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Asana is a physical posture not to be confused with exercise. It is defined in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali as 'Sthiram Sukham Asanam' i.e. that which is comfortable and balanced (posture) is an Asana.

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Asana a prerequisite of pranayamam

There are 8 component of yoga by Patanjali. Yamas, Nigam, Āsana, Prānāyāma, Pratyāhāra, Dhāranā, Dhyāna, Samādhi. It was mentioned in many yoga text books and commentary, one should practice asanas ...
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Panchamundi and Navamundi asanas

I was curious about the Panchamundi and Navamundi asanas. Is the provision of sitting and meditating in those asanas given in tantras of Sri Vidya, Kubjika Tantra or tantras like Jayadrathayamala? ...
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What is the name of asana in which Lalitha devi sit?

Consider the following picture of Lalita Devi She sat in a particular asana. I want to know the exact name of the asana here. What is the name of the asana in which the Lalita Tripura Sundari sit?
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Significance of Hanuman's sitting posture?

In many images, Lord Hanuman is shown as sitting in a particular posture seen in the images given below: Here, he is kneeling down with the left knee touching the ground and the right leg is placed ...
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Positiion of tongue during padmasana according to Hatha Yoga Pradipika

Hatha Yoga Pradipika, in a verse on padmasana, mentions the position of tongue. Gaze on the tip of the nose, keeping the tongue pressed against the root of the teeth of the upper jaw, and the chin ...
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How much time it takes for Kundalini activation via padmasana?

Hatha Yoga Pradipika says that it takes 12 years to achieve success in Yoga (activating Kundalini) if the Yogi is doing siddhasana By contemplating on oneself, by eating sparingly, and by practising ...
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Is there any interdependence between asanas and pranayamas?

Asana is a prerequisite for Pranayama. There are several types of Pranayama and Asana. Is the effect same in the following two cases Doing any type Pranayama with any Asana Doing a particular type ...
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What is the difference between yoga and yogasana?

We keep people using the terms "Yoga" and "Yogasana" interchangeably. Are they synonym? If not, what is the difference between the two?
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What is asana siddhi and its importance based on vedic srutis or smritis

What is asana siddhi and importance? It would be better to back it up with references from the vedic literatures. Also it would help to provide some scriptures that mention the importance and also ...
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Difference between meditating in padmasana Vs shavasana?

I understand after going through few posts here that even though shavasana is not a preferred posture for meditation as the person may fall off to sleep, hence padmasana/siddhasana is the best asana. ...
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What is the significance of the Asana for doing Japa or Sadhana?

What is the significance of the Asana for doing Japa or Sadhana? Are there different asanas for different types of sadhanas? Is it different for the Vaishnavs and Shakti path? Is there a particular ...
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Scriptures other than the Hata Yoga Pradipika containing asanas

chapter I of Hata Yoga Pradipika lists out the following 15 different types of asanas along with details Swastika-âsana, Gomukha-âsana, Vîrâsana, Kurmâsana, Kukkuṭa âsana, Uttâna ...
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Can one sit in a Yogic posture (Asana) when not performing spiritual activities like meditation?

Can one sit in an asana (e.g. half-lotus / full lotus) in a non-meditative context such as when using the computer / browsing the internet? Or is it an offense? I tried to search online but found ...
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Is there any prerequisite for practicing Pranayama?

There are 8 component of yoga by Patanjali. Yamas Niyama Āsana Prānāyāma Pratyāhāra Dhāranā Dhyāna Samādhi I want to start Pranayama(e.g. Bhastrika, Kapal Bhati, Anulom Vilom etc.) so should I ...
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Which scripture or book is the origin of the Surya Namaskara asanas?

In which scripture (not of Kaliyuga), Surya Namaskara (12 steps asana) is mentioned? I have checked Hatha yoga Pradipika and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, but nowhere Surya Namaskara is mentioned. I have ...
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What is navamundi asana and its significance?

Navamundi is a very special asana with respect to tantric tradition. Swami vishuddhananda paramahansa is believed to have set up this asana in his ashram in kashi. What is this ? What is its ...
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What is Vajroli Mudra?

I have heard lot about this mudra and its benefits and online text have different different version of it. If any one can explain me in full detail with pictures, quoting the relevant texts and ...
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Why it is important to squat while performing achamana?

An Achamana is a purificatory ritual that consists of sipping small amount of water from right palm after sanctifying it(the water) with mantras. An Achamana precedes all Vedic ritual. There are ...
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What is the Asana is that Bhagawan Vishnu is laying down in?

Many images depict Bhagawan Vishnu laying on his side with a hand supporting his head. What is this Asana called? Also, what does it signify?
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