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Questions tagged [asana]

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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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?