Asanas or Poses

Asana is the Sanskrit word for Yoga Posture, or Yoga Pose. Yoga postures are done in a very gentle stretching motion.  It helps balance the mind and body. The poses or asanas rejuvenate the brain, spine, glands and internal organs. They work by increasing the blood and prana or life force supply to these areas and by stimulating them with a gentle squeezing action. The poses were designed to work on more than one aspect of the body at the same time.
The Yoga Asanas produce their beneficial effect on the organs and glands in three ways:
  1. The position of the asana often causes a slight squeezing of the organ or gland. This has the effect of massaging the organ or gland and stimulating it. 
  2. The position of the asana enhances an increase in blood circulation to the specific target organ or gland.
  3. Deep breathing and visualizing the target area sends an extra supply of prana to the area.
The Yoga Postures and Asanas exercise every part of your body.  Below is a list of some common poses in both Sanskrit and English: