It seems that maybe the purpose for practicing yoga postures has become lost in all the trendy pictures that are posted on Facebook and Instagram nowadays. If a workout or exercise is what you are seeking, there are plenty of programs at the gym that will satisfy your need for sculpting the body. What makes yoga unique is that pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation are included.
Yogi Swatmarama said that a correct meditative posture is most important to a yogi. Yoga poses are designed to make your body strong and flexible enough to sit comfortably in meditation, to give yourself time for self-realization.
According to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (one of the leading textbooks on Hatha Yoga), there are 4 main asanas. Keep reading to learn more...
*These poses should only be attempted when the body has become strong and flexible as a result of regular and dedicated yogasana practice. Trying to force yourself into any of these postures will only bring pain/injury, discomfort and might cause you to actually take steps backward in your progression. Be gentle with your body; there is no rush.
The pose of perfection.
Siddhasana is a meditative posture calms the mind, regulates blood pressure and sex hormones, and stabilizes heart function. Stimulates and prepares ajna chakra for when energy rises from mooladhara and swadisthana chakras. Purifies the 72,000 nadis by: stimulating mooladhara chakra, and meridians are pressed in the feet which are connected to major organs like the stomach, gallbladder, liver, spleen, etc. Easier to practice than padmasana (lotus pose). Try to make time for a daily practice of Siddhasana, as this is known as the most important. For women, this meditative posture is known as Siddha Yoni Asana.
Destroyer of a yogi's diseases
Padmasana (or Kamalasana) is known as the lotus pose. This meditative posture balances prana, your life force/energy. Changes metabolic structure and brain patterns. Blood flow to the legs is lessened and this allows more blood flow to the abdomen area, which is especially good for people with any emotional problems. This pose will only be comfortable when the lower back, hips and legs are opened, which is a result of a stable mind and regular practice.
The Lion's Pose
There are actually 2 ways to perform Simhasana. The above picture shows the 2nd technique. The first technique starts by crossing the ankles under the genitals, palms stretched out on the knees, and extending the tongue as far as possible. Both techniques are great for the throat, mouth, nose, and ears. Uddiyana and moolabandha occur naturally here.
The Gracious/Blessed Pose
Bhadrasana naturally stimulates moolabandha. Its really beneficial for the reproductive organs and also helping to relieve any disfunction in those areas. Other yogis call this Moola-bandhasana or Gorakshasana, but these 2 postures require the feet and ankles to be extremely flexible, so first become comfortable with the technique shown in the picture above.
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*We did not write the instructions on how to get into these postures. For these instructions, please refer to Hatha Yoga Pradipika by Swami Muktibodhananda, or Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati. OR you can message us! :)