Asana is a posture held firm with comfort. Asana is a third limb of Raja Yoga.
which means a “steady, stable, pleasant posture is Asana.” Asana or posture is for achieving a healthy body and healthy mind, so one can be comfortable in one position or asana for meditation and other higher practices. Asana is way to refine, awaken and channel or gross energies to subtle energies.
There are 8.4 millions kinds of yoga poses of which only 84 are particularly useful to Yoga Practitioners.
Pranayama, controlling the vital forces of the body and mind is the forth limb of Raja Yoga. Pranayama is derived from Prana and Ayama. Prana means purest and subtlest forms of cosmic energy. It is all pervading, eternal and ever existing. Ayama means extension or lengthening. Breath is used as a tool to control, refine and channel our Prana. Pranayama is for cleansing our mind, nervous system, mental and emotional bodies and gradually refining gross prana or forces to subtle prana or life force or eternal cosmic energy. The Hatha-Yoga Pradipika describes eight classical Pranayamas. These are Suriya and Chandra Nari, Bhastrika, Kapalbhati, Anuloma Viloma, Nari Sodhana, Bhramari, Kaki, Shitali and Shitakari Pranayama. In the Gitananda tradition Swamiji used to teach around 120 Pranayamas.
A gesture that creates a seal for energy and promotes neuromuscular coordination.
Neuromuscular lock for energy useful in pranayama sadhana.