Yoga Postures (asanas)
Yoga is a comprehensive system of
physical, mental and spiritual development. For physical development the
yogic system offers a series of postures known as "yoga asanas."
These asanas are not gymnastics or ordinary exercises. Asanas are composed of
smooth, slow motions and held postures. During their practice, the body
remains in a state of relaxed efficiency and the deep breathing which naturally
accompanies them carries more oxygen to the bloodstream. During asanas, energy
is accumulated and the body refreshed.
Yoga postures benefit all of the body systems. The twisting and bending
that we do during the performance of these postures places pressure on the
endocrine glands, helping them to function in a more balanced manner. The
result is improved functioning of the entire organism. In addition, yoga
postures affect the glandular secretions that control our emotions. By balancing
these secretions the postures help to bring about mental composure. Yoga
postures improve digestion, stimulate circulation, massage the internal organs
and they relax and tone up the muscles and nervous system.
Contrary to popular imagination, you don't have to be an acrobat or gymnast to
practice yoga postures. There are yoga postures which are suitable for all
people. Our instructors will choose the postures which are best suited for
you and explain how you can practice them in a integrated program which will
help you to achieve physical and mental well being.