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  Asana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Modern usage of the word asana in reference to the practice of Yoga generally intends the lesser definition; a physical posture or pose.
Asana can be performed 8 hours after a meal, 2 hours after a glass of milk and one hour after eating fruit.
Asanas, especially inverted poses, are to be avoided during menstruation.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Asana   (1215 words)

 Asana or Posture
Asana is a pose of the body or the posture which it assumes at the commencement of the practice.
A sitting posture is Asana, because to stand and meditate may lead to a falling down of the body, and lying down may induce sleep.
While Asana is a pose, Bandha is a lock of the limbs of the body intended to direct the Prana in a particular channel and centring it in a given location.
www.swami-krishnananda.org /yoga/yoga_07.html   (2087 words)

 Embodying the Spirit:Understanding the Meaning of Asana
Asana both reflect and are named for animals and objects as well as being named after sages from the Hindu tradition.
First, that asana is both a spiritual practice all its own and secondly, that the practice of asana can beneficially effect our relationship to living a spiritual life in the modern world, far from the protected ashrams and retreats of ancient India.
Asana is therefore being used as a palliative and therapeutic for physical injury.
www.judithlasater.com /writings/no6.html   (1675 words)

Asana (posture) is the primary form of yoga in the west.
Asana is a mirror - of our physical blocks, energy flow, and our state of mind as well.
Asana can be practiced on a continuum from relaxed to very intense and demanding, and anything in between.
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 YOGA FOR YAHOOS - Fourth Lecture - Asana and Pranayama
It is a question of active and passive; when Asana begins to annoy you the reply is to annoy it, to match the active thought of controlling the minute muscular movement against the passive thought of easing the irritation and disturbance.
In other words, by Asana and Pranayama you have worked yourself into a position where you are free, if only for a few seconds, to attempt actual Yoga processes, which you have previously been prevented from attempting by the distracting activities of the respiratory and muscular systems.
These practices, Asana and Pranayama, are, to a certain extent, mechanical, and to that extent it is just possible for a man of extraordinary will power, with plenty of leisure and no encumbrances, to do a good deal of the spade-work of Yoga even in England.
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Asana means the posture of a dead body.
It is one of the most valued and highly desired asanas of the yoga system.
This asana necessitates the relaxed condition of both the body and the mind.
www.webindia123.com /yoga/savasana.htm   (409 words)

 MAHAYOGI YOGA MISSION | NY Raja Yoga Classes -Asana and Meditation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Asana practice stimulates the cakras related to various functions such as the vital, auditory, respiratory, digestive, physiological, and metabolic systems.
In preparation for stable and comfortable sitting in meditation, ancient yogis developed asanas in order to strengthen and control the body, breath, and mind to prepare one to be stable and sit comfortably in meditation.
Asana or posture, commonly known as Yoga today, is only a stepping stone to prepare for Raja Yoga.
www.mahayogiyogamission.org /class.html   (826 words)

 Yoga Point - ASANA (Classification, Levels and method of mastering the Asanas)
The word asana is derived from the Sanskrit verb 'Aas' which means existence and state of existence is Asana or Position.
Asanas on the other hand, are different as far as taking the position (slow and controlled movements), maintaining the position (steadiness, comfort and relaxation) and releasing the position are concerned.
Asana / Position which involve stability, the body is maintained in a particular Asana for longer duration while achieving the stability of the all the muscles, whether stretched or relaxed.
www.yogapoint.com /info/article10.htm   (1083 words)

 Asana - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema
The practice of asanas is very good for muscle flexibility, and many practitioners believe the positions massage and bring balance to the various internal glands and organs of the body, and that they facilitate and balance the flow of prana (vital energy) in the body.
Yoga asanas such as shirsasana (headstand), etc. (see below) are actually part of Hatha Yoga, which itself is just one of several different ways of practising and approaching yoga.
According to Hatha Yoga practicioners, when this bodily control is achieved, they are free from what they call the 'pairs of opposites', such as heat and cold, hunger and thirst, joy and grief, and so on.
www.egnu.org /thelema/index.php/Asana   (768 words)

 Asana - the theory
The way in which you sit for meditation should be such that the body is motionless and steady, and also, it should not cause any discomfort to the body; otherwise, it cannot be maintained for a long time.
Maintaining the Asana for a long time is of paramount importance to facilitate proper meditation.
This is the most comfortable asana for many and is believed to promote psychic power.
www.patanjali.ch /practice/asana/asana.html   (734 words)

 Funfurde: asana. floor. lamp.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In Italy, Asana means weirdo chair, or weirdo lamp.
To clarify, the 6.5' tall Asana is both a chair and a lamp.
The main part of the Asana -- the part you can sit on if you like -- is made from a lacquered fiberglass attached to a stainless steel base.
funfurde.blogspot.com /2004/08/asana-floor-lamp.html   (382 words)

 Yoga for You by BKS Iyengar CD-Rom
An introduction on yoga, on asanas, on the practice of asanas, on Guruji and his early life and on Geetaji and her early life.
The asanas have been grouped into standing, sitting, supine, inversions, twisting, forward and backward bending asanas and each group is well depicted in the menu by photographs of the final posture along with the names.
Further, the process of the asana (which includes all the three steps involved) is sub divided into "action points" where one gets to learn some of the subtleties of the pose.
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The word “asana” means a posture, a steady position of the body.
In this context the word “asana” means a posture, a steady position of the body.
Systems of asanas and other exercises of this stage of work are collectively called “hatha yoga”.
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 What is Yoga Asana Postures
Therefore we take it for granted that Asanas are that part of our practices which not only taught the humanity how to sit, but also taught how to be healthy and thus leading to open the new channel through which the pranic current could flow easily into Susumna.
Thus Asanas are found capable of preserving the health not only of the brain and the spinal and sympathetic cords but also of all the cranial and spinal nerves spreading throughout the body.
It is clear that if Asanas are performed as exercises, they will be more tiring, which will increase the quantity of "Rajas" and hence the body unstable and the mind fickle.
www.asana-posture.in /whatisasana.htm   (1841 words)

 Yoga Asanas : the yoga of Asana by Ganga Puri
Yoga Asanas : the yoga of Asana by Ganga Puri
The first is that to practice any real meditation, one needs at the least one asana in which one can be perfectly comfortable for a longer period of time.
The second objective of excercising asanas in Hatha Yoga is to bring health and energy to body and mind by opening the nadis.
www.sanatansociety.org /yoga_and_meditation/asanas_asana.htm   (671 words)

 Studio Asana Homepage
Studio Asana was founded in 1995 by Teresa Caldas.
Teresa Caldas opened Studio Asana in 1995 to share the knowledge she'd gained from her studies with Dona Holleman and B.K.S. Iyengar.
Caldas says: "We must let go of prejudices, concepts, and dusty old habits and open the windows and doors of our bodies and minds." It seems utterly appropriate that she has chosen to open these windows and doors in Amsterdam, the watery land of ancient ways and new horizons.
www.studioasana.com   (174 words)

 Yoga - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In other parts of the world where yoga is popular, notably the West, Yoga has become associated with the asanas (postures) of Hatha Yoga, which are popular as fitness exercises and also form the basis of an expanding business.
Yoga as a means to enlightenment is central to Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and has influenced other religious and spiritual practices throughout the world.
Yama - Niyama - Asana - Pranayama - Pratyahara - Dharana - Dhyana - Samadhi
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Yoga   (4325 words)

 Yoga Asana Postures & Meditation Asana Postures
Asana is the Sanskrit (an Indian language) word for different pattern of sitting i.e.
Today Asanas / postures have another responsibility and importance from the point of view of physical health.
Today, a particular Asana is explained by different teachers in different ways which lead to confusion.
www.asana-posture.in   (171 words)

Yoga asana practice helps us to control the muscles, bones and hidden connective tissues which operate our extremities and are like a container for our organs.
The heart and respiratory organs play such an impor­tant part in asana practice, inhaling lifting us, exhaling deepening the stretch and helping us go further that they, too, must be addressed since all adds to a healthy, internal structure and stability.
Each asana in this series creates a context for the draining of excess fluids and blood from the legs and organs located in the pelvic and abdominal regions, stimulating and improving circulation.
www.yandara.com /resources/articles/anatomy-physiology.htm   (9931 words)

 Teknion | Products | Seating | Asana
The sinuous curve of the wood arm flows uninterrupted into the front leg, creating a single dramatic gesture.
Asana conveys individuality and flair, yet is restrained enough in its detailing to be compatible with a wide variety of environments.
The scale and proportion of Asana make it both comfortable and compatible with today’s smaller office spaces.
www.teknion.com /products/seating_asana?country=us   (77 words)

 asana :: Yoga.com
Adho Mukha Svanasa, the "downward facing dog" pose is an important foundational asana (pose) that simultaneously builds strength and stretch.
However, to the best of my knowledge, the largest collection of asanas in one single publication is Dharma Mittra's Master yoga chart, which presents a whooping 908 postures.
Natarajasana is depicted in Indian iconography as a graceful figure with one leg lifted in dance.
www.yoga.com /ydc/enlighten/enlighten_category.asp?section=9&cat=99   (270 words)

 1996 ASANA Minutes
At 3 PM, March 9, 1996, ASANA Vice-President John Higley called the meeting to order in the absence of President Robert Williams, who was unable to attend due to a family emergency.
A motion was made for the ASANA board to consider writing the new minister of DEET to apprise her of ASANA's existence and role in North America and to encourage him to enhance support for ASANA activities in North America.
ASANA bylaws and election of new board members: The ASANA bylaws were changed to call for the election of a president and vice-president in odd-numbered years and secretary-treasurer and board members in even-numbered years.
www.utexas.edu /depts/cas/anzsana/conferences/1996minutes.html   (1185 words)

Asana is the most visible part of the Ashtanga Yoga practice and is commonly known as the "Yoga position".
The Asana is the static pause between the flow of the Vinyasas.
The Yogi says an Asana hides the experience of an whole live.
www.ashtangayoga.info /ujjayi-bandha-dristi/asana.html   (112 words)

 The Asana School of English :: Learn English in Ireland
The Asana School of English is a family-run English language school in Caherciveen, a lively seaside town on the south-west coast of Ireland.
Our priority is to provide a happy, healthy environment where learners can develop their language skills through a series of humanistic classroom activities and outdoor excursions.
Asana is a member of MEI~RELSA and is recognised by the Department of Education as an English language summer school for the teaching of English as a foreign language.
www.asanaireland.com   (137 words)

 YOGA - Uttan Pada Asana
In Utthan Pada Asana, both the legs are lifted upwards.
In case of any spinal injury this asana can be practiced by lifting one leg at a time.
People who have had spinal injury can do the asana by lifting each leg alternatively.
www.webindia123.com /yoga/uttan.htm   (170 words)

 Asana Day Spa, Pismo Beach   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In the spirit of caring for the Mind, Body, Soul and Environment, Asana is committed to rejuvenating, reducing stress, and pure pampering with Aveda plant derived skin and body treatments.
Asana Body Treatments include:The Essential Back Treatment, Total Body Exfoliation, Salt Glow Exfoliation, Body Bronzing and Stress Relief Reflexology.
Expert skin treatments as Asana nurture your skin so you become radiant inside and out.
www.asanadayspa.com   (308 words)

 Divine Mat - Asana : How to store Positive Bio-energy of Your Meditation into Mat
Basic construction of this asana is as follows.
There are 3 layers in this asana, top most layer is made of pure silk.
On next day when he sits in meditation on same asana disciple gets boosting force of 5 positive units directly from that asana and subsequently asana is cumulatively charged with next day's positive charge.
www.siddhyog.org /divine_mat_-_asana.htm   (470 words)

Relax in between asanas for 6 to 8 seconds.
Rest at the end of the asana session.
Your body should be neat and clean nor it should be tired or under any excessive physical pain.
www.webindia123.com /yoga/essential.htm   (272 words)

 Asana of Buddha : Pedestals of Buddha : Postures of Buddha
Asana of Buddha : Pedestals of Buddha : Postures of Buddha
Asana also means a throne or a pedestal.
Taras, the consort of Dhyani Buddha, Saraswati, Basundhara are found in this Asana.
www.buddhastatues.org /postures_of_buddha.htm   (381 words)

 Asana #1
This is the dummy copy describing the asana in every important respect.
Kathy Hallen & Fran Slavich practice and teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in the tradition of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois from Mysore, India.
They offer ashtanga yoga workshops, ashtanga yoga classses, and private ashtanga yoga instruction for all levels.
www.ridethebreath.com /asanas1.html   (261 words)

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