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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 ...