Classifying Asanas, Levels, Methods, Mastering Them Part Iv

Asanas are best classified depending on their application, for example, there are asanas for meditation, for improving ones health, for relaxing the mind and body, etc. Asanas can be broadly classified as under:

Meditative Asanas

For meditating one may assume meditative Asanas, such as, the Padmasana (Lotus position), Siddhasana (Perfect position), Swastikasana ( Auspicious position) Vajrasan (Thunderbolt position), or Samasana (Balance position) etc. The purpose behind these Asanas is to stabilise the body for advance practice of Pranayama and meditation.

Health Improvement Asanas

As everyone knows, Asanas have a beneficial effect on the human bodys various systems, such as, Matsyendrasana (spinal twist) which benefits the digestive system and helping the pancreas to improve its insulin production. Similarly, Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand) produces good results for the endocrine gland system, particularly the thyroid gland. All Asanas that have a complementary effect on various organs of the body are classified under the health improvement category.

Relaxation Asanas

Shavasana (Corpse position) and Makarasana (Crocodile position) are a couple of Asanas that help to relax and rest the mind and body.

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By: Merry

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