Yoga – “It is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines, which originated in ancient India.”
Asana – “The posture.”
The posture in which one sit or stand. It may be forward, backward, side bending, twisting, stretching, balancing, inversion or relaxing and meditative posture also.
Origin of asana is in India. Patanjali describes asana as a “steady and comfortable posture. In yoga sutra Patanjali describes asana as third limb in astang Ayurveda.
Path of Yoga Sana
Pranayama is the fourth limb of the spiritual Ashtanga yoga practice.
Pranayama contain two words pran and ayam, “pran” means breath or life force or Energy and “ayama” means to extend or draw out . Thus,
Relaxes the body.
- The sanskrit word mudra means “posture”. Yoga mudra is hand posture used with pranayama.
- Each area of the hand has a reflex reaction to the specific part of the brain. So, mudra redirect the energy flow and reflexes of the brain. Thus, stimulate different parts of the body.
- The study of naturopathy said that our body is made of panchatatva, agni(fire), akash(sky), prithvi(earth), jal (water) and vayu (gas) and if anyone these five becomes much or less, diseases arise.
- Five fingers of our hand express these five substances as following.
Thumb – Agni tatva
Tarjani- Vayu tatva
Madhyama – Akash tatva
Anamika – Pruthvi tatva
Kanistha – Jal tatva