Have you considered doing yoga asanas/poses, or began but then gave up?
In this article I’ll share three reasons to regularly practice asana yoga poses.
Yoga is the steady control of the mind, and the senses. It helps us to view all aspects of life evenly.
Even though there are eight limbs/stages of yoga.
I’ll mainly be focusing of the asanas/postures, and how the impact us.
Here are three three reasons why you should practice asanas regularly.
1. Yoga asanas helps to discipline the body and mind
Discipline of the body, translates to discipline of the mind.
Yoga is one of the best ways to train and discipline both body and mind.
I’ve realized this fact in my experience with practicing yoga asanas
Whenever we practice yoga asanas. The focus and commitment that goes into each asana/pose directly contributes to discipline and focus on a mental and spiritual level
Yoga helps to still the restless mind, and intellect. Leading to a more fulfilling life.
As we are able to remain balanced regardless of the challenges we may face.
2. Yoga asanas helps to deepen spiritual practice
The regular practice of asanas helps us to overcome the limitations of the body. Making it a fine-tuned vessel for our spirit to dwell in.
Asanas also enhance the meditative experience in a powerful way.
When we are healthy and physically strong. Then it’s easier to maintain inner harmony. And a deeper communion with God, and the Universe.
Through equanimity, we are able to selflessly serve others, and act according to our highest good.
3. Yoga asanas revitalize the body
Asanas are postures that use the limbs of the body to provide the necessary weights and counter-weights, to strengthen the body.
The various asanas stimulate the different organs and subtle energies of the body.
keeping the body free from disease. While soothing the nerves, and developing agility and endurance.
With the regular practice of asanas, we become liberated from various physical disabilities.
Tips to guide you along the way
Here are some tips for practicing asanas:
- Asanas are best done on an empty stomach. It’s best to allow at least four hours to pass after heavy meals, before practicing asanas.
- Before doing asanas, especially advanced ones. The bladder and bowels should be emptied.
- The two most suitable times to practice asanas are; early morning and late evening. The early morning session is suitable for difficult asanas, and the evening is more suitable for practicing stimulative asanas.
- Asanas should be done in a clean place, with even flooring, and preferably on a mat.
- Try not to practice asanas after being in the sun for several hours.
As stated in Light on Yoga “Practicing asanas without the backing of Yama and Niyama, is mere acrobatics.”
Yama is the first of the eight stages of yoga, which addresses universal moral commandments.
Niyama is the second stage which addresses self purification by discipline.
Both Yama and Niyama control our passion and emotion. They help us to live in harmony with others.
Asanas keep the body strong and healthy, and allows us to maintain inner balance.
Practicing asanas regularly is an excellent way to strengthen the body, and prevent diseases. It’s also beneficial for balancing the mind and enriching our spiritual journey.
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Have an awesome day.