The magic and science of Asana practice


An exciting world waiting to be explored

Much has been written, discussed, debated and analyzed about yoga, and more specifically about Asana.

This is not surprising, since yoga has been around for a long time, (it is said, for a few thousand years) and what is more, it has survived, and thrived.

(That is some customer satisfaction and product longevity. But let us keep the story of the continued survival and success of yoga over the ages for another blog, for another day.)

(There is also ample mythology, mystery, magic and mysticism, some rumours, quite a few wild claims, many misunderstandings, and much clear evidence of Asana being the be all and end all of health and well being. And that story, also, for another day!)

Asana practice is the most visible and therefore most photographed practice in yoga. For modern times, it is also one of the most accessible and practical aspects. It makes good replacement for those people who cannot or do not want to get into impact exercise, like weight training and calisthenics, or running or playing sport.

Yoga Asana gives excellent all round exercise, both cardiovascular and aerobic, and provides flexibility, strength, stamina, endurance and most importantly, agility. Asana practice is a way out of aging, and a way back, a return as it were to youth, eternal youth, until we pass on.

“An hour of Asana practice gives me 25 hours in a day”, said one of my students.

I agree.

The work of the body, aided by gravity’s natural function of pulling you downwards, and that of the breath, which allows energy to pass freely around the body, makes Asana practice rejuvenating, light, and unique. It is a practice in effortlessness, and an act of non-doing, if such opposites can be strung together. Asana practice is a practice of being, not doing.

What is it all about?

Going just a bit deep