine glands,
    ii) Effective removal of waste products; and

    iii) Healthy functioning of the nerve-connections. Cultural poses are fully capable of fulfilling these conditions.”

    Read more at http://atmabodh.net/asana

  2. Aashu on Mon, 13th Apr 2009 1:36 am 

    Asanas have another responsibility and importance from the point of view of physical health.

    “The organs of the human body are made up of tissues. This is the reason why the health of human body depends on the health of tissues. According to physiology, there are three conditions of health of the different tissues of the human body. These are:-

    i) Constant supply of proper nourishment and of the internal secretions of the endocrine glands,
    ii) Effective removal of waste products; and

    iii) Healthy functioning of the nerve-connections. Cultural poses are fully capable of fulfilling these conditions.”

    Read more at http://atmabodh.net/asana

    Aashu
    http://atmabodh.net

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