<<What is asanas?>>
When we say "Yoga", perhaps due to the
image of "Asana", it seems that only the aspect of "calisthenics"
is emphasized in present days Japan. However, differing from ordinary physical
exercises, Asana is a method of physical postures which includes breathing
exercises, mind concentration and retention (holing your body in a particular
The original purpose of Asana is to make one's sitting
posture (the way of crossing the legs) for meditation become comfortable
It's because in order to meditate effectively, one has to keep the sitting
posture for a long time, so that the joints and muscles of the body have
to be flexible.
<<Four Types of Fundamental
Asana Positions--The basis for all types of meditation>>
Asana can be roughly divided into four kinds;
4.Making the neck flexible and strong
If we do not exercise well every part of the body in our
usual life, the physical balance falls in deflection. And by practicing
all these Asanas, we can get rid of such imbalance. Since each kind of
Asana acts on different parts of the body, the ideal would be to practice
overall the 4 types of physical postures when we do Asana.
effect of Asana
laxity and excitement
(2)Makes the body ready for long-hour meditation by loosening up and strengthenig
the muscles and joints;
(3)Restores the balance of the cerebrum, the nerves and the hormons ad
(4)Adjusts the spine and purifies the Sushumna, the path for Kudalini.
This promotes the awakening of Kundalini.
(5)Makes one healthy and the inner organs strong, thus prepares one for
the strenuous breathig exercises.
||THE BENDING FORWARD ASANAS
(1)To loosen the joints and muscles and make them flexible;
(2)To relax the mind and makes it easy to enter meditation;
(3)To engender deep sleep.
||THE STRETCHING ASANAS
1.To make you energetic both physically and mentally;
2.To give you courage and the power to decide;
3.To give you strong cocentration.
||THE TWISTING ASANAS
1.As this type of Asana adjusts the spinal shear, it straightens
up the Sushumma channel. Hence it makes it easy for Kundalini to
2.It cures liver and spleen diseases by removing congestion of the
3.It stabilizes the mind and makes long meditations possoble.
||THE ASANAS MEANT TO
MAKE THE NECK FLEXIBLE AND STRONG
By promoting the blood circulation above the neck,
1.Remove stress and mental fatigue quickly;
2.Restores the balance of the hormones and rejuvenates them;
3.Tones and stabilizes the nerves;
4.Is closely connected with the Yoga of Illusory Body and the Yoga
rules to practice Asana
||Keep the room at a moderate temperature (If it is too
cold, the body gets strained and it is hard to practice. And if it
is too hot, the strength of concentration decreases and it is also
hard to practice.) Also, try to choose the quietest place as possible.
||Do not practice on excessively soft
surfaces, such as bedding or mattress.
||Except when there is any special designation, all the
exhalation and inhalation should be done with the nose. However, if
the nose is stuffed, you may temporarily use the mouth.
||Do not practice immediately after meals or bathing.
||For wearing, choose something comfortable; do not choose
tight clothes, including the underwear. Also, take off your socks;
it is better to do it barefooted. Take off also glasses, accessories
If you have a stiff body, you should cut down on your intake of
fat or sweet food. And if you have pain, the symptoms can be alleviated
by cutting down on your intake of sweetness or by reducing the general
volume of meals.