Asanas or yogasanas are the postures or exercises that are commonly known to yoga. There are 84 Classical Hatha Yoga Postures and generally only 33 or so of these postures are used today.

Asana practice develops a strong mind enabling the practitioner to endure difficulties with greater ease. Regular practice of yogasana increases willpower and concentration, it improves vital energy and brings about equilibrium. One radiates with heatlh and a new found confidence through the practice of asana and the practitioner develops the ability to inspire others through speech and through our actions.

In Hatha Yoga the asanas are not merely exercises for the physical body, although they have many benefits for the health of the body. Hatha Yoga asanas are a means of purification for the mental and physical bodies and are used as a means of preparing the body and mind for the spiritual path.


Here in this body are sacred rivers; here are the sun and the moon, as well as all the pilgrimage places. 
I have not encountered another temple
as blissful as my
own body.